Dear SDSU Community,

We stand together in solidarity with our Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community today during this tragic moment after six Asian American women and two of their co-workers were killed in Atlanta, Georgia. Anti-Asian incidents and hate crimes continue to escalate across the United States. We ask every member of our SDSU community to pledge to take action, and to create a safe climate for every member of our region.

Sign the Pledge

More pledge details, with specific actions you can take beginning today, are available online.

This pledge recognizes that the recent escalation of anti-Asian sentiment and violence is not an isolated incident. It recognizes that there is a history of anti-Asian bias and hate in the United States, as there is against other marginalized groups. The ways in which this hate has manifested for APIDA communities over time differs. How we combat that hate, however, is the same. Solidarity and community are key. We must lean into difficult conversations, speak up against discrimination and hate-motivated actions, and stand together to support our APIDA communities.

APIDA students, faculty, and staff cannot be expected to do this work alone.

Stand with the APIDA Resource Center

Established in July 2020, the SDSU APIDA Resource Center provides support and resources to all members of the SDSU community, especially to APIDA students, faculty, and staff. Please reach out if you need support and/or have questions about this pledge by emailing the center at [email protected].

As members of our one SDSU community, support is directly available to you.

  • To our students: If you need mental or emotional support, please reach out to the SDSU Counseling and Psychological Services.

  • To faculty and staff: You can rely on the Employee Assistance Program (login required), which offers confidential support for a variety of concerns. Please also consider joining one of the Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) at SDSU. The SDSU Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) ERG and Bayanihan Filipino American Faculty and Staff Association are among those currently active.

  • To all: Information about additional SDSU support services is available online. If you experience and/or witness a race-based incident/attack, please submit a report to Inclusive SDSU.

In closing, the loss of life we saw in Atlanta this week is deeply troubling, and unacceptable. If SDSU is to live up to our strategic plan  where equity and inclusion is embodied in everything we do — we must support each other as one community, motivated by actions as well as words.

In solidarity,

Adela de la Torre, Ph.D.
President of San Diego State University

J. Luke Wood, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

Virginia Loh-Hagan, Ed.D.
Director of the APIDA Resource Center

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