Dear MSS Family,
As we continue to witness the rise of anti-Asian racism across the country and mourn the loss of 8 people, including 6 Asian women, to last week’s hate crime in Atlanta, the MSS professional staff would like to express that we are here to support you - we know you are hurting. The shootings in Atlanta and the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes over the past year were fueled by racism and xenophobia, and this violence connects to a long, often forgotten history of anti-Asian oppression. In particular, these murders highlight the violent impact of racialized misogyny on Asian identifying women and femmes. To say we are overwhelmed and tired is an understatement.
We hope you are taking time to center healing and care. Here are additional resources and ways to support (this list has been adapted from NASPA):
Support the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum - Georgia Chapter, which advocates for AAPI immigrant women’s economic and reproductive rights, and the Red Canary Song grassroots collective of Asian and migrant sex workers
Reach out to Asian and Asian American colleagues - without the expectation that they respond
Invest in learning about Asian American history and the long-standing violence enacted against these communities: #WeAreNotAVirus: Asian American History Video Series and A Different Asian American Timeline
Learn about the history of Asian Americans at UVA through Professor Sylvia Chong’s ‘A Race So Different’: Asians and Asian Americans in UVA’s History”
Explore the 2020 Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Student Survey Report by the Asian Student Union at UVA
Check out #WeAreNotInvisible: A Report on Academic Reform written by the Asian Leaders Council at UVA
Access resources to document and address COVID-19-related hate and discrimination from Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Please reach out to us if you’d like someone to talk to one-on-one. We will also be holding a virtual space on Thursday, March 25th at 5 pm for those who want to be in community with their peers, dialogue and process.
We see you; we hear you; and we are here for you.
Vicki Gist, She | Her | Hers, Associate Dean of Students & Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sadira Glendenning, She | Her | Hers, Program Coordinator, email@example.com
Jannatul Pramanik, She | Her | Hers, Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Winkowski, They | Them | Theirs, Program Coordinator, email@example.com
APIDA Community Space
Thursday, March 25th | 5 pm - 6 pm
Today's community space will focus on processing the experiences of APIDA students amidst the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes and the recent shooting in Atlanta. Join MSS & CAPS for this virtual space on Thursday, March 25th from 5 pm - 6 pm. The Zoom link can be found here.