Dear University of Arizona Health Sciences Community,
The University of Arizona Office of the Provost issued a statement condemning the violence in Georgia earlier this week that left eight dead, most of the victims women and Asian American. This is only the most visible and latest example in the sharp and deplorable rise in discrimination, violence and hate against individuals in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community over the past year.
The University of Arizona Health Sciences stands in solidarity with our University in condemning violence of any kind, and we stand in solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander community. Our Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is committed to providing resources to address anti-Asian violence, xenophobia, and gender-based violence on our campus. The Provost’s message includes valuable resources to support our Asian American and Pacific Islander community and our entire campus community.
Below we share some additional resources to help individuals educate others, take action, donate, and more.
Anti-Asian racism and violent attacks on Asian elderly have only increased in recent months. Since COVID-19 became news in the United States, hate speech and violence against the AAPI community have run rampant. In February 2021, attacks, particularly on elderly Asian Americans, have spiked. Unfortunately, many of these incidents are not being reported and are invisible to major media outlets. We hope to change this by offering the following resources with our community. Please join us in taking action whether it's by educating yourself and others around you or donating to non-profit organizations.
Learn more about our efforts to combat racism and other injustices by reading our anti-racism statement.
40% of U.S. adults believe "it has become more common for people to express racist views toward Asians since the pandemic began" (Source: Pew Research)
More than 1,800 racist incidents against Asian Americans were reported between March and May of 2020, according to a United Nations Report (Source: CBS News)
Stop AAPI Hate National Report (March 19, 2020 - February 28, 2021) has received a staggering 3,795 reports of anti-Asian hate incidents. (Source: Stop AAPI Hate)
Sign the Educators Pledge
Over the past year, attacks on and injustices toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) have increased dramatically. As the United States approaches the 2021 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month—officially commemorated in May but observed by many schools, colleges, and universities in April—the need for a stronger movement against anti-AAPI injustice cannot be clearer. Education and educators can and will do more.
All educators and educational scholars (AAPI and non-AAPI) are invited to sign the Educators Pledge to Support AAPIs and Advance Justice.
Please read and sign today. After signing, you can download the PDF of the pledge to save, print, and post. Then, please encourage other educators to join us.
Big thanks to the amazing team (listed in the sign-on form) who co-organized this pledge!