University statement of support for those affected by anti-Asian violence

As the University Chaplain and the Dean of Wait Chapel wrote yesterday, Wake Forest University continues “to sit in sorrow and solidarity with all those affected by the horrific mass shooting in Atlanta.” The recent violent attacks have affected members of our Wake Forest community in profound and different ways.

President Nathan O. Hatch affirmed his commitment to support those who have been affected by this hate. The incident brings many issues into focus, particularly the increasing anti-Asian sentiment across the country during the pandemic, as well as the devastating impact of gender violence on our society. For Wake Foresters who call Atlanta home, this tragic event resonates in a city that is not only central to the civil rights movement, but also increasingly representative of the tapestry that is our nation.

Campus partners are working to bring awareness and provide outreach to faculty, staff, and students in this time of pain, anger, and grief. University resources that can directly provide support and spaces of affirmation to members of our community include:

Confidential resources available to faculty and staff also include the Employment Assistance Program (EAP).