From the SDA Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the School’s Inclusion and Equity Committee
We stand in unequivocal solidarity with Asian American, Pacific Islander and Desi American (APIDA) members of our community amid the horrific increase of anti-Asian and anti-Asian American racism and violence taking place across the country. Since March 2020, StopAAPIHate.org has documented over 3,795 reports of anti-Asian hate. We denounce such violence against any member of humanity and those who perpetrate such violence must be held accountable.
These acts of discrimination and violence are part of deep systemic racism that has scapegoated minoritized communities for centuries. We commit to work together to continue our important anti-racist work and education, and to combat white supremacy in all its forms.
The crimes perpetrated this week fall at the intersection of gender-based violence, misogyny and xenophobia. We must ensure the authentic inclusion and belonging for all people.
This Friday’s EDI Meeting is designated specifically as a processing space for our community of APIDA students, faculty, and staff. All are encouraged to attend: those who are hurting and those who want to help.
USC Asian American Student Services
USC Student Counseling and Mental Health
24/7 phone line: 213-740-9355 (WELL)
For Faculty and Staff: Center for Work and Family Life
Resource guide from Playbill.com with links to support the APIDA theatrical community and local businesses, organization suggestions if you are able to donate, and opportunities for education.