Dear Members of the Barnard Community,
I write today to extend support to members of our community who identify as Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in the wake of the shootings in Atlanta. This unspeakable tragedy comes at a time when the AAPI community, including in New York City, has experienced an estimated 3,800 incidents of hate over the last year, fueled by racist speech and blame surrounding COVID-19.
Our community has and will continue to relentlessly stand up against the hateful rhetoric and actions that have become far too commonplace in our society. I remain in awe of the collective commitment from our students, faculty and staff as we strive to build a more just, inclusive, compassionate and kind world. It is this commitment that gives us the hope for better days ahead.
As always, we offer space for support and reflection through the Rosemary Furman Counseling Center and will be communicating separately about upcoming gatherings specific to the AAPI and BIPOC communities. In response to the rise in harassment and violence directed toward members of the AAPI community, New York City has also recently committed additional resources to combat Anti-Asian hate.
It can be hard to fathom the depth of grief, rage, fear and confusion we all are feeling in light of this most recent demonstration of American xenophobia and hate. I encourage all of our students, faculty and staff to take the time to reflect and grieve in their own way, while continuing to show one another the kindness, respect and grace that defines the Barnard community.
Sian Leah Beilock
与往常一样，我们通过罗斯玛丽·弗曼辅导中心（Rosemary Furman Counseling Center）提供支持和反思的空间，并将就即将举行的AAPI和BIPOC社区特定聚会发出另外的信息。为了应对针对AAPI社区成员的骚扰和暴力行为的增加，纽约市最近还承诺提供更多资源来打击反亚裔仇恨。
巴纳德学院校长，希恩·莉亚·贝洛克（Sian Leah Beilock）敬上