Once again, racist violence has rocked our nation: eight people in Atlanta, including six women of Asian descent, were murdered earlier this month. Incidents of violence against Asians and Asian Americans are heartbreaking but all too common, both historically and today.
Each of us is responsible for dismantling systemic racism in our work and our communities. Our Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) efforts, developed and implemented across all units and departments, are leading the way in effecting change at every level, increasing our awareness of how to improve our own processes and strengthening our diversity efforts.
UF/IFAS works to serve all people, without regard to race, color, sex, age, disability, religion or national origin—those are not just words on a page. As part of a global university, it is our duty to stand against prejudice and serve as an example of mutual respect for all. At the same time, we need to acknowledge and talk about the history of oppression and violence that has led us to this moment. This is the first step toward creating a future that is inclusive, diverse and equitable.
These acts of violence cause pain and grief, sometimes hidden by the desire for things to appear normal when they are not. UF/IFAS aims to be a welcoming space for our Asian and Asian American faculty, staff, students and Floridians, but we can do better.
How can you get involved?
- Join your unit’s IDEA committee or take the lead on an activity to support it. Together we can reach farther toward our goal of a community free from racism and hatred.
Do you know a student or colleague who needs help?
Please share support resources with them.
Resources for UF faculty and students
Stand up to racism and violence
Together we will strive toward diversity and inclusion, away from racism and hatred, and lift up our students and colleagues with dignity and respect.