March 1, 2021
Dear Pratt Community,
As we witness continued violent attacks and hate incidents targeting Asian communities in New York City and across the country, I am writing to express solidarity with our Asian, Asian-American, and Asian/Pacific Islander students, faculty, and staff. My heart goes out to the survivors, victims, families and communities that are experiencing loss, grief, and pain due to these tragic events.
I am reaffirming Pratt’s commitment to supporting and advocating for students, faculty, and staff of the Asian diaspora. Pratt Institute actively denounces and condemns xenophobia, racism, bigotry, or prejudice of any kind. We strive to create a campus culture where everyone can thrive and feel safe, and where differences are valued and celebrated.
For community members in need of support, please reach out to available Pratt resources for assistance. Students can contact the Pratt Counseling Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 718.687.5356. International students can also reach out to the Office of International Affairs, Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM at 718.636.3674. Faculty and staff can seek support through Pratt's Employee Assistance Program (PDF), which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1.800.311.4327 (TDD 800.697.0353).
To report any incidents of bias, discrimination or harassment at Pratt Institute, please submit a report with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion or Public Safety. To report off-campus instances of anti-Asian discrimination, assault, or hate crimes, contact Stop AAPI Hate and/or Stand Against Hatred. Asian community members can also access additional support resources at Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian American Federation: Stay Safe from Hate, or participate in this Webinar for People Experiencing Anti-Asian/American Harassment. Allies who want to learn about ways to support the Asian community or intervene as a bystander can participate in this Bystander Intervention Webinar to Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment.
At Pratt, we must take an active stance against racism, hatred and injustice, and continue our collective work to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.