Vice Provost Moore message on increased hate crimes targeting Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi Americans

Vice Provost Moore message on increased hate crimes targeting Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi Americans

Dear ODI Colleagues and Partners:

As we begin to move toward a brighter future, it is important to realize the toll the global pandemic has taken on our society. One troubling trend that we have seen in major American cities is an increase in hate crimes and violence targeting Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi Americans (APIDA) because of the pandemic, including the March shootings in Atlanta.

Additionally, several shocking videos, depicting violent assaults against Asian-Americans, have emerged on social and other news media. Further, a recent report from the California State University's Center for the Study of Extremism and Hate found that hate crimes against Asian Americans have spiked by more than 150 percent in the largest American cities last year. Sadly, we are not immune from these incidents in our own region.

I urge everyone to support the APIDA community at The Ohio State University and to speak up if you witness discrimination rooted in racial bigotry against any group. Now is the time to dig deep and find our common humanity as citizens of this world, as we seek to move forward toward a shared destiny of greater inclusion and understanding.

Thank you for the support you provide for the abiding values of greater diversity, equity, and inclusion at The Ohio State University and beyond. As we talk the talk, we must also show that we will walk the walk, both in our lives at this university and elsewhere.

Respectfully,

James L. Moore III, PhD

Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
Executive Director, Bell National Resource Center
Distinguished Professor of Urban Education, College of Education and Human Ecology

University statements of support for the APIDA community

To our Asian and APIDA community and allies,

It has been a difficult week. The murders last week in Atlanta of eight people, six of whom were Asian identifying women, have been a continuation of our grief and frustration resulting from anti-Asian racism. I share your pain, grief, anger and dismay. You are not alone.

Last week, over sixty Asian and APIDA identifying Buckeyes who are students, faculty and staff from across the university and medical center came together at our community forum, "Caring for Our Community: An APIDA space for healing and action." We resonated with each other's observations, held space for our collective pain, grief and anger and found strength in connecting with our community. We left that conversation knowing that where this gathering might have been the first of its kind, it certainly will not be the last. Below are some opportunities for all of us to continue this conversation, to bring forth our truths and to make known the impacts of anti-Asian racism.

To those striving for allyship with Asian and APIDA communities, too often it is the burden of APIDA folks to justify and call attention to the structural and interpersonal racism that they face on a daily basis. For too long, Asian and APIDA experiences have been erased from the national narrative of racial justice. We must name anti-Asian racism when we see it. Additionally, knowing our history is imperative to understanding our present. Please seek out opportunities to learn more about the history of anti-Asian racism and oppression in this country. We ask that you want to listen to our experiences and understand them within and beyond our present-day context.

To our Asian and APIDA siblings across campus, let's work together to continue our healing, to further our action and to build up our Asian/APIDA Buckeye community. We are strongest together.

Yours in unity, healing and action,

Sophia Antoun
Pronouns: she/her
Intercultural Specialist Asian Pacific Islander Desi
American (APIDA) Student Initiatives

The events yesterday in Atlanta are another reminder that we are experiencing an increase in hate crimes and bias incidents, much of it directed toward the Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American (APIDA) community. Some of this seems to have grown out of the false and unfortunate belief that COVID-19 was created and intentionally unleashed upon the world by China. Please reach out to your APIDA colleagues, staff and students to let them know that they are supported and valued here and to listen to any concerns they may have about these recent incidents.

Much of our strength lies in our ability to be a caring community – now is the time to express our values by reaching out to those around us who are in need of support.

Best wishes,

Gretchen Ritter
Executive Dean and Vice Provost

As yet another act of violence played out this week, this time against Asian Americans in Georgia, we hear echoes of similar tragedies perpetrated by hate in our country.

Asian American and Pan Islander citizens have suffered as many as 3,800 hate incidents since the pandemic began. Asian women are 2.3 times more likely to be targets.

As a college and as individuals, we cannot be silent in this space. Either we are committed to social justice for everyone or we are committed for no one at all. We at the College of Education and Human Ecology stand beside Asian Americans, and in particular with our Asian and Asian American staff, faculty and students. We are unequivocal in our commitment to racial equity for all people.

John Lewis said, “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?”

Americans are fatigued. We are weighted with concerns for our health, our welfare, our country. We feel isolated.

As Toni Morrison wrote, “The function, the very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being.”

And so, the fight for equity, kindness and integrity goes on.

Ask yourself in this moment, what are you called to do? And how do we as a community move forward? More than talk, our world needs outcomes.

Write an editorial. Call a colleague or friend to listen and offer support. Start conversations with your students. With your colleagues, continue the hard work of dismantling and driving out racism wherever it exists.

We cannot lose hope that one, by one, by one, people will cease to fear “the other” and prize the complexity and beauty of our difference.

Be well.

Don Pope-Davis, PhD
Dean

Recent conflicts and hate-motivated incidents involving Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) individuals across the country threaten our collective humanity. I want to reiterate my personal commitment to creating an anti-racist environment and be clear that the College of Optometry and The Ohio State University unequivocally condemn racism and discrimination in all forms, always. We stand in solidarity with our colleagues and friends.

Support and access to services for students, faculty, and staff are available in the college and from the university at large. Please contact Jen Bennett, and she and the Student Services team will guide you to the appropriate resources.

The rise in incidents of xenophobic harassment and violence against the APIDA community during the COVID-19 pandemic reminds us that our work to overcome racism must continue with passion and compassion. Supporting one another and not being afraid to reach out for help are urgently important. We are all allies in this fight against injustice.

Karla Zadnik, OD PhD
Dean and Glenn A. Fry Professor in Optometry and Physiological Optics
The Ohio State University College of Optometry

Dear Pharmacy Buckeyes,

The killings in Atlanta, GA this week are another example of people being targeted for their identity. Violence against the Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American (APIDA) community is on the rise, and we all have an obligation to speak out against it.

The College of Pharmacy joins President Johnson, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion James Moore III and others across campus in condemning these hate crimes and we offer our support to all people of Asian descent.

If you experience or witness harassment, discrimination or microaggressions, we encourage you to file a report with the Office of Institutional Equity.

This has been a tremendously difficult year – and I am proud of the way our community has responded. We still have work to do in creating an equitable and just community. Please reach out to your classmates, coworkers, faculty, friends and family and check in with each other. We will only fully realize our values of diversity and inclusion if we lean in to the uncomfortable conversations and learn how each of us can do better.

To learn more about vigils and events being planned in Columbus in response to the killings in Atlanta, please reach out to Lena Tenney at Tenney.39@osu.edu .

As President Johnson said, please use this opportunity to lift each other up and support each other.

Best wishes,
Dean Henry Mann

Once again, we find ourselves in mourning. Another hateful act of violence took eight lives in Georgia: six of the victims were Asian American women. Since the inception of the pandemic there has been a sharp rise in violence, hateful speech, and other expressions of racism towards Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi Americans (APISA) in this country. They have been targeted with hatred and violence in ways, often promoted by people in power, that have become commonplace and tolerated by too many in our society.

We stand with our APIDA students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the entire community, and we ask that you stand with us. Find an opportunity, today if you can, to promote kindness and a sense of safety among our APID community. Challenge ignorance and stand up for all who are subject to racist hatred.

Tom Gregoire
Dean of the College of Social Work

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

The college recognizes and is deeply saddened by the substantial increase in hate crimes, harassment and violence against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) and the larger Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi Americans (APIDA) communities since the COVID-19 pandemic and particularly in recent months.

Please know that Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine values and we are uncompromising in our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We define diversity in the broadest sense and are steadfast and compelled to work even harder to foster a culture in our college where each person (member of the college, prospective member, client, visitor, etc.), regardless of their attributes, background and lived experiences, feels welcome, comfortable, safe, respected, valued and a place they can thrive.

We stand strong in complete solidarity with the AAPI and APIDA communities, and for that matter other communities, and repudiate all acts of hate and violence they are experiencing.

Sincerely,
Dean Rustin Moore

To our graduate students, university, and broader community:

We, the Executive Board of the Council of Graduate Students are deeply saddened by the shootings that transpired last week in Atlanta, GA. These horrific events claimed the lives of eight individuals, six of whom were women, targeted because of their Asian heritage. Our thoughts, first and foremost, are with the loved ones of Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, and Daoyou Feng.

We strongly condemn these acts and the continued rise of violence against people of Asian descent nationwide. We echo the statements from other members of our university community but we also acknowledge that statements must also be followed by action. We recommit ourselves to our work in the roles of researchers, teachers, and students to end the prejudice, hatred, and discrimination that fuel the culture of white supremacy which has led to this increase in violence against Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi Americans (APIDA).

There is much work to be done to create a culture on our campus, in our community, and in our country that is free from violence, hate, and racism. As a first step, we encourage you to visit the links below, which provide information and mental health resources.

Additionally, below are several organizations and mutual aid funds that are doing crucial work for the APIDA community. We urge you to consider supporting their efforts, in whatever capacity you are able.

CGS stands in solidarity with the Asian and Asian American members of our Ohio State community, and we implore each and every graduate student to do the same. Each and every one of us must speak out when we witness any discrimination rooted in racial bigotry against any group at Ohio State. As President Johnson shared last week, the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) handles the university's response to all reports of harassment, including microaggressions and discrimination. This team can assist people in learning more about their rights to be free from harassment and discrimination, providing supportive measures and offering resolution options. Please contact OIE at:

In addition, if you are in distress, please know Ohio State has resources to help. Students may contact Counseling and Consultation Services at any time by calling 614-292-5766 or ccs.osu.edu. If calling after hours, press 2 to be connected to a counselor. For a comprehensive list of resources, visit go.osu.edu/mymentalhealth.

Over the coming weeks as CGS prepares for the 2021-2022 academic year, we will be reaching out and holding conversations with graduate students and leaders all across our campus to develop additional concrete actions we all can take to make Ohio State safe and inclusive for all.

In solidarity,

The Council of Graduate Students Executive Board

On Tuesday, March 16, eight people were murdered in Atlanta, Georgia and at least six were APIDA identifying women. We share your feelings of anger, fear, resentment, pain and grief. These are valid and normal responses to the trauma of racist violence. As Buckeyes and as agents for social change, it is most important to prioritize our own self-care and healing before we can engage in meaningful activism. We have created a virtual space centering APIDA students, faculty and staff experiences to connect and process today (Thursday, March 18) at 4:30 p.m. You can register here; we hope you will join us in this collective healing.

The murders in Atlanta coupled with the increase in reports of violence creates a mounting sense of anxiety for many in APIDA communities. Unfortunately, this is not the first time in history the APIDA community has been targeted in this way. The violence in Atlanta adds a component of intersectionality wherein the long-standing sexism and racism faced by APIDA women is particularly damaging and deadly. Stop AAPI Hate reports that APIDA women are 3 times more likely to be the target of racist attacks than APIDA men.

Racism against Asian and APIDA identifying people is a historical and contemporary reality, however it is rarely named as racism. Too often, it is the burden of APIDA folks to justify and call attention to the structural and interpersonal racism that they face on a daily basis. As APIDA identified people, or as individuals who love and care about APIDA people, knowing and understanding our history is imperative. As Buckeyes and as agents for social change, it is also important to prioritize education and learning about Anti-Asian racism.

Following the shootings in Atlanta that left eight people — including six people of Asian descent — dead, the Office of Student Academic Success joins President Kristina Johnson, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion James Moore III and others across the university in condemning the attacks.

We support all members of the Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American (APIDA) community and we strongly condemn the rise in discrimination and violence against people of Asian descent.

I encourage anyone who experiences or witnesses harassment, discrimination and/or microaggressions to file a report with the Office of Institutional Equity, and I encourage anyone who needs additional support to reach out to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

I'm also here if you'd like to talk. We must join together and reject all forms of racism to build a stronger community.

Take care,
Beth Hume
Vice Provost for Student Academic Success
Dean of Undergraduate Education