President’s statement on anti-Asian racism

Violent, hateful incidents—like those that occurred in the U.S. last week—are not isolated to any one country. They are pervasive and occur in Canada as well. Racially motivated hate crimes are horrific and saddening, and they have become more acute since the beginning of the pandemic.

In response to these tragic events, I want to restate our commitment to diversity and inclusion at USask, and remind everyone of our institutional statement and commitment to actions to dismantle structures, policies and processes that contribute to creating inequalities faced by marginalized groups. While we have made much progress, there is much more that we must do. 

To all members of the Asian community at USask - you are an integral part of the university, and the diversity you bring to our campuses makes it a better place. We are continuously working to ensure our campuses across Saskatchewan are safe, respectful and supportive places for everyone.

Ensuring our campus communities are more inclusive requires all of us to act—it requires students, staff, faculty and senior leaders to work collaboratively to create real change.  As I have said before, it is our collective responsibility to build and shape the campus, the community, and the world that we want every day.

Please know that we are here to support you. A range of services are available at the Student Wellness Centre, and staff and faculty can access confidential counseling through the Employee and Family Assistance Program.

Peter Stoicheff
President and Vice-chancellor
University of Saskatchewan

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