We are outraged at the rise in racially motivated attacks targeted at East-Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Island people in the UK and around the world.
Date: 19 April 2021
London Met stands in solidarity with all Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. We are outraged at the rise in racially motivated attacks targeted at East-Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Island people in the UK and around the world.
Last month, Atlanta was the scene of an attack that targeted East Asian women, resulting in the murders of Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, and Yong Yue. In the wake of these attacks we have heard from London Met students, members of our own community, who have themselves faced anti-Asian racism outside the University, including physical abuse.
London Met takes its commitment to support its staff and students very seriously. We recognise the scale of the trauma caused not only by major world events, but also by the effects of everyday prejudice, and we are committed to providing a safe learning and working environment at London Met.
Our strategic plan places our commitment to social justice and social change at its heart. We have a number of initiatives in place that aim to make a real difference in this area all underpinned our Race Equity Strategy, developed by Black and minoritised staff and students, to tackle racism at the University. This is not just a fight for the Black, Asian and minority ethnic members of our community. It’s a fight for us all.
Supporting our community
Any student that needs support in the wake of these events, or their own personal experience, should know that London Met is here for you. Your lecturer, course leader or School Office should be your first point of contact. You can also access support for your wellbeing from our student services team and from the TalkCampus app.
Staff should speak with their line manager and can access support 24 hours a day, seven days a week from our free Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).