Whereas since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a disturbing rise in anti-Asian bias and hate incidents;
Whereas March 16, eight people were murdered, including six Asian women, in the Atlanta area further raising the level of fear and concern; and
Whereas this University has a history of anti-Asian racism; now, therefore, be it
Resolved that the Faculty Senate of the University of Virginia:
- Mourns the loss of these lives in Atlanta.
- Stands in firm solidarity with Asian and APIDA (Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American) students, faculty, staff, and local community members who have experienced acts of racism, xenophobia and related harassment.
- Accepts the responsibility for speaking out against and taking active steps to prevent harassment and violence aimed at Asian or APIDA individuals or groups.
- University’s Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement