Dear ODI Colleagues and Partners:
With great sadness and despair, I write you again in the aftermath of the horrific shootings in the Atlanta metro area.
While the investigation continues about the suspect's motives, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion stands today, as it does every day, against hate crimes and violence. I am deeply disturbed by the well-documented spike in attacks against Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi Americans (APIDA), which has risen sharply in the past year since the COVID pandemic began.
I strongly urge all of us to do everything in our power to support the APIDA community at The Ohio State University and to speak up if you witness discrimination rooted in racial bigotry and racism against any group. I acknowledge the negative impact on students, faculty, and staff and realize that the exposure to this tragic event can be traumatizing and emotionally and psychologically exhausting. As always, if you are experiencing emotions of distress, please know the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and other units are here to help.
Students may contact Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS) at any time by calling 614-292-5766 or checking its website: ccs.osu.edu. If calling after hours, press 2 to be connected to a mental health counseling professional. For a comprehensive list of resources, I also encourage you to visit go.osu.edu/mymentalhealth.
CCS mental health counseling professionals and the Multicultural Center (MCC) staff are hosting a space today through CarmenZoom from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Zoomlink here). Please feel free to drop-in for support. The MCC staff also will be hosting an space for healing and action for APIDA students, staff, and faculty on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 4:30 pm. Register here.
Thank you for supporting the values we honor every day as we work for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion at The Ohio State University and beyond. People of conscience must continue to band together, working shoulder-to-shoulder for a better society for all of us.
Thanks in advance for supporting our APIDA colleagues, students, and partners!
James L. Moore III, PhD
Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
Executive Director, Bell National Resource Center
Distinguished Professor of Urban Education
College of Education and Human Ecology