To: The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Community
From: Murray Gibson, Dean & Mahogany Newell, Chair, Let’s Start Here Leadership Committee
Re: Statement of Support for Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities
The Let’s Start Here Leadership Committee members wish to offer their sincere condolences to the families, friends and communities impacted by last week’s violence targeting Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Atlanta and the senseless mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado. Our students, faculty and staff within the College of Engineering may find themselves and their loved ones reflected in the victims.
It is a sorrowful time. It is a time for reflection and action.
We stand by your side and are committed to combatting xenophobia, misogyny and the “othering” of our community members.
In engineering disciplines, we work together to solve humanity’s problems and design better solutions for all. It is in this spirit we will continue to work together towards building an inclusive community, strengthened because of its diversity.
To those in the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander community who are also in our college: You belong here. You are valued here. You matter.
We will host a virtual Share Space on Friday, March 26 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm via Zoom. This will be a safe, inclusive space for all who want to respectfully share their thoughts, experiences and needs.
Please know and make use of the campus resources available to our students at our partner universities:
- Florida A&M University: To schedule an appointment, students can walk-in or contact the FAMU Office of Counseling Services by phone at (850) 599-3145. For after-hours counseling, call (833) 848-1765 (for counseling only; not for making appointments).
- Florida State University: If you or someone you know experiences racism, harassment or targeted violence of any kind at Florida State, please file a report at report.fsu.edu. Campus resources are available for faculty and staff through the Employee Assistance Program and for students through the University Counseling Center.