Standing in Unity with our Asian and Asian American community – Condemning racism, bigotry and violence 

Monday March 22, 2021

Sadly, we once again find ourselves in a place where we must take a stand against racism, bigotry and violence. We are devastated by the tragic murders in Atlanta, and the continuing rise in violence and hate crimes against the Asian and Asian American community. As Chancellor Guskiewicz shared in his message on March 9th, Carolina is unified and steadfast in its commitment to celebrate and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

These principles are the foundation of everything we do here at the Entrepreneurship Center at UNC, and as part of the greater community, locally and globally. My primary reason for accepting this role with the Eship Center in 2019 was to make entrepreneurship more accessible for all. Over the past two years, our entire Eship team has worked hard to create a more open and welcoming community. 

This latest tragedy is another painful reminder that more work needs to be done. We want our Asian and Asian American students, entrepreneurs and community to know that we stand with them and we are here to support them. We are committed to doing the hard work needed to better understand the challenges they and other minority entrepreneurs, students and community members face, and to offer programming and resources to support them. As always, we look to our community for expertise, guidance and feedback on how we can do better; and we welcome opportunities to partner whenever possible. We are all in this together. 

With that in mind, I wanted to share some resources you might find helpful:  

The UNC Asian American Center offers a number of resources including valuable information about mental health resources, reporting Hate Crimes, education about Anti-Asian American Racism and scholarships. 

The University Office for Diversity and Inclusion offers resources for community and student education and engagement.  

The UNC Kenan-Flagler Wellness Teams have created resources for all of our students. The drop-in spaces listed here – which honor authenticity, vulnerability, respect and community – can provide additional support. If you have questions, please contact Felix Morton, student wellness coach, at felix_morton@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Innovate Carolina recently launched a new resource directory for minority- and female-led ventures. 

You can find more resources on our Diversity in Eship page. 

Best,

Vickie Gibbs, Executive Director