College of the Arts Condemns Racism and Violence Against Asian Community

Hate has no home at Kent State University.

Hate has no home in the College of the Arts.

The College of the Arts condemns the ongoing incidents of hate, racism, xenophobia, and violence against the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community. In the past year, there were more than 3,800 hate incidents against persons of Asian descent in the United States and on Tuesday, eight people, including six Asian women, were murdered in the Atlanta metro area. This bigotry and violence must stop.

As stated in a message from Kent State University president Todd Diacon, “we stand in solidarity with Asian and Asian American members of our community who have and continue to be affected by this hate and violence. These appalling acts are abhorrent examples of how racism remains a chronic social ill that we must work to eradicate.”

The College of the Arts is committed to combating all forms of racism and continues this work through the College’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism (DEIA) Council. Comprised of faculty, staff, and students, the DEIA Council strives to identify and eliminate racism within systems, policies, and attitudes and to ensure an equitable distribution of power and representation.

For more information on Kent State University’s anti-racism efforts, visit https://www.kent.edu/antiracismefforts.

For anti-racism, self-care, and allyship resources, visit https://www.kent.edu/diversity/resources.

POSTED: Friday, March 19, 2021 - 10:57am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 6:41pm