Dr. Melo – along with other faculty, staff, and students at UNC – shared her thoughts as part of a University Office for Diversity and Inclusion news piece:
In light of the alarming increase in anti-Asian violence and sentiment, there is great concern at UNC about the safety and well-being of our Asian faculty, staff and students. As members of our Carolina community, we grieve for their losses, share in their successes and strive to become better partners and allies.
In hopes of building a better sense of understanding of the difficulties and lived experiences of our Asian friends and colleagues, several have generously shared their stories. In their own words, our faculty, staff and students tell us of their connection to heritage and culture, navigating a sense of belonging (or not), and their concerns for the future.