University Response

Standing together

Date: March 18, 2021

JMU Family,

In response to the disturbing rise of hate crimes, violence and vitriol directed at our Asian and Asian American sisters and brothers—particularly but not only during the ongoing pandemic—James Madison University expresses its compassion, solidarity and commitment to the personal safety of each and every member of our community.

Intolerance toward individuals because they belong to a particular racial or ethnic group is an unhealthy and dangerous sign of ignorance. As a public institution, the university embraces values of diversity, inclusivity and equity as central to our educational mission. Our annual Conference on Diversity held this week, and the large and diverse Task Force on Racial Equity launched last fall, are among the many efforts we are bringing to bear against the scourge of racial and ethnic intolerance.

As always, if you are aware of a potential hate crime directed at our community, please contact JMU Police at (540) 568-6912 for non-emergencies and (540) 568-6911 for emergencies. Complaints regarding potential incidents of race discrimination should be referred to the Office of Equal Opportunity at (540) 568-6991 or Please join me in expressing support and compassion for Asian and Asian American members of our community and beyond as we work to build a better tomorrow together.

Jonathan R. Alger
President, James Madison University

Educational Resources

 JMU Libraries:

 JMU School of Nursing:

  • Asian American Anti-Racism & Bystander Intervention Resources

 Cornell University Asian American Studies Program:

 New York City Department of Education:

 Anti-Defamation League (ADL):

 University of Minnesota: 

 Little Moments Count:

Lesson Plans and Curriculum Resources:

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