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Asian and Asian-American Students Affinity Space
June 11, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
We understand the negative health impacts of racism in our society and its influence within institutions that serve us. We witness daily the building allostatic load our students, staff and faculty of color are experiencing as a result. We stand directly and unequivocally opposed to all forms of racism, oppression, and violence. We are very aware that, in addition to the visa and immigration-related issues for our international graduate students, the everyday lives of our Chinese students have been extremely stressful because of COVID-19 and the references of divisive elements that are calling it the ‘Chinese Virus’ and the harassment or violence they may have faced/are facing because of their identity. We also know that our Asian/Asian American-identified students are experiencing racist comments and attacks due to ignorance and the current racial unrest in our country.
In an effort to create greater health equity for our valued students, we are directly centering the needs of our Asian and Asian American-identified graduate students. To this end, Student Wellness and IME/Global Grads/DSS are partnering to offer ‘An Affinity Space’ for our Asian and Asian American-identified students to come together to share their thoughts, concerns, and receive support. The event will be moderated by Shahnaz Khawaja, Assistant Director for Resilience and Recovery Strategies in the Office of Student Wellness and Maria Erb, Co-Director of Diversity and Student Success in The Graduate School.