The murders of eight people during a planned attack in Atlanta on Tuesday has further heightened anxiety in Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities that have for too long experienced persistent racism. While authorities in Georgia continue to investigate the motive of this week’s shootings, The University of Tulsa strongly condemns these acts as well as the growing number of assaults – physical, verbal and social – on people of Asian descent during the past year.
Hate crimes have no place in our society and certainly not on a college campus where education and enlightenment are our ultimate goals. At TU, we believe acceptance and inclusion of people from diverse backgrounds contribute to a richer, more fulfilling academic experience. We denounce violence in all of its forms along with any acts that run counter to our values.
Any member of the TU family who encounters xenophobia, misogyny or other forms of discrimination should report them immediately to campus officials. This can be done anonymously. Many departments across campus are available to assist students and employees, and you will find a list of resources at the end of this message.
TU’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion offers many training opportunities and, in light of recent incidents, plans to facilitate a discussion addressing attacks on members of the Asian community. We welcome your questions as well as ideas for programming to uphold and advance justice on our campus.
We stand in solidarity with our students, faculty and staff – some of whom have faced systemic racism directly and others who fear that they or their families will be affected by prejudice that often stems from ignorance and intolerance. It is up to the rest of us to do better, to correct misinformation and to speak up when we see wrongdoing. Hate has no place at TU.
Janet K. Levit
Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion