Statement on Surge in Anti-Asian Violence and Rise in Hate Crimes Against Historically Marginalized Groups—Resources Included
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
- Addressing the Rise of Anti-Asian Racism and Resources for A/PA Communities Compiled by NYU’s A/P/A Insitute (previously issued, Spring 2020)
- Guide—Addressing Contemporary Issues and Crises in the Classroom or Office
- Guide—Responsive Dialogues Guiding Principles:
- This document aims to outline and provide best practices for leading a micro dialogue or conversation that addresses high stake and potentially sensitive topics. It is not exhaustive, nor should it be substituted for intentional facilitation training.
- NYU OGI Toolkits and Resources
- Additional external, curated resources are searchable online to support communities such as Live Another Day - BIPOC Mental Health Resources and Bystander Intervention Resources.
- New York City’ “Stop Asian Hate” Resources
Learning and Development
- Anti-Racism: Understanding and Mitigating Racial and Other Microagressions Online Module
- Facilitating Anti-Racist and Other Difficult Dialogues
- Pilot Foundations for Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Excellence Module:
- This 60–75 minute self-paced learning tool supports a shared understanding of global inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity, and access-related concepts and frameworks across all NYU constituents.
Previous Statements and Content on Anti-Racism
- Additional resources and Faculty Produced Content
- Find a selection of videos from faculty members about critical inquiry, bias, stereotypes, and more.
- NYU OGI’s YouTube Page with Educational Panels and Discussions such as:
- NYU Anti-Racism Education and Programs playlist
Campus Safety and Wellness Resources
- Bias Response Line (for instances on- and off-campus)
- Counseling and Wellness Services:
- Wellness Exchange
- Email (email@example.com)
- NYU API Students Support Space (Fridays, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. ET; hosted by NYU counseling services)
- This workshop is open to students who identify as API (Asian and Pacific Islander) and those impacted by anti-Asian violence and microaggressions. Participants will have the opportunity to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a safe and supportive environment.
- NYU Campus Safety (Website: NYU Campus Safety; Phone: 212-998-2222)
Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation