At Dallas College, we are deeply saddened by the senseless killings of eight people (six of whom were women of Asian descent) in Atlanta on Tuesday. We stand in solidarity with our Asian American students, faculty, staff and community to condemn these heinous acts. Hate and bigotry have absolutely no place on our campuses and in our communities.
Even as preparation for the trial in last summer’s murder of George Floyd is underway, we as a nation, are once again faced with a horrific tragedy that threatens our diverse community. Unfortunately, this most recent incident is one of a growing series of attacks against the Asian American community across the country in recent months. Over the course of the pandemic, the nation has seen a disturbing rise in inflammatory and xenophobic rhetoric, harassment, and violence against Asian American communities.
We are committed to transforming lives and communities through higher education. Now, more than ever, that includes working together to create and foster a more diverse and equitable environment for all. It’s why we’ve created an Office of Social Responsibility and Inclusion to facilitate intentional listening and meaningful dialogue in a learning environment among students, employees and community partners to achieve equity and inclusion in our practices and policies across our seven campuses.
The events of this week, last summer, and even January 6, have shown that our nation must find a way to come together and heal. Our words and actions have impact, but it will take the collective efforts of us all to look beyond our differences and see the common humanity in each of us. We can no longer afford to delay the lasting and substantive change all our communities deserve.