A Message from President Freeman Denouncing Racism and Violence
March 18, 2021


Dear Huskies,


This week, eight individuals, including six women of Asian descent, lost their lives in a targeted, mass shooting in Atlanta. These actions of anti-Asian violence are driven by hate and are completely reprehensible. Northern Illinois University is committed to speaking out and imploring our community and society to denounce hate and all forms of racism.


The increase in crimes across our nation targeting those who are not white cause fear and lasting harm to underrepresented communities everywhere. This past year has been particularly challenging for the Asian community as they have not only battled COVID-19, but the xenophobia it has produced. To our Asian students, faculty and staff, we are here to support you and to remind you that you are valued Huskies. Students, please reach out to the university, whether through our Asian American Resource Center or Student Affairs services to let us know what you need.  For employees, please do not hesitate to communicate with your supervisor and utilize the services of our Employee Assistance Program.


If you are a victim or witness to harassment, discrimination or bias, please use the NIU Bias Reporting Form to make us aware so that we can take action.


Please take care of one another.


Forward Together,


Lisa C. Freeman


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