Over the past year, the violence against the Asian and Asian American community has significantly increased, specifically with targeted violence to East and South East Asians. This anti-Asian climate cultivated an environment that resulted in a brutal mass murder two weeks ago that targeted Asian-owned businesses and resulted in eight people killed, six of whom were Asian women. The growing number of hate crimes and bias incidents impacting Asian communities are echoes of a long history of xenophobia and systemic racism.
Please join us virtually on Friday, April 2nd from 3:00-4:00pm EST, as we are holding a processing and healing space for Asian and Asian American students and their allies. All are welcome and encouraged to join in whatever mode they feel most comfortable with (i.e. video on or off, muted/unmuted, chat only, etc.).
This will be a student-centered space for finding words to describe our experiences on the impact of the violence in Atlanta and the exacerbated anti-Asian climate over the past years and historically, listening to each other’s stories, and advancing community connection through solidarity and coalition.
The beginning portion of this program will be a larger community dialogue and then we will hold breakout rooms for affinity groups (e.g.,breakout rooms for Asian and Asian American identified communities members and for Allies).
A link for this meeting will be via Google Meets. You must be signed in to a Gmail account and/ or your UMBC email in order to access the meeting.
Join by phone
PIN: 559 259 736#
PLEASE NOTE: This brave space is not intended for debate or therapy. Rather, this event is meant to provide intentional supportive space for UMBC community members to process and share their thoughts, emotions, and reactions.
UMBC is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors. If you have difficulties accessing any of the materials on our site or any of our events or discussions, please contact us so that we can provide an alternative format and/or remedy any accessibility challenges.
This solidarity space is a collaborative partnership between Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion, and Belonging (i3b), Women’s Center, Counseling Center, Asian & Asian American Faculty & Staff Council (AAAFSC) and UMBC student leaders.