Opposing violence against Asians and Asian Americans

Mariette DiChristina

Dear Members of the COM Community,

Today, as we continue to struggle through a global pandemic, we also suffer from, and know that we as a nation must cure, a terrible social illness: the abhorrent rising tide of racism and xenophobia against those of Asian descent.

This senseless violence—including this week’s shooting of eight people, six of them Asian American women—must stop. Although details are still emerging, several of the murder victims have been identified: Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, and Daoyou Feng. We join in mourning their loss, as well as the others whose lives have been affected by racism and racial violence.

To truly support change, our words, as always, must be backed up with our actions. COM’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and I have planned a series of initial responses:

As always, we welcome your feedback and thoughts about additional ways that COM can help combat racism in all of its ugly forms. Please write to comdei@bu.edu or comdean@bu.edu. Only together can we build a better future for everyone.

Take care,

Mariette DiChristina
Dean, College of Communication