The following statement from UNO Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., was sent to campus on Thursday, March 18:
To the Maverick community,
We at UNO are shocked and saddened by reports of acts of intimidation, racism, and violence committed against members of the Asian American community. The recent mass shooting and murder of eight people in Georgia is horrific. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of all of those impacted and to the communities who are responding to this tragic violence. We must not ignore the reality that this is not an isolated incident, or that acts of ignorance and hate have also happened here in our community.
As Mavericks, we are committed to making the world a better place and, to making our campuses safe and welcoming environments for all to work, teach and learn.
If you are ever made to feel unsafe, please call UNO Public Safety immediately. If you are made to feel uncomfortable, please reach out to our Office of Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion, or to our Public Safety team. And please take advantage of the many resources we have available to our campus community. We are here for you, and for one another.
Let us keep our own eyes and ears open and be mindful of how our fellow colleagues may see, hear, and feel things. It is incumbent upon all of us to be allies to one another and for one another
Thank you. Take care of yourself, and each other.
Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D.
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