Standing Against Hatred

I am once again in mourning for the loss of life caused by an act of violence and shaken by the immense impact the event in Atlanta, Georgia, has on Asian American Pacific Islander communities. I am once again saddened knowing that these events and trends across the United States negatively impact our Temple University community of students, staff, and faculty.

The Division of Student Affairs continues to stand against racism in all forms and representations. We witnessed a hateful act of violence on the evening of March 16 that resulted in a tragic loss of life. We have also borne witness to an unprecedented rise in hateful rhetoric and hate-driven crimes directed at Asian American Pacific Islander communities over the last year. We cannot accept hatred in any form, and we cannot remain silent as these injustices continue. 

To those of you in our community impacted by these recent events, we are here both with and for you. We hurt for you, and we will do our part to create and sustain spaces for all to feel safe, welcome, and have the opportunity to share their experiences. We continue to urge all students, staff, and faculty to speak up loudly in support of the change we hope to see, but also to be that change. We must seize this opportunity to be the leaders and change-makers our society needs in order to improve.

If you have experienced anti-Asian bias or hate, please reach out to one of the campus resources below or anonymously report your experiences to organizations like Stop AAPI Hate or Stand Against Hatred.

If you would like to explore further what your role in creating inclusive space means or are in search of an avenue to process, please contact the following Temple offices or organizations:

Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership (IDEAL)

Office of Leadership Development

Temple Student Government

Tuttleman Counseling Services

Wellness Resource Center

Please continue to take care of each other and support each other.

Theresa A. Powell, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs