We grieve the loss of eight lives in Atlanta on March 16th. Although we do not know the full details, we condemn these murders. Our hearts are with our Asian community members and friends, and we strongly denounce this disturbing rise in anti-Asian hate crimes. We are galvanized by the words of Dean David Schmittlein, and call attention to the importance of working together to dismantle racism, combat bias, and build inclusion in our community and around the world. Truly, nothing is more important right now.
LETTER FROM DEAN SCHMITTLEIN:
To our MIT Sloan community,
We write today to express our deep sadness about the horrific murders in Georgia last night. While details in the case are still emerging, we condemn these killings. We also wish to acknowledge and denounce the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes in the United States.
At MIT Sloan, we embrace the contributions of each member of our community—faculty, staff, students, and alumni. We know that we are stronger, smarter, and more inventive when we engage respectfully and openly with each other across all our dimensions of difference, whether race, gender, age, orientation, or socioeconomic background. We do our best work when we work together.
We urge each member of our community to participate actively in MIT Sloan’s ongoing efforts to build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Today, we ask you to reach out in solidarity with and support for our Asian friends, colleagues, and classmates.
As a school dedicated to principled, innovative leadership and improving the world, there is little more important than our efforts to work together to dismantle racism, combat bias, and build inclusion in our own community and around the world.
David Schmittlein | John C Head III Dean
Prof. Fiona Murray | Associate Dean for Innovation + Inclusion
Prof. Ray Reagans | Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
MIT Sloan School of Management