Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been countless incidents of racist, misogynistic, and xenophobic harassment, bullying, verbal assault, and violence against Asians and Asian Americans. With the latest spike of anti-Asian hate and especially in the aftermath of six Asian American women and two white victims in Atlanta on March 26, the need to understand the causes and history of this anti-Asian hate and to support the Asian and Asian American community is greater than ever.
We invite the UMass Amherst community to this "Showing Up with Asian and Asian American Folks: A Community Forum and Dialogue on Building Solidarity" event on Monday, April 5, 2021 from 6:00 pm-7:30pm to discuss how to build a more inclusive and just campus community and to affirm our Chancellor's statement that "we condemn, in the strongest terms, hate and intolerance in all its forms and stand in solidarity with Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander members of our community."
This is a student-centered event that is limited to members of the UMass community. Faculty, students, and staff are all welcome. Look for upcoming events for the broader Amherst community to engage in this discussion.
Partial list of speakers and panelists (to be finalized): short presentations will be followed by breakout rooms to engage in conversation with each other
- Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy
- Linda Ziegenbein, Interim Director, Office of Student Success and Diversity, College of Natural Sciences
- C.N. Le, faculty in Sociology and Director of Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate Program
- Miliann Kang, faculty in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies and HFA Director of Diversity Advancement
- Amilcar Shabazz, faculty in Afro-American Studies
- Leo Hwang, Assistant Dean, College of Natural Sciences
- Joy Jarme, Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Campus Life
- Undergraduate and graduate students to be finalized