Condemning Hate and Violence Against the Asian Community

There is no place on our campus for violence and hate, and university resources are available for those who need support, President Thomas LeBlanc writes. 

March 18, 2021

Dear Members of the GW Community,

This week I have watched the news with a heavy heart, as another act of hateful violence and senseless shootings occurred in Atlanta, Georgia.  While the motivations of the Atlanta shooter are still under investigation, the recent surge in violence against the Asian community is deeply disturbing.  I am sorry that many of you are experiencing fear and concern.

I condemn all acts of violence and hate.  As President of the George Washington University, I want members of our community to know that there is no place on our campus for violence and hate, and I am unwavering in this sentiment.  I send my deepest condolences to members of our community impacted by the shootings, and to the family, friends, and neighbors of the eight people who had their lives taken.

Our university leaders recognize that GW community members may be seeking spaces to process, share, and receive support.  Please know that our university resources remain available to you during this time, including the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community EngagementCounseling and Psychological ServicesAdvocacy & SupportStudent AffairsHuman Resources, and Faculty Affairs.


Thomas J. LeBlanc