LMU Stands In Solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities
March 18, 2021
Dear LMU Community,
We pray for the victims of the horrific shootings in Atlanta that took the lives of eight people, six of whom were Asian women. The torrent of violence and racism we have witnessed against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities has no place in our home. We stand in solidarity with our diverse AAPI communities, along with the entirety of our university family, which is strengthened by the contributions of our diverse group of AAPI students, colleagues, and alumni.
Yesterday, the LMU LLS Anti-Racism Center hosted Understanding Anti-Asian Discrimination and Strategies to Confront It: A Group Dialogue; a link to the recording will soon be available at the event page. On March 26 at 3 p.m, Professor Connie Chen will moderate a panel with Stop AAPI Hate leader Manjusha Kulkarni and BCLA faculty. The discussion will be open to the community, and further details will be shared in LMU This Week when available. We offer messages and resources that may assist in healing, learning, and self-expression here.
This has been a year of disturbing acts of violence against communities of color. Together we will continue to fight against injustice and hate to assure that LMU is proactively anti-racist. Let us also continue to care for one another and check in with our friends, neighbors, colleagues, and peers as we seek to heal our nation.
In solidarity, strength—and, always, love,
Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D.
Thomas Poon, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost