A Message of Support from the Vice Provost

March 19, 2021

By Lisa Carter, Vice Provost for Libraries

As we watch the events near Atlanta unfold, it is impossible to ignore the pain felt by a significant portion of our community. While so much is still unknown, the reality must be faced that our neighbors, colleagues, friends, and family members who are part of the Asian community face yet another moment of fear, stress, and intense concern for their safety.

Stop AAPI Hate released a report this week that found there were nearly 3,800 hate incidents reported to the group from March 19, 2020, to February 28, 2021. 68% were reported by women, and it is acknowledged the reporting numbers are likely severely underreported. 68% of the abuse was verbal harassment or name-calling, while 11.1% was physical. It is imperative we recognize the ongoing trauma created for the APIDA and other BIPOC communities, and do our part to provide support and space for those impacted in ways many of us cannot understand.

I know, as I have said before, words in solidarity are a start but they’re not enough. Action in solidarity is what creates change. Our work as an organization must be focused on doing our part to not only create inclusive environments, but also support and stand up for the many colleagues, students, staff, and community members in marginalized communities, as well as address the root causes of violence and hate.

To our Asian community – we acknowledge the pain inherent in events like this. Beyond the resources available through our campus HR channels, here are some additional resources:

APIDA support on campus

APIDA affinity groups on campus

We see you. We support you.