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EAPS Statement on Anti-Asian Racism and Violence

On behalf of the EAPS department and the EAPS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee,

While racism and discrimination against individuals of Asian heritage is by no means new, over the past year we have witnessed an alarming escalation in bigotry and xenophobia directed at Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. Here in EAPS we condemn all violent and racist actions perpetrated against these members of our community. Individuals of Asian descent are valued and important members of the EAPS community and we offer our unequivocal support to you in these difficult times.

 If you have experienced or witnessed a xenophobic incident, please immediately report the incident to the departmental ombudspeople, the department head, and the Office of Institutional Equity. We encourage the faculty to ask their group members if they have access to the support they need and provide space for discussing this topic if desired.

 We further draw your attention to upcoming opportunities offered by the Purdue Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center (AAARCC) to increase awareness of anti-Asian racism in America and offer community support to individuals identifying with these groups. In particular, we strongly encourage EAPS members to participate in an upcoming event explicitly addressing anti-Asian hate -- sign up here:

  1.  April 9th. 3 - 4 PM ET. “Bystander Intervention To Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment” 

The EAPS DEI committee will be coordinating a discussion group following the Bystander Intervention training coordinated by AAARCC on April 9th. Please stay tuned for a link.

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