US business schools take a stand against anti-Asian hate crimes
Anti-Asian hate crimes fueled by xenophobia and racism have skyrocketed in the US amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Examples of hate crimes against people of Asian descent in the United States are abound and growing by the day.
Earlier this month, an Atlanta spa shooting resulted in the death of eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent left American reeling. While some have argued that the crime was not racially-motivated, the tragedy occurred at a time where dozens of physical attacks on Asians in the US are being reported weekly. Recently, Chinese-American war veteran Lee Wong revealed his battle scars during a town meeting in response to comments that he doesn’t look “American or patriotic enough”. According to reports, Wong retired from the army after 20 years of active-duty service.
Asian-Americans and international students of Asian descent are widely represented at some of the top business schools in America. A total of 19% of applicants at Harvard’s MBA Class of 2022 profile identified themselves as Asian-American; that same figure is 24% at Wharton, 23% at Stanford, and 18% at MIT Sloan School of Management, as per federal survey reporting.
In light of these recent tragedies and public outcry, an increasing number of universities and US business schools are taking a stand against anti-Asian hate crimes and denouncing racists actions towards the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
No place for anti-Asian hate crimes at US universities, business schools
In a press statement, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAT) said: “As a community that values diversity, we are greatly saddened and disturbed to know that people of Asian heritage are reporting experiencing acts of discrimination and violence. The uptick in crimes, racist acts and bullying against individuals of Asian heritage, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders cannot stand. One act of this nature is too many.”
They added that they are committed to creating opportunities for students to pursue their dreams of attaining an MBA or business master’s degree in a safe and welcoming environment.
“As GMAC reiterates our commitment to supporting global diversity in the candidate pipeline, we remain dedicated to our ongoing efforts to maximise access for a diverse and inclusive pool of students to the opportunities provided by graduate business schools in the US and around the world. We stand with our staff, school colleagues and candidates in solidarity against anti-Asian hate.”
Tuck School of Business dean Matthew Slaughter said: “The Tuck School does not condone or tolerate racism in any form. We create, teach, and apply life-changing business knowledge in a distinctly immersive community. To succeed in our mission, racism — overt or hidden — has no place in our School. We are committed to providing a campus environment that is welcoming, supportive, and safe.”
Slaughter said the School offers various forms of support for students, faculty, or staff who are experiencing trauma prompted by recent events. This includes reaching out for help via their counsellors and reporting incidents of bias via an app. “Let us continue our shared work, supporting one another and standing in solidarity against hatred,” he said.
The University of Pennsylvania said they offer numerous programmes aimed at supporting their international and Asian American students. “Just this past year, we formed a Task Force on Support for Asian and Asian American Students and Scholars to coordinate and enhance support to members of the Penn community experiencing increased stigma, bias, discrimination, and violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage all members of the Penn community to join the Task Force’s #FlattenTheHate Campaign,” they said.