The UF community strongly condemns the rise of anti-Asian hatred and racism and has issued numerous statements in support of our Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander students, faculty and staff. You can read these statements below.
Our hearts are heavy with sorrow over the eight people shot to death in Atlanta earlier this week, including six women of Asian descent. Rising incidents of violence and xenophobia against Asians, Asian-Americans and people of Asian descent across the country are reprehensible and must stop.
As a global university, we have a privilege and a responsibility to raise our voice against prejudice and xenophobia and for shared understanding and mutual respect for all people.
Early this month, we celebrated the Fulbright scholarship program that promotes these ideals. The importance of countering xenophobia directed at Asians and Asian-Americans is addressed in my video statement created for Fulbright Awareness Week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgQIXXiqM2o&t=10s
The heinous acts of some can lead to the fear and distress of many. To our students, faculty and staff who are fearful or distressed because of this terrible violence, please know that we cherish you and your presence at our university.
In my letter last week, I wrote on the power of community and the amazing impact we can have when we work together. I meant every word of what I wrote and wholly believe that we are better when we care for and respect one another. Our community thrives when we see and honor what makes us great.
As a community, we also need to show up for and affirm others when they are the targets of hatred and violence. Sadly, the national rise in racial violence against the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community, as well as the horrific and murderous attacks in Atlanta this week, are heinous examples of how hatred remains a chronic problem in our society. To our APIDA community: we know you are hurting and directly affected by racism and these numerous violent acts. We see you, we value you, and we are here for you.
In a message shared by President Fuchs today, he encouraged our entire university community to take a stance against racism. Please know there is never a place for hatred or violence against anyone, and it exists in opposition to who we should continually strive to be as a global nation.
We cannot be indifferent when members of our communities are hurting. We all can play a role in eradicating intolerance. Our identities —including race, gender expression and identity, ethnicity, and religion, to name a few —are not deficits, but dividends of who we are. It is critical we advocate for our collective humanity, care for one another, and continue important action to challenge and end violence, malicious stereotyping, and racism.
As a reminder to all students, we know that you are, as always, heavily amid your studies, but certainly not untouched by the world and events around you. If needed, we hope you will reach out to a trusted member of your support system or our team at the Counseling and Wellness Center for support.
As the semester begins to wind down, we are working hard to prepare for the next several academic terms. Today, Provost Glover shared with faculty and staff that the university plans to return to a regular course offering for Summer B and Fall semesters under the continued guidance of UF Health epidemiologists. That means students who want to take face-to-face courses in a classroom with a professor will be able to do so. A regular selection of online courses will also continue to be available.
This decision is based on the favorable progress in vaccinations and continued declines in positive cases on campus, in our community and elsewhere. Summer A and C semesters will be conducted in the same way as the Spring semester – with physical distancing, reduced classroom capacities and hybrid classes – a combination of in-person and synchronous online instruction.
We continue to center your voices and needs in our efforts, Gators. Next week, on Wednesday, March 24, we are excited to bring you more ways to take a pause with the second Gator Recharge Day. In partnership with Student Government, these Recharge Days were created to promote holistic wellness and allow you to have fun, rest, and renew your energy. We have encouraged academic courses, exams, or labs on those days to be limited, where possible. From food trucks and a movie viewing featuring a virtual conversation with Tiffany Haddish, and onward to free t-shirts and a silent disco in the Swamp, we will offer a wide range of events from sunrise to sunset across campus to provide you many opportunities to engage. If you have academic requirements during Recharge Days, please know that we hope you will stop by as your schedule allows. I urge you to explore the opportunities that await via the full list of physically distant events available online.
We are five weeks from the end of the semester. Let’s keep wearing masks and finish this semester strong.
Sending you my best, Gators.
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs
March 19, 2021
Dear Business Gators,
We join the University of Florida community and so many around the world in support of the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander community. After an increased pattern of violence, we strongly condemn any racism, hate and intolerance and stand in support of our Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander students, faculty and staff.
To our Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander community, we stand with you and support you. We value you and all of the unique perspectives, experiences and strengths you offer. We want to empower your experience, and above all else, make sure you know that you are welcome here.
If you see incidents of bias on the University of Florida campus, please share them with the university using a RESPECT Team Report. You can also contact the Care Team if you are feeling distressed in any way. Students can always request the support of a counselor at the Counseling and Wellness Center, while faculty and staff can reach out via the UF Employee Assistance Program.
With all of our support,
Assistant Dean of Administration
Assistant Dean and Director, UF MBA
Associate Dean and Director, Heavener School of Business
Senior Associate Dean and Director, Hough Graduate School of Business
Associate Dean and Director, Fisher School of Accounting
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
To: UF College of Dentistry,
The UF College of Dentistry condemns all acts of hate and violence. A week ago, eight people in Atlanta, including six Asian women, were the victims of a senseless murder spree. We extend support to faculty, staff, students and patients of Asian heritage in our community. This comes at a time when hate crimes targeting Asian American and Pacific Islander communities have increased across the country.
Yesterday in Boulder 10 people were killed in a supermarket. Yet again, more sorrow, grief and senseless violence.
As UF President Fuchs wrote after the Atlanta killings, “…we have a privilege and responsibility to raise our voice against prejudice and xenophobia and for shared understanding and mutual respect for all people.” As a college, we celebrate a culture of dignity, respect, support and compassion, and continue to work towards fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. Right now, I want to be sure we are doing what we can to ensure that all members of our college community feel safe, secure and supported.
Below are various resources for support, reporting and educating ourselves, and how we can strive to do better for our friends, neighbors and colleagues.
Dean Isabel Garcia
Educating Ourselves About Anti-Asian Racism & How We Can Help
Anti-Asian Resources at the UF Office of Asian Pacific Islander Desi Affairs
We would like to express our solidarity with our Asian-American and Pacific Islander colleagues and friends whose communities have been subject to a rising tide of racist attacks, especially over the past year. The recent shooting of eight people in Atlanta, six of whom were of Asian descent, is particularly tragic and troubling.
As I tweeted last year in the wake of the George Floyd killing: “Racism and bigotry have no place in any civilized society!!!” The DCP Family strongly condemns all acts of discrimination and aggression directed at ethnic minorities and other marginalized groups in our society. We call on everyone to eschew discrimination in all its forms and to boldly challenge the ignorant proponents of hate, prejudice and xenophobia in our nation.
Finally, we grieve with all those who have lost loved ones in all acts of violence, including the latest mass shooting in Boulder, CO. We pray for your comfort and strength at this difficult time, and hope that both governments and citizens will take the necessary steps to ensure that these violent acts stop.
Dean, University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning
UF College of Education condemns acts of hate and violence -- A message from Dean Glenn Good
Once again, we are forced to confront senseless tragedy caused by despicable acts. Once again, we mourn the unprovoked loss of life. Our hearts and minds are with those shot in Atlanta earlier this week, and all those affected by continued violence in our country.
The rise of ignorant and racist attacks on Asians and Asian-Americans must stop. Acts of hate and violence have no place in our society, and the UF College of Education condemns those who perpetrate these atrocities.
As UF President Kent Fuchs stated, “…we have a privilege and a responsibility to raise our voice against prejudice and xenophobia and for shared understanding and mutual respect for all people.” Our college community is one which celebrates inclusion, diversity and equity. I call on you to stand with us, to combat racism and to work toward a just, healthy, and culturally competent society.
For resources and guides to help fight anti-Asian racism and misogyny, please see this document from our EduGator Allyship page.
Glenn E. Good, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
College of Education
University of Florida
The horrific murders in Atlanta this week are a tragic symbol of the unjustified hatred being directed at our neighbors and friends of Asian descent. Such racism and bigotry have no place in our society. If anyone in our UF community encounters a hate crime or bias incident, they should report the incident to the UF Respect Team and UFPD at respect.ufsa.ufl.edu. Also, the Employee Assistance Program (eap.ufl.edu) provides direct, 24/7 access to a licensed counselor and other resources to support well-being.
The HWCOE, like our entire country, has been elevated and enriched by the contributions of our Asian colleagues and students, and we must ensure that each and every one of them feels, and is, welcome in our college. If anyone is mistreated, everyone is diminished.
As always, I thank all of the members of the Gator Engineering family for their efforts to make our college a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.
Cammy R. Abernathy
Dean, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
UF Graduate School condemns attack on Asian Americans
Last week, we witnessed the latest tragic occurrence of the injustice, racism and violence that seems to be more prevalent against Asian Americans. The Graduate School condemns the heinous murder of the eight individuals killed last week in the three Asian-owned establishments in the Atlanta area. Six of those murdered were women of Asian descent. Sadly, this terrible crime has amplified the prejudice and bigotry against Asians and those of Asian descent, who have already been unjustifiably blamed by bigots for the COVID-19 pandemic, but even more, many have historically suffered merely because of their Asian heritage.
The Graduate School acknowledges the pain, frustration, and trauma that so many members of our UF community are feeling at this moment. We reaffirm our unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and support. We unequivocally condemn the continued violence against Asian Americans and against others, regardless of race, ethnicity, faith, nationality, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
We join with colleagues across campus in the vigorous calls for justice, positive change, and in support of our Asian-American colleagues and students. The Graduate School will not be silent or tolerate any grievous or egregious circumstances that arise related to racism, bigotry, and hate. Racism, bigotry, hate, and acts of violence have no place within the Graduate School, the University of Florida, Gainesville, and the nation.
Henry T. Frierson, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President and Dean
The Graduate School
We are deeply saddened by the shooting death of eight people in Atlanta last week. Six were women of Asian descent. as UF President Kent Fuchs stated, “…we have a privilege and a responsibility to raise our voice against prejudice and xenophobia and for shared understanding and mutual respect for all people.”
It is important that HHP support and amplify the voices of our Asian American colleagues, students, family, and friends. To do so, we must better understand their lived experience. We encourage everyone in the HHP community to join us in this effort.
To the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our college, we wish to share the UF resources available to support you (attached). Please know that we see you and are deeply sorry for the indignities and hurt you have experienced. We have not done enough and pledge to do better. We stand united with you.
Mike Reid, Ph.D., Dean
Rachel J.C. Fu, Ph.D, Chair, Dean’s IDEA Council
Once again, racist violence has rocked our nation: eight people in Atlanta, including six women of Asian descent, were murdered earlier this month. Incidents of violence against Asians and Asian Americans are heartbreaking but all too common, both historically and today.
Each of us is responsible for dismantling systemic racism in our work and our communities. Our Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) efforts, developed and implemented across all units and departments, is leading the way in effecting change at every level, increasing our awareness of how to improve our own processes and strengthening our diversity efforts.
UF/IFAS works to serve all people, without regard to race, color, sex, age, disability, religion or national origin—those are not just words on a page. As part of a global university, it is our duty to stand against prejudice and serve as an example of mutual respect for all. At the same time, we need to acknowledge and talk about the history of oppression and violence that has led us to this moment. This is the first step toward creating a future that is inclusive, diverse and equitable
These acts of violence cause pain and grief, sometimes hidden by the desire for things to appear normal when they are not. UF/IFAS aims to be a welcoming space for our Asian and Asian American faculty, staff, students and Floridians, but we can do better.
How can you get involved?
Do you know a student or colleague who needs help? Please share support resources with them.
Resources for UF faculty and students
Stand up to racism and violence:
Together we will strive toward diversity and inclusion, away from racism and hatred, and lift up our students and colleagues with dignity and respect.
Scott Angle, Vice President of Agriculture and Natural Resources
UF CJC CONDEMNS ACTS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST ASIAN & ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES
UF College of Journalism and Communications stands by our Asian Pacific Islander Desi American family. We have zero tolerance for any actions that mock, malign and attack people based on their race, ethnicity or gender.
The Stop AAPI Hate report documented at least 3,795 violent incidents against these people throughout the U.S. in the past 12 months alone. This has to stop.
Our Asian-originating communities have suffered decades of discrimination and abuse in the U.S., ever since they began migrating to this country in the mid-1800s. That suffering is in line with our brutal history of intolerance of immigrants and people of color.
The tragic shootings in Atlanta last week as well as the senseless attacks on Asian Americans during the pandemic underscore that anti-Asian sentiment is very much alive in the U.S. and that we have a long way to go in securing justice and equality for all.
Hate speech and hate crimes are unacceptable at every level. We must all take the first step to condemn these acts of violence. A second crucial step is to embrace our colleagues and friends. We call on the Gator diaspora to continually examine their own work to ensure that we are not affirming, even inadvertently, pervasive and harmful narratives about Asian-identifying people and communities.
CJC shares the sentiment UF President Kent Fuchs expressed last week:
“The heinous acts of some can lead to the fear and distress of many. To our students, faculty and staff who are fearful or distressed because of this terrible violence, please know that we cherish you and your presence at our university.”
Our College is committed to fostering an environment of inclusivity and support for all, and to leveraging the insights and talent of our students, faculty and staff and alumni to promote empathy, tolerance and understanding and affect lasting change.
Here are some additional resources:
Dear UF Law Community,
The horrific murders in Atlanta earlier this week are yet another example of the rise of anti-Asian violence during the Covid-19 global pandemic. Members of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities have been subject to physical and verbal assault at alarming rates across the United States, including here in Florida.
I condemn this racism, bigotry, and violence. Anti-Asian hate and xenophobic rhetoric have no place in a society committed to equality and the rule of law, and they certainly have no place here at UF Law.
Our nation is a community of many races, ethnicities, cultures, and backgrounds. Our law school community, like the entire nation, is enriched by the contributions of our diverse student body, alumni, faculty, and staff, including our Asian colleagues. For those of us who are not directly affected by these acts of violence, it is our collective responsibility to work together to stop acts of hatred whenever and wherever we can.
Our campus is a place where everyone should feel welcome, and we will continue to strive for a more inclusive environment. Assistant Dean for Inclusion Michelle Smith will provide updates on our current racial justice initiatives in the coming days. In the meantime, members of our Asian Pacific American Law Student Association encourage any UF Law community member to reach out to email@example.com. I thank APALSA’s leadership in this matter, in solidarity with our Black Law Students Association and Latin Law Students Association, and their ongoing work with our admissions team to advance student diversity at UF Law.
As I wrote in January, the world needs lawyers and law students now more than ever. We must affirm and bolster the rule of law by increasing access to justice, condemning hate and racism, and using law to promote equality and a more inclusive society.
Laura Ann Rosenbury
Dean and Levin, Mabie & Levin Professor of Law
University of Florida
Fredric G. Levin College of Law
The horrific murders in Atlanta this week have focused the nation’s attention on anti-Asian hatred and racism in our society. The events have occurred amidst a disturbing nationwide rise in violence, discrimination, misogyny, and xenophobia directed at Asian Americans and Asian international students.
Our college is home to faculty, staff, and students who are Asian Americans or are citizens of Asian countries. CLAS and UF have been elevated and enriched by the contributions of our Asian colleagues and students, and we must all work to ensure that every one of them feels welcome in our college and the community. We can all contribute to this goal as part of our commitment to the college mission of education, research, and service. I encourage you to engage in productive and welcoming conversations that build a sense of inclusiveness in our academic communities.
If anyone in our UF community encounters a hate crime or bias incident, they should report the incident to the UF Respect Team and UFPD at respect.ufsa.ufl.edu. The Employee Assistance Program (eap.ufl.edu) provides direct, 24/7 access to a licensed counselor and other resources to support well-being. I also draw your attention to laws and reporting requirements pertaining to hate crimes in the US (https://www.justice.gov/hatecrimes/laws-and-policies) and Florida (https://www.fdle.state.fl.us/FSAC/Crime-Data/Hate-Crimes.aspx).
Thanks to all of you who strive to make our college a safe and welcoming environment for all.
The George A. Smathers Libraries emphatically condemn the increasing violence and hatred against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The recent heinous shootings in Atlanta are an example of prejudice that must be stopped and replaced with understanding and compassion for all people, no matter what race or ethnicity. The Libraries administration stands in solidarity with these communities in recognizing and condemning anti-Asian hate crimes.
The Libraries welcome everyone in the UF community into our buildings and to use our online services and materials. We strive to create an atmosphere where each individual feels safe and secure whether using our facilities or while researching our collections. We promote diversity in our collections, policies and programming and stand behind our beliefs that information and knowledge are available for all.
We will combat fear and mistrust on the part our users and work diligently to reassure each person that we will do everything within our power to make them comfortable in our facilities and while on campus. No one should have to live in fear.
As stated in the Libraries Strategic Directions:
The Smathers Libraries will foster and maintain a culture that supports diversity, equity and inclusion, as values which are foundational and permeate all aspects of our organization. We will recognize, understand, embrace and value the ways we differ and rely upon those differences in our users and employees to be more effective and impactful as an organization.
Creating a respectful and caring community for all requires cultural awareness, literacy and humility.
I invite you to join me in the continual journey toward a safer and more tolerant world for all people. Together we can combat racism and violence. Together we can make sure the Libraries are safe and welcoming places for all.
Judith C. Russell
Dean of University Libraries
The UF College of Medicine condemns discrimination and racial injustice against any group of people. The recent escalation of attacks and discriminatory behavior toward Asian-Americans is extremely distressing, and some are hurting deeply right now. Please know that and we understand and acknowledge your pain. Our expectations for ourselves are high, and we must speak up when we see acts of discrimination and hold each other and ourselves accountable for being strong in the face of prejudice.
As last spring and summer showed us, it is during times like this that we must stand together, listen carefully to what our friends and colleagues say and, most importantly, be a friend that steps toward another and holds their hand when they need it most. Many of demonstrated this unity on March 26 when you joined us for a moment of silence March 26 for Asian victims of violence in the Academic Research Building courtyard.
We know our faculty, students and staff are capable of great things and that you can lift each other up. Please check on your friends and colleagues to make sure they are doing OK. Please let any of us know if you are not doing OK.
Reflecting on Recent Events
As we face many challenges including COVID-19 and the rise in xenophobia and anti-Asian hate crimes, we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” With that in mind, we extend our support to our Asian American faculty, staff and patients following the recent murders of eight people in Atlanta, including six Asian women. This also comes at a time where hate incidents targeting members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities has increased across the country.
Let us use this time to recognize and explore our own potential biases we may have regarding other ethnic and racial groups and work toward eliminating those biases by learning more accurate information and taking a more empathetic disposition. This practice leads us to ensuring a more inclusive, equitable and safe workplace for all of us and our patients. For more resources, please visit the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access and UF Health Diversity Council websites.
As a demonstration of respect for the victims of violence in the Atlanta area on March 16, our flags are being flown at half-staff through sunset March 22. Please join Dr. Haley on Monday during the “A Few Minutes with Us” to hear him reflect on the tragedy.
Madeline M. Joseph, MD, FAAP, FACEP Ann-Marie A. Knight, MHA, FACHE
Associate Dean for Inclusion and Equity Vice President Community Engagement
Professor of Emergency Medicine Chief Diversity Officer
UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville UF Health Jacksonville
Compassion, empathy and kindness are critical elements in caring for patients as nurses. But those are also critical elements to possess as humans, which is why the recent senseless acts of violence on our Asian American Pacific Islander community--in particular the heartbreaking news of the recent deadly shooting in Atlanta--have stopped us in our tracks. At the University of Florida College of Nursing, we mourn the loss of the eight victims and condemn racism and violence in all its forms. We stand with the Asian community. We must work together, not just as nurses but as humans, to put a stop to AAPI hate and discrimination. We will continue to fight toward advocacy for social justice to help put an end to racism and discrimination that exists throughout our country.
It has been said before, but bears repeating: In the College of Nursing, we don't have a place for any kind of "ism," including racism.
In the College of Nursing, we strive to be inclusive of everyone and give each individual a sense of belonging.
The University of Florida College of Pharmacy condemns the recent wave of racial violence and hate against individuals of Asian heritage throughout our nation. The deadly shootings in Atlanta this week have affected many members of our College of Pharmacy community, and we mourn the victims of these violent acts. These unprovoked attacks are another example of our nation's struggle with racism and violence against people of color. We stand united with our Asian trainees and colleagues to foster an inclusive environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The college does not tolerate discrimination in any form and is dedicated to promoting a more just world free from racism and hate.
Dean Julie Johnson
An additional message was sent to the College of Pharmacy Community:
UF COP Community,
The recent anti-Asian violence and hate episodes are a reminder of implicit biases, bigotry, and overt racism present in the U.S. We all have to work together to ensure that we treat each other with dignity and respect. While many of the headlines of anti-Asian violence and hate have been outside of our region, it is clear that our UF COP community has not been immune to these sentiments. During a recent town hall with our Asian students, we were saddened to hear that some have felt uncomfortable or afraid out in our community over the past year. The college values our collective diversity and wishes to support our students, faculty, and staff.
We apologize for not recognizing this reality sooner, and we want to do better. We want to be sure that the COP helps you feel safe, secure, and supported in these troubling times.
Here are specific resources to support you:
Please know that we stand in solidarity with our Asian trainees and colleagues and will continue to strive for a more just world free from racism and hate.
PHHP Condemns Attacks on Asian Americans
Over the past year, the U.S. has seen a dramatic rise in crimes against people of Asian heritage, and in a horrific act earlier this week in Atlanta, eight people were killed. The College of Public Health and Health Professions condemns all acts of racial violence and hate and we mourn the victims of this tragedy.
We call on all members of our community to join in support of our Asian-American colleagues. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone is respected and valued. This week reminds us of the critical importance of this work. As current and future educators, researchers and health providers, we must serve as advocates for change as we continue to strive toward a more just world.
For a list of resources and guides to help fight anti-Asian racism, please see this article.
–Dean Michael G. Perri
Students, Faculty, and Staff,
I’m writing in recognition of the pain and suffering circulating around the recent murders in Atlanta. Earlier this week, a white man shot and killed eight people—six of whom were Asian American women. Adding insult to this, early reporting discounted the role that racism and misogyny played in the attack.
The School of Theatre and Dance condemns this violence and recognizes that this event is part of a larger pattern of rising discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), ongoing white supremacy, and pervasive misogynistic discourse in our society. We understand that these oppressive systems are at the root of this incident and we continue our commitment to undoing racism and creating a community where everyone can thrive. We know that this work is ongoing and does not occur in statements like this, but rather in iterative, persistent actions.
My deepest condolences go out to any members of the SoTD community who were affected by this attack. The following resources were passed to me via the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research; I offer them in case they may be useful to you.
Peter Carpenter, MFA PhD
Director and Professor
School of Theatre and Dance
Dear CVM Community,
It saddens me that, once again, at our college, at UF and within the state and nation, we are having to fathom the unfathomable and confront senseless tragedy caused by horrific acts.
The UF College of Veterinary Medicine denounces the racism and hatred against people of Asian heritage throughout our nation. This behavior is unacceptable and has no place in our society. Preparing leaders to solve global problems requires that advocacy for fairness and equity be part of the college’s ethos where everyone feels safe, heard, respected and valued. We, at the College of Veterinary Medicine, celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion, and call on each member to combat racism and work toward a just community. The burden should not rest on one segment of our community.
I encourage all of you to reflect on ways in which, individually and collectively, we can make this world a better place by supporting all members of our community and ensuring that our college is a safe and welcoming environment.
Dana Zimmel, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP
Interim Dean & Professor
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Florida