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MSS Message of Support: Anti-Asian Violence

May 14, 2021

Dear MSS Family,  

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.  

We hope you are taking time to center healing and care. Here are additional resources and ways to support (this list has been adapted from NASPA): 

Please reach out to us if you’d like someone to talk to one-on-one. We will also be holding a virtual space on Thursday, March 25th at 5 pm for those who want to be in community with their peers, dialogue and process.  

We see you; we hear you; and we are here for you. 

Sincerely,  

Vicki Gist, She | Her | Hers, Associate Dean of Students & Director, vgist@virginia.edu 

Sadira Glendenning, She | Her | Hers, Program Coordinator, sg8fx@virginia.edu  

Jannatul Pramanik, She | Her | Hers, Program Coordinator, jannatul@virginia.edu  

Alex Winkowski, They | Them | Theirs, Program Coordinator, awinkowski@virginia.edu

APIDA Community Space
Thursday, March 25th | 5 pm - 6 pm
Zoom Link

Today's community space will focus on processing the experiences of APIDA students amidst the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes and the recent shooting in Atlanta. Join MSS & CAPS for this virtual space on Thursday, March 25th from 5 pm - 6 pm. The Zoom link can be found here