We were grieved and saddened to learn about the recent reported shootings of multiple Asian American women this week in Atlanta. This is an unspeakable tragedy — for the families of the victims first and foremost, but also for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community (AAPI), which has been reeling from high levels of racist attacks over the past year.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Asian Americans across the country have reported being targeted in over 3,000 hate incidents. These assaults are happening during a pandemic where Asian Americans have disproportionately lost their jobs or had their businesses boycotted.Hate in any form is unacceptable, and for the past year, we have not been able to protect Asian Americans from being targets of violence and hate. Racism, misogyny, and white supremacy are a threat to all our communities, and to see these narratives (like the “lone wolf”) play out repeatedly in the media is another form of violence.
As the Council of Employee Resource Groups at Harvard, we stand in solidarity with the victims of the heinous crimes in Atlanta, and with all our Asian and Asian American colleagues, and friends across the United States and around the world.
We ask that you join our pledge to support and reaffirm the belonging of Asian and Asian Americans both across Harvard campuses and in our personal lives.
In addition, here are a few ways you can support the Asian and Asian Community in Massachusetts:
- The Asian American Commission | Learn About Our Mission & Get Involved
- Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association: CMAA Lowell
- Asian Community Development Corporation (Boston)
- Chinese Progressive Association | for justice, democracy, and equality
This is also a time for healing, and those amongst us who want additional support for wellness and self-care can find resources here:
- Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
- Employee Assistance Program
- Center for Wellness and Health Promotion
In solidarity and community,
The Employee Resource Group Council
Association of Black Faculty, Administrators, and Fellows (ABFAF)
Association of Harvard Asian and Asian American Faculty and Staff (AHAAAFS)
Association of Harvard Latinx Faculty and Staff (AHLFS)
Harvard LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Group (QERG)
Committee on the Concerns of Women (CCW)