Violence against Asian/American and Pacific Islander community

February 19, 2021
Kim A. Wilcox
February 19, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

We unequivocally condemn the recent violent and racist attacks in the Bay Area and nationally against Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders.

Since the outset of the pandemic, violent attacks, and hate incidents toward Asians and Pacific Islanders have increased – including troubling incidents on our own campus. While these particular attacks may have made state and national headlines and have been stoked by anti-Chinese rhetoric during the pandemic crisis, they are emblematic of longstanding discrimination toward the Asian and Pacific Islander community since the building of the U.S. transcontinental railroad and global imperial wars before that. And all are unacceptable. 

This conduct has no place at UC Riverside, does not reflect our values, and will not be tolerated.

We pledge our full solidarity with the Asian/American and Pacific Islander community on campus and beyond and support the efforts by student organizations; our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion office; and faculty and staff to address violence and discrimination against Asian/Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Please visit for additional resources and guidance on how to report incidents of discrimination within the UCR community. 

It has been such an overwhelming year and we recognize many members of our community are tired of the seemingly unending challenges and obstacles being faced. Please know that you have the support of colleagues and friends on campus as we strive to foster a community that reflects the very best of UCR’s ideals.