Dr. Christina Hull, in her capacity as Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for the Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) issued the following statement in response to the regrettable recent rise in hate crimes against Asian individuals and groups in the United States:
Dear Biochemical Sciences Community,
The Department of Biochemistry, the Department of Biomolecular Chemistry, and the Integrated Program in Biochemistry have a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination and find the rise in hate crimes aimed at Asian members of our community during COVID19 to be abhorrent. We stand united as a community in providing a safe workplace and condemn acts of violence and discrimination. If anyone is struggling currently, there are mental health services available to students, staff, and faculty on campus through University Health Services.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to available UW services or individual members of the IPiB DEI Committee or other members of our biosciences community in your lab or department should you need support.
As always, please be sure to take care of yourselves and each other.
Interim Chief Diversity Officer Cheryl Gittens and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori Reesor also released a statement following the March 16, 2021 Atlanta shootings. You can read this statement in full here: https://news.wisc.edu/statement-in-response-to-atlanta-shootings/