Dear UofSC Graduate Community,
The Graduate School joins President Bob Caslen in condemning the horrific acts of violence that have been leveled against members of the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, including the gruesome sequence of events that took place this week in Atlanta. We extend our care and support to all of our AAPI students, colleagues, and friends and acknowledge and denounce hate crimes in all of their manifestations.
According to a recent Times Magazine Article:
- The NYPD reported that hate crimes motivated by anti-Asian sentiment jumped 1,900%
in New York City in 2020.
- Stop AAPI Hate, a reporting database created at the beginning of the pandemic as a response to the increase in racial violence, received 2,808 reports of anti-Asian discrimination between March 19 and December 31, 2020.
The continued rise in xenophobia impacts all members of the Asian Diasporic community as well as the larger society. Such hateful acts remind us that we must remain vigilant in opposing racism, sexism, and gendered oppression at every turn. Cultural inclusion as well as racial and gender equity are critical to upholding the values espoused by our campus community.
Violence against any of us is violence against all of us.
Attend a Community Listening Session in the Graduate School
We invite you to join us Monday, March 22nd at 3:30 p.m. for a virtual listening session, where we can support one another and hear how this issue is impacting our community. Please check your university email for the registration link.
Some Information and Resources:
To Report a Hate Crime
- Call 911
- Contact the UofSC Police Department at 803-777-4215
- Use the Rave Guardian Safety App
To Access Well-Being Resources
- Make an appointment with UofSC Counseling & Psychiatry via MyHealthSpace or by phone at 803-777-5223
To Learn More
- Anti-Asian Xenophobia
- The Long History of Racism Against Asian Americans in the U.S.
- Executive Order Denouncing Anti-Asian Discrimination
Tracey L. Weldon
Interim Dean and Vice Provost
Toby S. Jenkins
Interim Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion