February 22, 2022

Dear Members of the NYU Community,

We must always firmly repudiate acts of violence, racism, bias, and any manifestation of -isms. They are counter to the values of New York University. Especially now, we must recognize that many of our NYU students, faculty, staff, and alumni do not feel safe—and have not felt safe—just going about their routines of daily life in New York City. Violent acts directed against members of Asian American communities—and other historically marginalized groups—globally persist and have continued to rise since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These incidents are not new and reflect the historical harms and oppressions witnessed by marginalized groups in previous moments of crisis—including acts of anti-Asian, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and Muslim violence; gender-based violence; antisemitism and xenophobia; and their intersectional overlaps. It is each of our responsibility to condemn all acts of discrimination as we recognize and proactively address the ongoing impact on historically marginalized groups. As a community, it is vital to continue to engage each other in ongoing conversations and discourse around what it means to create a more equitable, inclusive, and just reality.

Most importantly, we must work together to actively protect and support one another while acknowledging that meanings and ideas of safety and support are complex, nuanced, interconnected, and intersectional. We hope that our NYU community continues to access available resources around all forms of violence, discrimination, and related issues; and campus safety and personal/group wellness—some of which we have included below: 

Toolkits and Resources

Learning and Development

Previous Statements and Content on Anti-Racism

Campus Safety and Wellness Resources

In community,

Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation