Interim President Marcia White sent the following message to Saint Rose students and employees today (March 11, 2021):
With the onset of the COVID-19 virus a year ago, there has been an alarming and horrifying rise of racist and physical and verbal attacks directed at those with Asian ethnicities across our country as described in this recent New York Times article.
As I have said before, and emphatically repeat again, racism of any kind is antithetical to our Saint Rose mission and the values of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. To quote our founders as they describe the foundational principle at the root of their work to dismantle racism and discrimination.
“We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers; we are one human family. We are in solidarity with one another. In our Catholic Social Teaching, that means loving our neighbor “without distinction” has global dimensions. In our circle, everyone is included.”
With all of you, and Yolanda Caldwell, our Chief Diversity Officer, we must continue to emphatically confront and address racism and bias on our own campus in all forms. We revised our Bias Response Policy and reporting options this past fall, and our Bias Response Team meets weekly. If you have a bias or hate incident to report, please use this link.
As advocates and allies, we can stand up to racism together and be role models for our students as we confront all aspects of racism and discrimination.