Note of Support for Our Asian Pacific Islander Desi American and Asian Communities

Letter to students and faculty from Prabu David, Dean, College of Communication Arts and Sciences; Esther Thorson, Professor of Journalism, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, College of Communication Arts and Sciences; Lauren Gaines McKenzie, Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Yesterday’s shooting in Atlanta has aroused significant anxiety and concern, particularly for students of Asian descent. These unspeakable acts come at a time when racism and hate crimes directed toward the Asian community are rising at an alarming rate. Our heart goes out to the victims of these acts of violence, and to their families, friends, loved ones, and communities. There is no better time to emphasize that hate has no home here.

We encourage those of you who are in a position to be supportive, to take the time to check in with your family, friends, and colleagues in the Asian community. The College stands in solidarity with the Asian community, and we are committed to combating anti-Asian racism and violence.

Resources for students
Speak with a Counselor via MSU CAPS: If you do not have a scheduled telemental health appointment, and/or are not already established with CAPS, you can access a screening for new counseling and psychiatric services using the CAPS Phone Request form.

APIDA/A Virtual Listening Space Wednesday 3/24, 1:00PM register here
This confidential space provides Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi-American/Asian (APIDA/A) students time to share, listen and connect over their experiences. Graduate and undergraduate students, including all domestic, international, and multiracial students are welcome. All sessions will take place on HIPAA-compliant Zoom.

Resources for Faculty
Teach about anti-Asian racism and coronavirus-related racism by incorporating some of these resources from Educators 4 Social Change.