NYU Silver SJPC Responds to Anti-Asian Violence
On March 1, 2021, NYU Silver’s Social Justice Praxis Committee issued the following statement and call for action:
Dear NYU Silver Community,
As members of the NYU Silver School of Social Work’s Social Justice Praxis Committee (SJPC), we are saddened and horrified to read about the recent acts of physical violence and harassment against Asian and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) persons. These racially motivated hate crimes, unfortunately, are not new. We know these and other injustices are products of white supremacy and systemic racism and oppression that are deeply ingrained in our society. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, inflammatory and xenophobic rhetoric has significantly increased the risk of violence and harm to Asian and AAPI individuals, families, communities, and businesses.
These acts of violence, which, as noted above, are the products of hateful rhetoric, deep-seated Anti-Asian racism, and xenophobia, run counter to the values of the social work profession. In holding with the values of our profession, the SJPC unequivocally supports all Asian and AAPI students, faculty, and staff within our community, and together, we must take a strong anti-racist stance against all identity-based violence and oppression. We must imagine a world where we feel safe and free from white supremacy and other systems of oppression. We must push past the comfort of silence and complacency, especially among white people, and name and contest Anti-Asian violence and discrimination. We must be at the forefront of social justice and change and amplify the continued coalition-building between all marginalized communities.
The mission of the SJPC is to develop and implement strategies and tactics of action to uphold the social justice mission of NYU Silver and the social work profession. We ask the NYU Silver community to join the SJPC in our collective fight for social justice and change by taking some of the steps below.
Please note that this is a select list of resources; it is not exhaustive or comprehensive:
Raise awareness and condemn acts of anti-Asian violence:
Stop AAPI Hate: Report any assaults or harassment that you witness or experience.
Sign and share the following petitions:
Educate yourself and stay informed:
Follow AAPI community leaders, activists, and artists on social media for further education and resources:
Actively show up for Asian Community:
For Asians and Asian-Americans: engage in intentional self-care and connect with people you trust
Keep up on recent protests
Organizations and Movements you can support
CAAAV: Builds grassroots power across low-income Asian immigrant and refugee communities in NYC
Mekong NYC: Works with Southeast Asian community in the Bronx and throughout NYC
Asian American Feminist Collective: NYC-based collective engaging in intersectional and transnational feminist politics and providing spaces for identity exploration, political education, community building, and advocacy
Asian American Advancing Justice: Affiliation of five organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities
Heart of Dinner: Ending hunger and isolation for Asian-American homebound elderly by providing culturally thoughtful meals paired with handwritten notes.
Engage in social justice change at NYU Silver and the larger community
Silver Peer Advocates work in consultation with the Director of DEI, Richeleen Dashield, to support the human dignity of those who have been affected by bias, discrimination, and harassment.
Counseling (nyu.edu) is available to Silver students with Dr. Tiffany Llewellyn by contacting the Counseling and Wellness Services at NYU.
We are committed to continuing this important work to address these systemic issues together. To that end, Professor Doris Chang and Associate Director for Inclusive Engagement and Student Life Angie Kim invite our AAPI identifying community members and our allies to join us on Wednesday, March 3, at 7:00PM for processing and collective healing.
Members of the Social Justice Praxis Committee
Cherrie Pamela Rose Short CBE
Doris F. Chang
Eliza Ella Ohlund
Grace C. DeFino
Neil B. Guterman
Ronnie J. Greenberg
Sabrina R. Cluesman
Silver Climate Support Peer Advocates
The Social Justice Praxis Committee, composed of Silver School faculty, students, and staff, serves as a catalyst for development, implementation, and assessment of a comprehensive strategy and tactics of action to address social justice, equity, and inclusion at the Silver School.