Statement on Anti-Asian Violence
The UIC School of Public Health joins Chancellor Amiridis and Associate Chancellor Pallares, the UIC Graduate Student Council, other UIC entities and public health professional organizations in condemning the recent killings in Atlanta and all acts of violence and discrimination perpetrated against persons of Asian descent. Such crimes and injustices have a long history in our country, and have been on a disturbing trajectory of escalation during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is incumbent on all of us to actively combat all forms of bias, discrimination and harassment. We encourage UIC students, faculty and staff to report any acts of discrimination that they experience or witness using the campus Bias Reporting Tool. The UIC Asian American Resource and Cultural Center has a variety of tools and resources to address anti-Asian bias. There is also a national organization (Stop AAPI Hate) which has an online bias reporting tool where reports can be made in multiple languages. Together we must put an end to this epidemic of hatred and violence.
Wayne H. Giles, MD, MS
Dean of the UIC School of Public Health
Nadine Peacock, PhD
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion