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Statement Against Hate

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Dear Golden Bear Community,

We are deeply saddened by the horrific events that took place in Atlanta this week, where violence led to multiple deaths in the Asian community. Asian-Americans have long endured incidents of hate and violence, escalating in the past year for no other reason than being who they are. Harassment and hatred against the Asian community are not new, but have witnessed a precipitous rise since the onset of the pandemic, owing in large part to the rhetoric attributing the origin of Covid-19 to China.

Western New England University believes our world is better when diverse peoples and cultures come together to understand each other’s experiences and perspectives. We are resolute in our commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and we categorically reject violence and hate in any form. We write to share our feelings, condemn these acts, and raise awareness of harassment and violence against people of Asian descent, including our own students, colleagues, friends, and neighbors.

As a community, WNE stands for mutual respect and civility, and we have zero tolerance for expressions or acts of harassment, hate, and violence against anyone, and especially members of our community. Please know that the Counseling Services staff, University’s EAP services, and our Spiritual Life staff are available for those in need of support at this time. In addition, we urge those with a desire to talk about this matter to reach out to your friends, colleagues, managers, and mentors, as we are all here for you if you need any assistance.

With gratitude,

Robert E. Johnson