March 23, 2021
We are deeply saddened by the shooting death of eight people in Atlanta last week. Six were women of Asian descent. As UF President Kent Fuchs stated, “…we have a privilege and a responsibility to raise our voice against prejudice and xenophobia and for shared understanding and mutual respect for all people.”
It is important that HHP support and amplify the voices of our Asian American colleagues, students, family, and friends. To do so, we must better understand their lived experience. We encourage everyone in the HHP community to join us in this effort.
To the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our College, we wish to share the UF resources available to support you (attached). Please know that we see you and are deeply sorry for the indignities and hurt you have experienced. We have not done enough and pledge to do better. We stand united with you.
Mike Reid, Ph.D., Dean
Rachel J.C. Fu, Ph.D., Chair, Dean’s IDEA Council