Statement on the Rise in Violence Against AAPI Persons

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Dear UB Community:

Over the past year, our country has experienced a rise in racially motivated hate crimes against individuals of Asian descent. Reports indicate that nearly three thousand such incidents have been reported in the last twelve months, and in recent weeks, harassment and physical violence against vulnerable Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has escalated.

I have been disturbed and outraged by these unfolding events and the xenophobia that underlies them, as are members of the UB community. I am concerned for victims’ families and those in our community impacted by these terrible acts.

As a university, we have had long-standing relationship with both Asian and Asian American students and their families, and have partnered with Asian universities over the past few decades. This makes the University an especially important place to address this topic. We stand together as a community against all forms of hatred directed against people of Asian descent.

As educated members of society, we can all help through instruction, outreach, and compassion. And we must denounce bigotry in all forms.

Let’s continue pursuing justice as we work to make our world and this university better than they are now.

Sincerely,

Stephen Healey
Stephen Healey
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Interim President

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