As we continue to witness the rise of anti-Asian racism across the country and mourn the loss of 8 people, including 6 Asian women, to last week’s hate crime in Atlanta, the MSS professional staff would like to express that we are here to support you - we know you are hurting. The shootings in Atlanta and the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes over the past year were fueled by racism and xenophobia, and this violence connects to a long, often forgotten history of anti-Asian oppression. In particular, these murders highlight the violent impact of racialized misogyny on Asian identifying women and femmes. To say we are overwhelmed and tired is an understatement.
President Jim Ryan offers his thoughts about inclusivity at the University in this Cavalier Daily editorial.
UVA this month introduced four new and expanded student centers in Newcomb Hall. Since the opening, some questions have been raised regarding the scope or inclusivity of these centers and their missions.
The University provided the following statement on Feb. 12 to address these questions:
“Earlier this month the University announced the relocation and expansion of its Multicultural Student Center as part of an effort to offer a variety of spaces that embrace and support the diversity of this institution. These new spaces also included an expanded LGBTQ Center, as well as new Latinx-focused and Interfaith Centers. As UVA President Jim Ryan said at the opening of these centers, ‘I believe deeply that we need to build a community that is not just diverse, but also inclusive.’ In order to foster the diversity of experience and ideas that make UVA a great and good place to study and work, these centers are open to all members of the University community. They complement existing student-focused spaces such as the 1515 Building on the Corner, opened in March 2017, and Ern Commons in the Alderman Road residential area, opened in March 2012.”