July 17, 2024

A message regarding the violence in Atlanta

A message from the Office of the President. 

Dear UMW Community,

I am saddened by, and we as a community mourn, the mass murder of eight people – six of whom were Asian-American women – in Atlanta last Tuesday. These horrific killings have increased the fears and concerns of our Asian communities. Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans (APIDA) and Asian individuals have endured persistent acts of discrimination in American society for decades, but these communities have increasingly become direct targets of racism and xenophobia this past year.

The murder of these six women is a terrible reminder of this long history of anti-Asian violence in our society, as well as the tragic scapegoating and other racial and ethnic violence that has escalated, particularly during the pandemic.

We stand with our APIDA and Asian students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and we stand against the hate, discrimination, and intolerance these murders and other recent acts of violence against these communities represent.


Troy Paino