This University Stands With You – A Message from President Mary B. Marcy and President-elect Nicola Pitchford

Dominican’s community simply would not exist without the work and presence of Asian-American students, colleagues, community partners, and families. As this country echoes the worst patterns of its racist history during the current pandemic, we decry the rise in anti-Asian hate and violence and affirm that honoring all people and dismantling white supremacy are non-negotiable and indispensable to our work as a university. We stand as an indivisible community dedicated to growth, to knowledge, to wisdom, and to making those things accessible to all.

To our Asian and Asian-American students, colleagues, and other members of our community: at this time of grief and anger and stress, know that this University stands with you. Please draw on the University’s resources for support. These resources include the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; the members of the Diversity Action Group and ASDU’s Student Diversity Advocacy Committee; the leaders and members of student organizations including Kapamilya, Black Student Union, Latine Unidos, and PRIDE; our Human Resources colleagues and the Employee Assistance Program; University Counseling Services; and Campus Ministry. In addition, the Office of the President and the Offices of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs are here to support and stand with you. 

To those who seek to be effective allies: let us listen, look out, learn, speak up, and love. There are numerous resources available for ongoing self-education and action in the DAG Repository.

In short, prejudice, discrimination, and racist and sexist violence are always unacceptable. Dominican must continue working to be part of the solution, and continue to build a community of inclusion.

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