Supporting Our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander American Community

Dear HSU Campus Community[1] [2] ,

We are outraged by the increasing anti-Asian bias and hate-motivated incidents across the United States. On Tuesday, March 16, eight people were killed in shootings that occured in Atlanta, Georgia. The eight victims included six Asian women. According to Stop AAPI Hate (stopaapihate.org), a hate tracker that several Asian Americans created in 2020, more than 2,800 incidents of discrimination and racism targeting Asian Americans were recorded between March and December 2020.

Humboldt State University leadership and the campus community stand in solidarity with the Asian, Asian American, Desi, and Pacific Islander American community. We reiterate our institutional commitment to creating and nurturing a campus community where Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander American, and all students and employees feel welcomed, safe, respected, and valued.

This message is a call for individual and collective commitment and action to continue to do our part in fulfilling the promise of the University’s Strategic Plan 2021-2026, Future Forward, which seeks to create a sustainable community. We condemn the threats, intimidation, hate crimes, violence, and death that continue to be inflicted upon the Asian, Asian American, and Pacififc Islander community. Xenophobia will never be tolerated.

We feel the pain of all those who have been victimized because of their Asian American identities, and stand together to act in transformative ways.

Become Involved and Take Action

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, in partnership with the President’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council, Dean of Students, and the Social Justice, Equity & Inclusion Center is providing the following opportunities and resources to engage in courageous and healing conversations and actions:

➢    “Solidarity Dialogue”: Opportunities to unpack current events, share experiences, and articulate commitments to transformation[3] [4] 

➢    “Walk Each Other Home”: Volunteer program to walk our neighbors home and increase safety[5] [6] [7] [8] [9] 

➢    Report Hate Incidents: The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association —a group of 50,000 Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students—has curated a list of resources that include everything from explaining the difference between a hate crime and a hate incident to detailing ways to report hate crimes to law enforcement. It has also launched a pro bono Hate Crimes Task Force to offer legal resources to victims. You can submit a request through an intake formYou can submit a request through an intake form.

Support Services Available[10] 

Processing and dealing with Xenophobia, especially now, when we are forced to remain socially distant from one another is not an easy task. Despite circumstances from the pandemic, HSU remains committed to supporting the needs of our university community. For students who are struggling, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is available virtually 24/7 for support.

If you need help regarding safety on campus, the Dean of Students Office may be reached at (707) 826-3504 or dos@humboldt.edu. Staff or faculty seeking additional support may utilize the Employee Assistance Program at (707) 443-7358. Students, staff, and faculty may also contact the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at (707) 826-4503.

We are grateful in advance for your engagement in and support of this important commitment to stand in solidarity with the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander American community. The time is now![11] [12] 

Dr. Elavie Ndura

Associate Vice President and Campus Diversity Officer

Dr. Eboni Ford Turnbow

Dean of Students