Standing in Solidarity with our Students of Asian Descent

Dear McDonough Community,

It is with sadness that I reflect on the recent shooting of eight individuals in Atlanta, including six of Asian descent. While the investigation continues to unravel the disturbing motivations behind the shootings, this incident unfortunately reflects increasing discrimination and violence against America’s Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community.

This is deeply upsetting to me and our leadership. Incidents like this make it all the more important that we do the hard work to ensure McDonough is a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where everyone feels welcome and has a deep sense of belonging. At McDonough, we pride ourselves in celebrating the many backgrounds and experiences of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as expanding all of our perspectives to be more inclusive of different viewpoints and experiences. Please continue to support and care for one another during this difficult time. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your supervisor. You also can contact the Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (new window) (FSAP). Additional university resources can be found here (new window). If you have any suggestions on how our community can continue to build a welcoming environment for everyone in our community, please contact Patricia Grant (new window), co-chair of our Standing Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

We value our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community at Georgetown. We will continue to work across our student, faculty, and staff DEI taskforces to ensure our community does its best to live up to our Jesuit values while also finding ways to impact the world around us. 

Sincerely,

Paul Almeida
Dean and William R. Berkley Chair
Professor of Strategy