Denouncing racist attacks against the community of the Asian diaspora

Dear DGH community,

We are deeply saddened by the rise in racist, xenophobic attacks against the Asian community over the last year, including this week’s murders of eight people at Asian-owned spas in Atlanta. We are reaching out to amplify the below message from the SPH, and reaffirm our commitment to fight anti-Asian racism. To members of our department who identify as Asian, we stand in solidarity with you and extend our support at this difficult time.

A Message to the DGH Community - We are Here to Support You and We Stand with You

Dear DGH community,

We are reaching out in support and solidarity as we reel from recent events. Today, supporters of President Trump violently entered the US Capitol and disrupted the counting of certified electoral votes, encouraged by the President’s false claims of election fraud. The disruption of our democratic process in Washington, DC and the violence we are witnessing are deeply disturbing. We recognize that these scenes may be distressing, especially to members of our community who have lived through coups and civil unrest.

Standing in solidarity with our Black community members

Members of the DGH Community:

Events in the past academic year have demonstrated just how important it is to commit actively to social justice and anti-racism, given clear evidence of systemic racism, police brutality and injustice in our society and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black people and other people of color. We recognize the experiences of students, colleagues and friends in our community who have been excluded, disregarded, undermined, denigrated, and falsely accused because of racism, police brutality and white supremacy.

2020 MLK Award Winner Inspires Students of Color to be Brave, Challenges all to be Better

Marie-Claire Gwayi-Chore has spent the better part of a decade traveling the globe – examining what public health interventions work, for whom and under what circumstances, and how they can be adapted and scaled up in ways that are accessible and equitable.

It’s no surprise that she's taking the same approach to create a healthy, safe and supportive learning environment for University of Washington School of Public Health students, particularly students of color.