This message was sent to all CALS faculty, staff and graduate assistants on 3/19/2020.
I am deeply saddened by the brutal murders in Atlanta this week of eight individuals, six of them women of Asian descent. These appalling events are a devastating reminder that those of Asian descent may be vulnerable to bias, discrimination and worse. This violence follows months of false claims that Asians are responsible for the coronavirus. To our Asian and Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American (APIDA) community members in CALS, know that we do not tolerate anti-Asian bias and that we support you. Likewise, all of us must stand up against acts of misogyny.
For members of our community who are experiencing sorrow in the wake of these events, there are opportunities to gather. Students can follow the Multicultural Student Center and APIDA Student Center on social media for information on opportunities to process these recent events. Also, for students who experience an incident of hate or bias at any time, we ask you to please file a Bias Incident Report with the Dean of Students Office.
DDEEA is holding a virtual, safe processing space for faculty and staff in the APIDA community today (March 19, 2020) at noon and are planning a larger, town hall-style virtual event in April during APIDA Heritage Month. DDEEA also holds a monthly affinity group space for faculty and staff members of the campus APIDA community, and all who identify with the community can attend. To register: https://diversity.wisc.edu/affinity-group-gatherings.
Thank you for your work to promote a positive climate in the college.
Dean and Director