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May 2, 2021

Dear Tufts community,

I am writing to inform you about two incidents of hate that occurred on campus over the past week. In the first incident, several Asian students were walking along Professors Row when they were verbally assaulted with hateful anti-Asian rhetoric from the occupants of a passing vehicle. In the second incident, members of one of our athletic teams found a large swastika painted on the Bello Field shed.

Let me state as clearly as I can: Acts of anti-Asian hate and anti-Semitism such as these are unacceptable and violate what we stand for as a community. I acknowledge the significant harm that these incidents can have on the Asian and Jewish communities, respectively. All of us have a responsibility to speak out against such bigotry.

The Tufts University Police Department is conducting investigations of the despicable acts of hate; it is uncertain at this point whether the perpetrators in either case are members of the Tufts University community. If you have any information about these incidents, I encourage you to reach out to the TUPD at 617-627-3030 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, please file a report under the discrimination heading in Ethicspoint.

Unfortunately, these anti-Asian and anti-Semitic incidents are part of a larger trend in the United States. Our campus has not been immune to this trend as complaints of bias to our Office of Equal Opportunity have increased significantly over the past several years. This is not acceptable.

Though we have been striving to become a more just, more equitable, and more diverse university, incidents of bias and hate such as these demonstrate that we still have far to go. I hope you will join me in redoubling our efforts and recommitting ourselves to eliminating racist and anti-Semitic acts in our community.

Best wishes,

Tony Monaco