Campus Statements

Campus Statement on the Recent Attacks on Asian American Community

Mar. 17, 2021

Late last night and this morning, we learned of another tragic incident of violence against Asian Americans with the killings in Georgia. The attacks on the Asian community – which are becoming more frequent – are very unfortunate, disturbing and unacceptable.

Our hearts are with the Asian community, specifically our students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and neighbors. We know these events are causing grief, fear and mourning among members of our campus community, and we wish to ensure that we stand together during these difficult times. 

We must join together to denounce hatred against the Asian community and all communities that have been targeted. Please take care of yourself, offer support to friends and family, and do not hesitate to turn to SUNY Oneonta resources for support at any time: 

  • Staff members from our Counseling, Health and Wellness Center are available to talk with students and provide support. The services are entirely online this semester. Appointments can be made by calling 1-607-436-3368. Crisis appointments are also available, seven days a week, by calling 1-844-732-6228. 
  • Faculty and staff can reach out to the Employee Assistance Program for referrals and resources. 

We wish to take this opportunity to reaffirm SUNY Oneonta's values of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and our commitment to reject actions of hate. We must all join together to denounce the racist acts that cast shadows over our society. Please consider joining the following upcoming activities to contribute to the broader discussions on DEI-related issues on our campus:

  • Join Anthropology faculty and students for a virtual presentation titled “The Antiracism Starter Pack: Asian American Edition” on Thursday, April 29, from 5 – 6 p.m. Click here to access the event
  • Join our Office of Equity and Inclusion and the PCOD Inclusive Excellence Subcommittee at noon on April 15, April 28, May 13 and May 26 for conversations titled “How Inclusive is Your Space?” 

As a reminder, the Bias Acts Response Team (BART) is available to respond to any bias acts that may affect members of our campus community. Let’s continue to reflect on these issues and work, even more fervently, to foster a more racially just and inclusive society.  

Sincerely,
Bernadette Tiapo, chief diversity officer and interim VP for Student Development, and Dennis Craig, acting president


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