Dear Laurentian Friends,
We write today with sadness and frustration over Tuesday’s violent attacks on eight people in Atlanta, including at least six Asian women. There has been a dramatic rise in violence against people of Asian descent across the nation, with nearly 3,800 reports in the past year. We denounce all acts of violence, racism, prejudice, and hatred, and we stand in solidarity with all of our community members, especially our Laurentians of Asian descent during this traumatic time. We recognize the critical need for eliminating bias and bigotry in the North Country and beyond with our example of active empathy at St. Lawrence.
We urge members of our community to look at our Strategic Action Plan for Diversity and Inclusion as a reminder for how we expect each other to support and give voice to underrepresented groups on campus. Students can find immediate support in a variety of ways:
- University Counseling Center: 315-229-5392
- Nationwide, 24-hour Crisis Counseling Service: 315-229-1914
- Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion: 315-229-1881 (email@example.com)
- Chaplain’s Office: 315-229-5062 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- International Student Services: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty and staff members can find support through the Employee Assistance Program. For more information, contact Human Resources at 315-229-5596.
Hate has no place in the St. Lawrence community. If you believe you have experienced a bias-related incident or know someone who has, please submit a Bias Incident Report right away. In an emergency situation, Safety and Security is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 315-229-5555.
President Bill Fox and Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion Kimberly Flint-Hamilton