We are deeply saddened by the tragic gun violence that took place in Atlanta on Tuesday night, claiming the lives of eight people, six of whom were Asian women. The School of Business condemns this incident and the increase in anti-Asian physical violence, threats and hate crimes across our nation — including in our own city.
We are a community that strives to uplift diversity, equity and inclusion. We stand in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, faculty, staff and community members.
As APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon) called out in its response Wednesday: “We must also be explicit that this violence has disproportionately impacted API women – that gender-based violence is as much at play in this pandemic of hate as racial violence. The tragedy in Atlanta especially points to the racialized sexual violence Asian women face in this country and globally.”
Many in PSU’s AAPI communities are angry, fearful and grieving. The School’s leadership is your ally, condemning hate, violence, racism and sexism, and offering continued support and advocacy for change.
Now more than ever, we must come together to foster a supportive learning environment and create meaningful change in pursuit of a more just future. Should you encounter an act of bias or violence, I ask you to report it to the Bias Review Team, a campuswide group dedicated to addressing bias incidents in our community and providing resources and support.
Cliff Allen, Dean Vergil Miller Professor The School of Business
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