Statement of Support for Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

Posted March 20, 2021, 12:37PM

 

JOINT MESSAGE FROM THE CHANCELLOR AND DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION/ DIVERSITY OFFICER

Dear NCCU Community:

Our heart breaks for our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities over the tragedy that happened in the Atlanta metropolitan area on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. On behalf of North Carolina Central University, we are outraged at the marked increase in verbal abuse, racist acts and violence towards the Asian and Pacific Islander community since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge our campus community to take actions and be allies to our Asian American and Pacific Islander brothers and sisters. We can stand together to move towards equity and justice. Our hearts, minds and prayers are with the family members and friends of the eight victim.

If you feel unsafe and/or feel that you are a victim of racial violence or racial harassment, you should contact NCCU Campus Police at 919-530-6106.

We encourage students to take advantage of the resources and services that are available to assist in processing this tragedy. Students seeking support can also contact the Counseling Center, located in the Student Health Building, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at 919-530-7646 and after hours at 919-530-6106. Additional services are provided by the Office of Spiritual Development and Dialogue, Monday-Friday, by calling 919-602-6967. You can also contact the Department of Diversity and Inclusion for further support at epguzman@nccu.edu or 919-530-5546.  Please be sure to take care of yourself and those around you.

For faculty and staff, assistance is available through Compsych, the University’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, by phone 24-hours a day, seven days a week; please call 866-301-9634 or go online at https://www.guidanceresources.com (University ID: EAGLES).

Other resources include:

Asian Mental Health Collective: asianmentalhealthcollective

Asian Counseling and Referral Service: acrnews

As Eagles, we stand in solidarity with and support of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

In Truth and Service,

Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D., Chancellor

Emily Guzman, LCMHCS, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Diversity Officer, Division of Student Affairs

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