We Stand With Our Asian Colleagues: A Letter From the ESA President
March 22, 2021
To ESA members and the entomology profession at large:
Last week’s horrific events in Atlanta, amid an ongoing rise in violence and hateful acts toward Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders nationwide, are a sobering reminder of the persistence of racism, misogyny, and hate and their tragic consequences in the United States of America. My colleagues and I on the Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America condemn these acts, and we express our sympathies to ESA members of Asian heritage who have been affected by this deplorable trend in our country.
As a scientific society, ESA strives to foster a professional community in which insect scientists of all races, cultures, and backgrounds are safe and welcome, so that they may practice and share the science to which we are all dedicated. We stand in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander colleagues, who strengthen our Society with their contributions as authors, presenters, and volunteers and whose work advances insect science every day. And we urge all ESA members and entomologists to support their colleagues of Asian heritage and to join us in the work of ensuring safe and welcoming environments for all in the disciplines of entomology.
Michelle S. Smith, BCE
President, Entomological Society of America