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Communication in Support of the AAPI Community
Posted 3/19/21

Like you, we have seen the reports recently in the news that reflect an alarming trend of acts of violence, racism and discrimination against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. These unprovoked, unwarranted attacks are deeply disturbing and have a profound impact on all of us in the SRVUSD education community,  but most directly on our Asian American and Pacific Islander students and families. 

 

We, in the SRVUSD, stand together in solidarity with all people of Asian American Pacific Islander descent and condemn these acts of hatred. As an education community, we strive to create a culture of respect where all students and staff feel safe to learn and work. These acts of hatred and intolerance are in direct conflict with the values and beliefs that we teach and embrace. We are firmly committed to the work that we are doing around diversity, equity and inclusion, and we stand united in our commitment to combat racism, bigotry, bias and discrimination in all forms.

 

As a District, we have done much work in this area, but we fully accept that we can do more. Our schools have an important role to play in making sure that the change we need to see can come to fruition. If we are truly going to make progress in eliminating racism, we must understand its history in our country and talk about it openly. We are proud of the educators in our District for their unwavering commitment to address these topics as part of their everyday work. We are proud of the students of this district, who have driven much of the work that has been done.

 

The SRVUSD is committed to reevaluating our practices and to encourage conversations that lead to real change. As our partners in your child’s education, we encourage you, as families, to talk with your children about what they may be seeing or hearing with regard to these incidents. Reinforce the ideals and beliefs that you embrace as a family. Talk about how those ideals and beliefs translate into the community and everyday life. Please remind your students that they have the ability to make a positive impact. Each act of kindness, each denouncement of racism, hatred or discrimination paves a path for healing and empowers them to make a difference.

 

As a District, we stand with the AAPI community, condemn anti-AAPI violence, and promote an environment where everyone can feel included and safe to study, work, and learn. We commit to furthering our work with students to denounce racism and promote justice and safe schools and communities for all.

 

*We invite you to explore some of the following resources:

 

Community Resources:

Asian American Justice + Innovation Lab

· Provides anti-racism resources for Asian Americans

· Resources educating Asian Americans on AAPI history, black solidarity and anti-black racism

Asian Mental Health Collective

· To make mental health accessible, approachable, easily available to Asian American communities worldwide

Asian Mental Health Project

· Educates, empowers, advocates, destigmatizes mental health

· Weekly healing space

· Not a replacement for therapy

 

Reporting Incidents in the Community:

· Hateisavirus.org

· Stopaapihate.org

· Standagainsthatred.org