Dear MCAD Community,
Recent attacks on the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, including the horrific shootings in Atlanta, have left me deeply troubled. We need to hold space for those who have been victims, but holding space and providing words of condolence is not enough. It is imperative that we, as members of the MCAD community, unequivocally and explicitly reject this reprehensible rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, stand with members of the AAPI community, and be ready to provide individuals with the support they need.
Sadly, Anti-Asian bias and hatred is not new to this country and has been institutionalized for over 150 years. We need to acknowledge that this is part of a broader history of discrimination towards our Black, Latinx, and Muslim communites.We condemn this xenophobia and these acts of aggression. There is no place for this in our college, in our communities, and in our country.
To our AAPI students, faculty and staff, we are here to support you. We have created a virtual space meeting today at noon (March 25) to share support and experiences related to the Atlanta shootings and to broader anti-Asian hatred and discrimination. If you identify as Asian or AAPI and you would like to join this space, please send an email to email@example.com. As a reminder to our international students, we hold a weekly meeting with Britt Nelson, International & Off-Campus Programs Advisor, to come together in a safe environment. For more information contact Britt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we work to keep our community safe from the onslaught of COVID-19 these acts of violence remind us that we are confronted on a daily basis with another public crisis, that of racism and xenophobia. Thank you for your efforts in helping keep the MCAD community supported and for advocating for broader systemic change. I hope you stay healthy and well.
All my best,