Oakland, CA—March 23, 2021
I write to publicly condemn the anti-Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) violence and hate that has continued to surge in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the country. The loss and harm created through the past year of escalating violence against the AAPI community, including fatal attacks here in Oakland and last week’s deadly shootings in Atlanta, is exacerbated by the history of racism that has undermined the well-being of many, here at Mills and across the world, who identify as Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander. Mills stands in solidarity with our AAPI students, staff, faculty, alumnae, and their allies against anti-AAPI racism, sexism, violence, and racial injustice.
The March 18, 2021, San Francisco Chronicle report on discrimination against Asian women cited that California has the highest rates of anti-Asian violence and disproportionate rates of violent attacks against AAPI women. As an organization dedicated to advancing gender and racial equity, we strongly condemn these acts; there is never a justification for racist, sexist, anti-Asian violence. We encourage the Mills community and the public to use the following resources, selected by Mills' own AAPI community, to educate themselves and to take action.
Upcoming Student-Run Events:
Wednesday, April 7 at 6:00 pm PST: Student Voices Series—Hate is a Virus: A Deeper Look Into Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia with Victoria Lam and Grace Hirschfeld
Thursday, April 15 from 4:00–5:00 pm PST: A Discussion of Anti-Asian Racism with Activist and Author Helen Zia
Visit the Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, Asian, and Pacific Islander (SAMEAPI) Heritage Month web page to view the full calendar of events.
Asian American Support Resources—includes a running timeline of attacks and incidents; links to educational articles, reports, and ways to help specific families and organizations; community actions; and ways to volunteer and amplify messages
Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council—Stop AAPI Hate Youth Program
Stop AAPI Hate National Report (PDF)—A report covering the 3,795 incidents received by the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center from March 19, 2020, to February 28, 2021.
Mills students, faculty, and staff can report incidents of discrimination or harassment, or request support, through the Mills Incident Reporting Page. For Mills students, Counseling and Psychological Services (students in the Bay Area) and Mills Remote Healthcare (students outside of the Bay Area) are available to support you. For our staff and faculty, the Employee Assistance Program is available to help you.
Supporting the AAPI community through education, outreach, and action is something that each of us can do. I hope you'll join me in both learning more and affirming your own commitment to standing with the AAPI members of Mills community, and the College itself, by refusing to overlook or condone anti-AAPI violence and hate. I'm grateful to everyone here who is already working to overcome obstacles to building an antiracist culture at Mills and beyond.
Elizabeth L. Hillman
President, Mills College