Yesterday’s senseless acts of violence in metro Atlanta are heartbreaking and incomprehensible. Together with recent reports about increased violent acts against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the country, they raise deeply concerning questions about racism in our country. Violence against Asian Americans is violence against us all.

There is much we can do to combat racism. I urge us to use these events to come together, support all members of our community, and engage in action to eradicate racism and hate from our community.

At Georgia Tech, we are committed to building an inclusive community where people of all backgrounds are valued and respected and have the opportunity to learn and contribute to our mission. In the last few months, we have increased our focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. We engaged in campus-wide conversations and listening sessions, we started a new series of events called “Race at Georgia Tech: A Call to Action,” and we formed an Institute Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council. That group has begun work on a climate assessment survey to better understand how our community feels and where there are gaps in support. This is just the beginning.

If any member of our community is witness to or a victim of racial bigotry and discrimination, please report these incidents to the Georgia Tech Police Department and to the Office of Institute Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Students should also report such acts to the Dean of Students. Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can report incidents via Georgia Tech’s EthicsPoint site.

If you are feeling anxious, unsure, or feel a need for emotional support, we have resources in place for you. Counselors at the CARE center are available to speak to you and help you through this challenging time. After business hours, you can reach a counselor by calling (404) 894-3498 and selecting option 1 to speak with the after-hours counselor.

— Ángel