In sadness, grief, anger, outrage and hope, WashU leaders have shared messages of our commitment and goals for action.

Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences Feng Sheng Hu
“Diversity lies at the heart of the liberal arts, and we value diversity in all dimensions. Embracing and supporting people of all cultures and backgrounds strengthens our school and its educational mission.”

Associate Dean for Social Work Tonya Edmond
“As a community we must work in solidarity to end the violence, bigotry and oppression that is far too common and pervasive in our world. For now, let us offer kindness and support to one another as we process the array of emotions this generates.”

Dean of the School of Law Nancy Staudt
“We are incredibly proud of our diverse community at WashULaw, which is an essential part of our mission. We also recognize the enormous toll that these continued acts of violence take on the emotional and mental well-being of our community members.”

Dean of Olin Business School Mark Taylor
“These events are another painful reminder that we must continue to work to create an inclusive community that values and respects our Asian community members.”

Dean of McKelvey School of Engineering Aaron Bobick
“We are committed to providing a safe, welcoming environment for everyone in our community. As we continue to expand our global engagement, ensuring that all races and cultures and identities are respected and supported is paramount.”

Leadership from the Department of Medicine
“This terrible violence reminds us all of the need to stand up for what is right and support women and people of color. We must be united in collectively denouncing racism, sexism and these senseless and cowardly acts of violence.”

Leadership from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
“We acknowledge the pain and trauma AAPI endure, not just recently, but throughout the history of this country.”

Leadership of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
“As architects, artists, and designers, we must consider how our practices—as individuals and as a collective—actively deconstruct systems of oppression and intolerance.”

Interim Dean of University College and Vice Provost Heather Corcoran
“University College aspires to be a diverse and inclusive place, supportive of students from all backgrounds and geographies. We will continue to work toward this critical calling, particularly in our own community here in St. Louis.”

Leaders from the Center for Diversity and Inclusion
“We need to start with naming the roots of this racist violence as a product of white supremacy which has fueled generations of hate towards APIDA and immigrant communities in the U.S.”

Leaders from the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the School of Medicine
“What transpired in Atlanta was the specific targeting of Asian American women in a clear manifestation of the devastating intersection of misogyny and anti-Asian hatred.”

Leaders from the McDonnell International Scholars Academy
“Although various forms of aggression and disrespect have been occurring for some time, the recent news stories make this problem salient and serve to remind us that we are a united community that shares a common belief – each individual must be treated with dignity and respect no matter their origin, race, or identity.”


I am saddened by the senseless acts of violence that have taken place in our country. We support and stand together in solidarity with our Asian and Asian American community.

Chancellor Andrew D. Martin

We stand in direct opposition to these systems of oppression and will use our voice to break the silence…

Center for Diversity and Inclusion