Statement in Solidarity with the Asian Community
We stand in solidarity with the Asian community in condemning the rising hatred and violence against Asians and in grieving the loss of loved ones.
Over the past year, there have been at least 3,795 reported hate incidents against people of Asian descent in America. Most notably, Vicha Rattanapakdee, an 84-year-old immigrant from Thailand, passed away after being viciously pushed onto the street in San Francisco on January 28. Earlier this week, the shootings at Atlanta-area spas left eight people dead, the majority of which were Asians. The known victims were Delaina Ashley Yuan, Xiaojie Yan, Daoyou Feng, and Paul Andre Michels, and four other victims were of Korean descent.
We join the families of the victims, known and unknown, to mourn their losses.
As human beings, we deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of our appearance, age, race, gender identification, sexual orientation, and religious belief. Discrimination and violence have no place in our society, especially at MIT Sloan.
As principled leaders, we have an obligation to stand up to all forms of discrimination and violence. Let us take this moment to reflect upon ourselves so that we can grow to become the leaders we ought to be.
To members of our community affected by the incidents, we would like to extend our sympathy and support. Know that you’re not alone in this and we’re here for you. The Student Life Office is committed to helping you find the right resource for your needs. If you would like to report an incident, please direct the issue to the Institute Discrimination and Harassment Response Office. Additionally, MIT offers a number of confidential resources to support you.
You can also reach out to any of us at Sloan. We will continue to host discussions for you to share your stories and raise awareness. We urge members of our community to participate in these discussions to better understand each other’s experience. We also hope you can review and support the MIT Sloan Ally Pledge to drive meaningful progress in diversity and inclusion at MIT Sloan and in our professional communities.
Asia Business Club
Southeast Asia Club
Asian American Alliance (AAA)
Greater China Club
MIT Sloan Japan Club
MIT Asia Business Conference
Africa Business Club
Latin American Business Club
Sloan Women in Management (SWIM)
MIT Impact Investing Initiative (Mi3)
FLI@Sloan (First-generation/Low-Income club)
Sloan Christian Fellowship (SCF)
Sloan Football Club (Sloan FC)
Hispanic Business Club (HBC)
Mindfulness & Leadership Club (M&L)
Sloan for Inclusion
Sloan Male Allies