To Fuller, and our broader Christian community,
Today, we grieve and mourn the tragic loss of eight lives in the Atlanta shooting yesterday, including six Asian American women. Though we do not yet have a complete picture of the evil that motivated these wicked acts, Fuller acknowledges that this incident occurred within a growing context of anti-Asian racism and violence, and stands with the Asian American and Asian members of our community.
We see and affirm the anger, grief, pain, and fear of our Asian American students, staff, faculty, and administrators. The Asian American Center (AAC) and Asian American Student Fellowship are on hand to support you and will be following up with community care events for those wrestling with the emotional, spiritual, and psychological impact of this incident. Please contact the AAC at [email protected] for further details. The Fuller chaplains are also available for spiritual care and can be contacted at [email protected].
As an institution, we emphatically condemn the sin of racism. We acknowledge that racism takes many forms, from overt violence and threats to racial microaggressions, dismissiveness, and gaslighting. We exhort non-Asian community members to consider their own words and deeds, and to learn more about both the history and the present reality of our Asian American sisters and brothers. You can begin with this Conversing podcast interview on anti-Asian racism, or this Bible study curriculum created by the AAC on Asian American race and the gospel.
Any Fuller community members seeking counseling resources can contact Fuller Psychological and Family Services through this contact form on the FPFS website or by phone at 626-584-5555. Any students needing to request an Incomplete on academic work remaining during this quarter should contact their professors.
Clifford L. Penner Presidential Chair
Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Diversity Council Co-Chair
Chief Operating Officer and Dean of the School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy
Daniel D. Lee
Academic Dean for the Center for Asian American Theology and Ministry, and Diversity Council Co-Chair
Chief Academic Officer and Dean of the Schools of Theology and Intercultural Studies