To the MSVU community,
I write today to condemn anti-Asian racism – both the tragic acts of violence against women of Asian descent that occurred in Atlanta recently and the acts that go less noted in our country and around the world every day. We mourn with the loved ones of the victims and we stand with all those of Asian descent.
We also decry the misogyny demonstrated by these recent attacks and the sexism that still runs deep in our society.
The Mount was founded on a commitment to inclusion and we will continue to do all we can to ensure that our community is safe and welcoming for all. With the leadership of the President’s committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (EDIA), a new EDIA Advisor, and many others, MSVU will continue to ensure a diverse, global and inclusive university community.
From our partnerships with universities in China to our campus in Halifax, students, faculty and staff of Asian descent have made tremendous and valued contributions to our university over the past many years, without which we would not be the same organization we are today.
Members of the MSVU community in need of support are reminded of the following services:
- For all: Harassment and Discrimination Advisor
- For students: MSVU Counselling Services: email@example.com; Good2Talk NS Helpline for Postsecondary Students: 1-833-292-3698
- For faculty and staff: Employee & Family Assistance Program (or EFAP)—Shepell (free, confidential counselling services) – visit the website or call 1-844-880-9142
I call on all members of the MSVU community to join me in doing all you can to fight anti-Asian racism, racism of all sorts, and sexism – and to ensure inclusion.
Dr. Ramona Lumpkin, CM
Interim President and Vice-Chancellor
Mount Saint Vincent University