A Letter to the NYU Chemistry Community
From Daniela Buccella
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The recent murders in Georgia are examples of events that, regrettably, have become increasingly common in the recent history of this Country, particularly in this past year. News of such events remind us that xenophobia, racism and misogyny are palpable, unsolved issues in our society that all too often result in the loss of innocent lives.
Asians and Asian Americans are an invaluable part of our academic community. The department echoes the recent message of President Hamilton in repudiating these heinous acts of hate and those who stoke them, and in reiterating our commitment to providing a welcoming, supporting environment for all community members.
As a reminder, the Wellness Exchange and the Employee Assistance Program make various counseling and support resources available to members of the NYU community. The office of global inclusion also offers a number of anti-racism resources including some addressing anti-asian racism. If you experience or witness an act that threatens the safety or well-being of a community member, don’t hesitate to contact the Bias Response Line or the NYU Department of Public Safety, as appropriate.
The department is grateful to NYU Chemistry Crystallographer Chunhua "Tony" Chu, for bravely sharing his story and inspiring others in our community to share their stories as well. Tony was featured in an article in C&E News entitled, "Asian Scientists are Rethinking the American Dream."