Dear Bennies and Johnnies,
The recent wave of violence and harassment against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders reflects a long-standing history of anti-Asian oppression and racism in the United States. The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University condemn anti-Asian racism and violence, grieve the loss of lives, and stand with our Asian students and community. We see the pain and anger in our community in reaction to all that has happened, and we hold each of you in our thoughts and prayers.
As presidents, we want to offer opportunities for our community to express feelings such as anger, sadness and fear. Intercultural and International Student Services (IISS) is hosting a variety of support activities as well as educational events and faculty members are already incorporating discussions about violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders into class work and out-of-class activities. We encourage all students to participate in these events and learning opportunities as we seek to build an equitable campus community and a just nation. And, we will be seeking opportunities to listen and support our Asian American and Pacific Islander students, faculty and staff most affected by recent events.
Thank you for living our Benedictine values as we support and care for one another at this exceptionally difficult time.
Laurie Hamen, J.D.
College of Saint Benedict
Eugene McAllister, Ph.D.
Saint John’s University