March 27, 2020 @ 9:46 a.m.
Dear CU Denver community,
I am writing today about a recent increase in discrimination and harassment directed toward those perceived to be of Chinese or, more generally, Asian descent. I am very sorry to report that we are seeing examples of this directed at some of our students, faculty, and staff.
We are hearing reports of epithets being shouted at them as they walk down the street, and some are even being physically assaulted.
When faced with this type of constant, heightened discrimination, many of our friends and colleagues of Asian descent are feeling uncomfortable and unsafe. This may put their mental health at risk.
It is important for all of us to reject anti-Asian discrimination and harassment, even as represented in the guise of people expressing fear of COVID-19.
In my time here, I’ve heard from you that our diversity -- our respect for differing ideas, opinions, and cultures -- is overwhelmingly what makes you most proud of CU Denver. Our shared responsibility is to put that diversity into action by ensuring that every single member of our community feels welcome, safe, and included.
What are we doing to address the problem?
What can you do to help?
We are grateful to be part of a university community that is known for stepping up to help and support others in times of crisis. In these moments of shared fear and anxiety, we must each do our part to preserve and spread the values CU Denver holds dear: respect, civility and inclusion. Let’s keep our community a community.