Solidarity with the APIDA Community

Statement From the Neuroscience Training Program in Solidarity with the APIDA Community

The Neuroscience Training Program strongly condemns the recent physical assaults of Asian-Pacific-Islander-Desi-American (APIDA) members of the UW–Madison community, and stands in solidarity with our APIDA colleagues. It is of central importance that every member of our community feels safe, valued, and supported in the lab, in the classroom, and more broadly in every aspect of their daily life. We commit to continually striving to foster and strengthen a climate in which all of us can achieve our potential as students, as scientists, and as human beings.

Statement From the Neuroscience and Public Policy Program Regarding Anti-Asian Hate

On June 14, 2022 a UW-Madison Ph.D. international student of Asian descent was assaulted while walking to his home from the gym. Later reports indicate that there may have been other targeted incidents of assault of this nature the night of and throughout this week.  Incidents like these are painful for those affected. While this incident and those like it should not have happened, we know that our campus community is not immune to anti-Asian hate and violence.

We express our strongest support of the student’s wellbeing and recovery. Our program stands firmly against anti-Asian hate and violence of any nature. We will not tolerate racially motivated attacks, or any attacks of any kind on this campus.

We call on the University of Wisconsin leadership to swiftly respond to this incident by offering support to the students who are affected and to work with all appropriate groups to ensure the safety of Asian and international students. We must stand together now in support of our Asian and international community members.