Posted 03/30/2021  |  Back

To our Asian and Asian-American students, faculty, staff, and community members,

The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened a long history of anti-Asian racism in this country. We seek to shine a light on this longstanding history of racism and race-based violence enacted towards the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities nationally and globally.

As we remember the lives of those taken in Atlanta, know that we recognize your pain and fear from this and the many other targeted acts of violence. The murders of eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent, is horrific and yet not an isolated hate crime. 

We strongly condemn the perpetuation of racist, xenophobic, and sexist stereotypes. We stand in solidarity with you against the rise of hate speech and crimes. We are committed to battling discrimination, xenophobia, and white supremacy, while working to ensure the Library is a welcoming, safe space for all. 

If you need support please reach out to Fitchburg State Counseling Services by calling 978-665-3152, or by sending an email to

To learn more about Asian-American experiences, stereotyping and xenophobia, go to the Library’s Anti-Asian Violence Guide.

The Staff of the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library