Statement Against Violence Toward the Asian American Pacific Islander Community

Cato College of Education building
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
On March 16, eight people including six Asian women in the Atlanta, Georgia area were murdered, in yet another senseless act of racism, committed this time against our Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.  We acknowledge the long history of anti-Asian hate towards Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders throughout the United States. The recent escalation in xenophobia and increasing incidents of hate towards these communities will not be tolerated. We, in the Cato College of Education, stand united in our opposition to the systemic racism that permeates society. Words that are spoken do matter. Recognizing our influence in preparing the teachers, school leaders, and counselors who will shape the thoughts and beliefs of future generations, we know that we have a responsibility to disrupt racism and all forms of injustice. As a college, we commit to our continuing efforts to educate ourselves and our candidates at all levels on antiracism and equipping them with tools to support their personal and professional growth through antiracist pedagogies and curricula. We denounce white supremacy, acknowledge the history of racism, and commit to raising national awareness of anti-Asian hate in this country. We stand together in solidarity with AAPI communities.

Should you need resources, please explore the campus and national resources below:

To learn more about Asian Americans:

Resources on the final page:

Academic Resources:

Ho, Jennifer. “Anti-Asian Racism, Black Lives Matter, and COVID-19.” Japan Forum, DOI    10.1080/09555803.2020.1821749.

Hsu, Madeline. Asian American History: A Very Short Introduction.2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Lee, Erika. The Making of Asian America: A History. Simon & Schuster 2015.

Lopez, Ian Haney. White By Law: the Legal Construction of Race. 10th Anniversary edition. NYU Press 2006.

Maeda, Daryl. Chains of Babylon: the Rise of Asian America. University of Minnesota Press 2009.

Ngai, Mae. Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America. Princeton University Press 2014.

Schlund-Vials, Cathy, Linda Vo, Scott Wong (eds). Keywords for Asian American Studies. New York University Press 2015.

A Statement from Counseling and Psychological Services

Following the racial violence against the AAPI community last week, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is looking to organize a Healing and Empowerment Gathering (HEG) for students who identify as Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI). A HEG is a space facilitated by CAPS staff and/or other UNC Charlotte faculty and staff that allows for connections within a community, psychoeducation on the mental health impact of oppression-based trauma, and provides helpful strategies in managing trauma-based responses.

If you are a student who identifies within the AAPI community and are interested in participating in an HEG, we invite you to complete this interest form.

Additionally please find below resources that we hope will be helpful: 

As you continue to find what you need for yourself, we invite you to contact Counseling & Psychological services at 704-687-0311 if you would like for us to be a part of your healing journey.