A statement from Dean Ayman El-Mohandes on the mass shootings in Georgia

AAPI rally in Seattle_photo by Reuters
Photo courtesy of Reuters

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the CUNY SPH community, I condemn the horrific mass shootings that took place in Acworth, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta last week, taking the lives of eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent. We mourn each of the victims and grieve along with their families and the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

Violent attacks against Asian Americans have skyrocketed over the past year, and 2019 was the deadliest year on record for domestic extremist violence since the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. The public health crises of racism, misogyny, and gun violence must be addressed. Hate and violence have no place in our society.

The CUNY SPH Administration stands in solidarity with our AAPI students, faculty, and staff against such acts of violence and injustice and offers its support to those impacted. Our role as a public health community is more central than ever in fighting social injustice: in these dark times, change is only possible from the ground up and we all will play a role in making it happen.

We ask our community members to report any incidence of hate, racism, or misogyny, on-campus or off and to please utilize the campus resources that are available to you.

All my best,

Ayman El-Mohandes

Resources for all:

For students:

For faculty and staff:

  • Diversity Office
    Sahana Gupta, Chief Diversity Officer

  • Human Resources
    Arthur McHugh, Director

  • Workwell NYC Virtual Be Well Sessions – #StopAsianHate
    Join a virtual discussion group to process the recent hate crimes against members of the AAPI community. These discussion groups are safe spaces for all to voice their concerns, share their thoughts, and learn about available resources.