The recent violence targeting Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders reflects the deepening of many of the divisions and increasing acts of violence that have arisen since the pandemic began. Six of the eight killed in the Atlanta-area shootings were of Asian descent and seven of them were women.
As an organization that promotes and celebrates community and inclusion, the UW Program on Climate Change (UW PCC) stands with the University of Washington and educational institutions across the country to decry recent and racially motivated attacks. We ask each member of our community to unite, to be active members in our fight against racism in all forms, to report racist incidents, and to commit to work for justice, equity and inclusion for all.
PCC leadership and the community are working towards greater awareness and action to advance justice, equity and inclusion. Please share your observations and suggestions through our anonymous portal, and use the UW’s bias reporting tools.
The UW American Ethnic Studies Department has provided the following resources for victims of hate crimes, as well as educational material for learning how to support AAPI communities.
- Reports of hate crimes can be made here: stopaapihate.org, www.aapihatecrimes.org, and www.standagainsthatred.org.
- Education on reporting hate crimes can be found at these links: COVID-19 Toolkit, Responding to Hate Crimes Community Action Guide, and Hate Incident Reporting website: Asian Americans Advancing Justice; Asian American Legal Defense Fund
- Local orgs working in partnership w/Asian American + Pacific Islander Communities: Asian Counseling and Referral Service; King County Coalition Against Hate and Bias
- Additional information and resources may be found here on the UW School of Social Work website: https://socialwork.uw.edu/news/tracking-and-understanding-anti-asian-racism-during-pandemic
As a reminder, individual level health and well-being support is available through UW for students (https://wellbeing.uw.edu/topic/mental-health/) and staff and faculty (https://hr.uw.edu/benefits/uw-carelink/).