Statement on March 16, 2021 Events in Atlanta
March 17, 2021
On behalf of our Loyola University Chicago community, I am saddened and outraged by the latest acts of racial violence and loss of life that occurred yesterday in Atlanta, Georgia, where a gunman killed eight people—six of them Asian women.
We extend our prayers to the victims and their families and stand in solidarity with members of the Asian community.
Violence, hatred, and racial slurs are unacceptable, and we commit to doing our part to protect and affirm the Asian community within Loyola. As a community of faith, we will also use our voice and influence to advance respect, inclusivity, justice, and dignity for all members of society.
Unfortunately, years of bigoted remarks about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed to this violence. It goes without saying that it is critical to carefully weigh our words and actions and recognize the potential power and consequences of each.
The trauma of these kinds of incidents can affect any of us in different ways and I encourage anyone who may be struggling with these feelings to reach out to Loyola’s Wellness Center (students) or the Employee Assistance Program (faculty and staff).
Through prayer, dialogue, and action, it is up to us as individuals and as a community to join together to condemn hate crimes, protect each other, and honor diverse communities that make our country and world stronger.
Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD