Condemning anti-Asian racism

Dear Texas Woman’s Community,

I’m writing to you with a heavy heart, imagining the grief and pain of those who were closest to the serial murder and shooting rampage of mostly Asian women in Atlanta on Tuesday night. 

I am also joining with a cadre of Asian American Pacific Islander students and faculty who have written to me expressing righteous indignation over these killings. The horrific act on Tuesday has added to what these students have described as a growing anti-Asian sentiment over this past year.

In a group letter they shared with me: “One of the issues that is coming up in the AAPI community is student fears of returning to school, and whether schools are prepared for—and even aware of—the anti-Asian racism that we Asian Americans are fearing, anticipating, and anxiously sitting with on a daily basis.”

I do not know all the answers to alleviate these fears, but I do know we are making strides forward with various anti-racist efforts under way from the overarching work of the Chancellor’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council to those of individual student organizations.

Let me be clear. I condemn in the strongest terms anti-Asian racism and violence.

If you are among those deeply affected by Tuesday’s events, please keep in mind we have counseling available in CAPS for students and through the EAP for faculty and staff.

The Texas Woman’s community has shown such resilience over the past year, holding each other in times of grief, fear, and uncertainty—and that has made all the difference in persevering through these challenging times.

With a pioneering spirit,
Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D.
Chancellor and President

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