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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Supporting our Asian and Asian American faculty and staff

(Versions of this message were sent to CLA faculty, staff, and students on March 18, 2021.)

We find ourselves reeling from another horrific tragedy, as eight people were murdered during mass shootings in Atlanta on Tuesday. We mourn the loss of these lives and express our deepest sorrow for the families and loved ones of the victims. 

Six women of Asian descent were among the victims. The blunt and horrible occurrence of this latest act once again brings instances of violence against Asians and Asian Americans to the forefront of our national attention. Our Asian American community and many of our international staff, faculty, and students have endured the fear and pain of hateful responses to the COVID pandemic and other instances of bigotry and attacks against the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American communities since March 2020. The pain and fear these kinds of horrendous and violent incidents cause is a heavy load to bear for our Asian and Asian American community in CLA.