As Atlanta marks the one-year anniversary of a horrific attack on the Asian and Asian American community, we wish to share several resources for those affected who may find this day difficult and painful. As stated by former President Mark Becker last year, the shootings were a clear reminder that the Georgia State community must commit to foster a culture of respect for all, and to stand together against attacks on our Asian American community as well as other communities that have suffered the pain and loss of violence and injustice.
We also would like to share an event that you may find impactful later this month as Georgia State prepares to observe its Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month (you'll receive more information soon about Georgia State's observance. The university celebrates the month in April rather than May, so that more students may participate):
Building Bridges - African and Asian Descended Allies Event, March 30
The Asian/Asian American Faculty Identity Group and the Department of Middle and Secondary Education of the College of Education and Human Development are sponsoring the Building Bridges - African and Asian Descended Allies Event, on March 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 25 Park Place, Room 223.
The event will feature timely conversations amid hate crimes, inclusive discussions for intersectional collaborations, and will allow attendees to enjoy music, food and book prizes.
The event is co-sponsored by the College of Education & Human Development, the Center for Studies on Africa and Its Diaspora, AAAFIG, the Department of Kinesiology and Health, and the Department of Middle and Secondary Education.
Please RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/5n7vndry.
Health, Wellness & Assistance
- The Counseling Center: https://counselingcenter.gsu.edu/services/counseling-services/
- Student Victim Assistance
- Faculty and Staff Assistance Service (Employee Wellness and Development Services)
Connections for the Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander Community
- Asian Studies Center at Georgia State: https://asianstudies.gsu.edu/
- Georgia State University Asian and Asian American Faculty Identity Group (AAAFIG): https://dei.gsu.edu/act/faculty-affinity-groups/aaafig/.
- Student Organizations and Associations: Search the Panther Involvement Network by clicking here. Some of the organizations include, but are not limited to (you will find them in the listing at the link):
- Asian American Student Organization
- Asian American Law Students Association (AALSA)
- Chinese Student Union
- Korean Undergraduate Student Association
- Taiwanese Student Association
- Japanese Student Association
- Indian Cultural Exchange
- Nepali Student Association
- Pakistani Student Association
- Persian Student Association
- Vietnamese Student Association
Fight AAPI Hate
What to Do if You Experience AAPI Hate
The DEI website Resource Library has some helpful listings:
- Self-Care Tips For Asian Americans Dealing With Racism Amid Coronavirus (Advice from AAPI Therapists)
- Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Others
- Safety Tips for Those Experiencing or Witnessing Hate
Be a Better Ally
Are you looking to be a better ally and to go from a bystander to an upstander? The DEI website Resource Library has helpful resources on what to do if you see someone being harassed.
- Show Up: Your Guide to Bystander Intervention (Brochure)
- Bystander Training: From Bystander to Upstander (LinkedIn Learning, free to all Georgia State students, faculty and staff)
We hope you find these resources helpful. If you have any additional resource suggestions, please let us know by emailing [email protected].
And in the words of Dr. Becker last year:
Georgia State is built on the strength of a diverse community that works together to advance knowledge and society through education and scholarship, and it is at times like this that we recommit ourselves to the values of open inquiry and dialogue. Our Georgia State community exemplifies the promise of a brighter future as our society grapples with another episode of targeted violence and senseless murders. We cannot give into despair, instead we must light the way ahead.
— Jeremy Craig, Communications Manager for the Office of the Provost