Dear UWM Faculty, Staff and Students,
On behalf of all at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, I express our sorrow and dismay for the lives lost in the shootings that left eight people dead in Atlanta. Six of those killed were women of Asian descent. We offer our condolences and support for the victims, their families and all who are impacted by these horrific crimes.
Sadly and wrongly, our country has a protracted and appalling history of anti-Asian violence. During this pandemic alone, racism and violence toward Asians have more than doubled. As a campus community, we denounce acts of racism and hatred. Our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) faculty, staff and students have made significant contributions to our campus and beyond. Many faculty members have played a key role in helping UWM to become a premier research institution. For those who are afraid and concerned, please know that we are here to support you. I encourage members of our campus communities to use the resources noted below this message. We take bias and discrimination seriously and encourage anyone who experiences or witnesses an act of bias to report it.
Please join me and all our campus leaders in solidarity as we mourn the loss of life and condemn the injustices experienced by our AAPI communities. None of us are ever alone in times of need.