Anti-Asian Hate Crimes (March 19, 2021)

Dear Lawrence Community,

The recent shootings in the Atlanta area mark another tragedy involving gun violence. We mourn the loss of the lives of all eight victims. But the fact that six of those killed were women of Asian descent serves as a troubling reminder of the increase in anti-Asian hate incidents, harassment and discrimination in this country since the beginning of the pandemic.

As a community that values inclusion, I know you join me in standing with the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities; we must oppose all forms of hate, including the scapegoating and xenophobia directed at individuals who belong to these groups. This is part of our commitment to become an anti-racist campus community.

If you seek support or need someone to talk with, please contact campus resources including Wellness ServicesSpiritual & Religious Life, the Diversity & Intercultural CenterInternational Student Services, the Center for Academic Success and Office of Diversity & Inclusion. For those remaining on campus during Spring Break all centers will be open. Additionally, our employee assistance provider, ERC, is available at no cost, and employees on the university health plan can access an in-network counselor or mental healthcare provider by searching the United Healthcare Choice Plus Network online.  

For any incidents of concern, contact Campus Safety at 920-832-6999 or  If you witness a bias incident, please complete a bias incident report  or contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In addition, the Rave Guardian App could provide access to safety and community resources. Information on downloading the app is available on the Lawrence website.

As we continue to move forward through these challenging times, I hope you find peace and support with friends, family, or other loved ones during the break.



Mark Burstein

President, Lawrence University