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Penn State Releases Statement Of Support For Asian-American Community

Penn State’s vice provost for educational equity, Marcus Whitehurst, and vice provost of global programs, Roger Brindley, released a joint statement Friday in response to recent hate crimes against the Asian-American community.

In the statement, Brindley and Whitehurst echoed President Eric Barron’s previous statements that students, faculty, and staff who are of Asian descent are welcome at Penn State.

“To our international students, faculty and scholars, as well as our staff and students of Asian ancestry, we share with you our steadfast support and repeat what President Eric Barron has said a number of times in the recent past: ‘You are welcome here. Your presence enriches our University and the educational experience of all of our students,'” the statement read.

Brindley and Whitehurst acknowledged that violence and discrimination against any ethnic group are “unacceptable.” They continued by saying that they, on behalf of the university, denounce xenophobic profiling.

They closed their joint statement by providing resources for anyone in the Penn State community who has faced racial bias or violence and encouraged students to report the Educational Equity website.

You can read the full statement below:

As a University that is home to many international students, faculty and scholars, and welcomes cultures from around the globe, we echo the voices of individuals who condemn the racially motivated violence and other hate incidents being perpetrated recently in the United States against those of Asian descent. 

To our international students, faculty and scholars, as well as our staff and students of Asian ancestry, we share with you our steadfast support and repeat what President Eric Barron has said a number of times in the recent past: “You are welcome here. Your presence enriches our University and the educational experience of all of our students.” 

Violence and discrimination against any ethnic group is unacceptable and we stand firmly with those who denounce this xenophobic profiling and reiterate that these actions are appalling and unacceptable. 

Should anyone in our community encounter an act of racial bias or violence, or witness such an act, we encourage you to report it to Report Bias at http://equity.psu.edu/reportbias. If you are the victim of an act of bias, whether based on your race, religion, gender, ethnicity or some other attribute, you also can call campus police or 911 if you need immediate assistance.   

For anyone seeking support or resources, please contact the following:

Students

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), 814-863-0395, Available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Confidential Resource)

Penn State Police – Victim Resource Services814-863-0823

Penn State Student Affairs, 814-865-0909

24/7 Penn State Crisis Line: 877-229-6400

24/7 Crisis Text Line: Text “LIONS” to 741741

Penn State Global Programs provides support for international students. Contact 814-865-6348 (#2). Visit https://global.psu.edu/category/campus-contacts for specific campus information.

Educational Equity 814-865-5906

Faculty/Staff

Employee Assistance Program (EAP), 866-799-2728, Available 24/7 (Confidential Resource)

Penn State Police – Victim Resource Services, 814-863-0823

Penn State Global Programs, 814-865-6348 (#2)

Thank you, 

Marcus Whitehurst, vice provost, Educational Equity

Roger Brindley, vice provost, Global Programs

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