Consistent with our efforts to recognize and combat elements of racialization in our country, the WBCP stands with colleagues, friends, and neighbors of Asian descent, who have felt the brunt of increased attacks, including physical assault, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was the case even before the brutal murder of six women of Asian descent in Atlanta last night. The constant connection of the pandemic with its suspected Asian origins has seeped into both conscious and unconscious narratives about Asian people, resulting in covert and overt acts that are harmful and dehumanizing. We must insist on maintaining our efforts to understand and improve the human condition inside and outside our consulting rooms and Center, with respect for and abiding interest in the differences among us, and recognize our shared humanity.
David Cooper, Ph.D. and Joanie Liebermann, M.D., co-chairs WBCP Diversities Committee on behalf of our committee and Center leadership: Anita Bryce, Ph.D., President; Karol Kullberg, MSW, Vice President; Yvonne DeCuir, Ph.D., Vice President; Marc Levine, M.D., Institute Director