This message to members of the WashU Olin community was sent by Dean Mark P. Taylor and the members of the SMP Council and the Olin East and Southeast Asia Club.
Dear Olin faculty, staff and students:
We write to you today from a place of both sadness and anger in response to continued acts of bigotry and hatred that have divided our nation over the past year. The violence committed in Atlanta this week, as well as all acts of discrimination and violence inflicted upon members of the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities are unacceptable.
These acts stand in direct contradiction with Olin’s values of diversity, collaboration, integrity, excellence and leadership. We stand in solidarity with you, walking on the path forward together.
These events are another painful reminder that we must continue to work to create an inclusive community that values and respects our Asian community members.
Below, please find a list of a few campus spaces where you can begin or continue the work of crafting the inclusive community we all desire—one where we all can live, work, grow and thrive. To create that community, it is imperative that we each rise to the challenge of becoming allies in this work.
- Center for Diversity and Inclusion
- Bias Report and Support System
- Office of International Students and Scholars
- Olin Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
- SMP Council
- Olin East and Southeast Asia Club
- Chinese Students and Scholars Association
- Korean Graduate Student Association
- Taiwanese Graduate Student Association
- Chinese Business Association
- Korean Undergraduate Business Association
- Chinese Students Association
If you feel uneasy or worried about the recent uptick in violence against the Asian community, in addition to Olin’s undergraduate and graduate student affairs teams you can seek mental health resources at the Habif Wellness Center. Faculty and staff Mental Health Resources are also available.
This work isn’t abstract for us within the Olin community. As you can see from this story in The New York Times, the consequences of this hatred hit very close to home. Jason Wang is a 2009 BSBA from Olin. We are called to respond. This is who we are. These are our colleagues. These are our classmates, our friends, our family. This is Olin.
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