GSS Statement On Anti-Asian Violence

Dear Graduate Students and Community Members,

We, the members of the Graduate Student Senate are saddened by the horrific and violent murders of: Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, and Yong Ae Yue. by a white supremacist on Monday, March 16, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The violent murders of majority Asian women in Atlanta, Georgia highlights the racism, violence, and bigotry our friends and relatives in the Asian-American community have faced over the past year since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. 

It is to our shame that many of those who have stoked this violence and racist attacks have been prominent figures in our society, including the past President of the United States. The Graduate Student Senate condemns the murders in Georgia and the acts of hate and violence that have swept our country and our community in our most difficult times. We recognize that the fountainhead for continued bigotry and racism in our country stems from colonialism and white supremacy. The GSS is here for our community. Below we have assembled both campus and national resources. Please reach out to us if you are in need of anything or have suggestions on how we can do more to support graduate students of Asian descent who are facing racism and violence.

The Graduate Student Senate further endorses the “Statement on Anti-Asian Racism, Xenophobia, and Gender-Based Violence (March 2021)” made by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate program which can be found on their website here and as a downloadable document here.

Resources (from a recent MoveOn Civic Action communication)

University of Massachusetts Amherst Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate program has links to further resources following their statement here.

Further social justice and Anti-Black racism resources can be found on the GSS Website here.