Canadian postsecondary institutions respond to fear, racial stereotyping regarding coronavirus

February 6, 2020

Several Canadian postsecondary institutions are responding to stigmatization and racial stereotyping of Chinese students and the broader community in light of fears about the coronavirus. Kwantlen Polytechnic University is encouraging community members to "remain vigilant about the risks of embracing stereotypes at a time of heightened concern." Relatedly, Queen's University Principal Patrick Deane posted a statement warning students of an "insidious social challenge" in light of the novel coronavirus. “Ignorantly ostracizing Chinese and Asian students will rip apart the beautiful tapestry of our international campus and must be repudiated by everyone,” stated Deane in a news release. Global News | Aldergrove Star (National)