March 23, 2021
Support + Resources for Colleagues & Students of Asian Descent
Dear SMC Community:
This is an important follow-up to my remarks during the Flex Day event last Thursday,
March 18, during which I acknowledged the devastating March 16 shooting in Atlanta
that resulted in the deaths of eight individuals, six of them of Asian descent. This
was the latest horrific example in a year that has seen violent incidents motivated
by hate and racism against those of Asians and Asian-Americans skyrocket. To reiterate
my message from March 3, 2021, Santa Monica College condemns these inexcusable acts of racism and discrimination
against those of Asian descent, and we reaffirm our commitment to creating an equitable,
inclusive environment where hate has no room.
Today, I write again to share with our colleagues and students of Asian descent: you are not alone in this. We feel your pain and grief. We are here to support you, to listen, to collectively find ways to dismantle and move past the xenophobia that causes such trauma. I have prepared an item for the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees agenda for their April 6 meeting that specifically acknowledges the harm that structural, systemic racism has caused our Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander students and colleagues, and to reaffirm at the highest institutional level the fact that Santa Monica College would not be the diverse, excellent college that it is without their presence, contribution, and the rich cultural legacy and histories they bring to the table.
Please read on for details on a virtual event to be held tomorrow, March 24, and a list of relevant resources. Thank you to the many allies—including the Pan African Faculty & Staff Alliance and the Latinx Staff & Faculty Collective—who have joined the SMC Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Alliance, rallying in solidarity. For ways that you can take an active stand against racism and discrimination, please see my March 3 message.
March 24 *Tomorrow*: Reflection & Healing Space hosted by The SMC Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Alliance (APIDAA)
Please consider participating in this event, and help spread the word:
APIDAA Reflection and Healing Space
Wednesday, March 24, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
APIDAA Reflection and Healing Space Zoom Meeting
The SMC Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Alliance (APIDAA) is holding space to reflect together on the recent violence and hate against APIDA communities.
- All students, staff, and faculty are welcome.
- Support APIDA communities. Stop anti-Asian hate.
- Counseling and psychological services will be present. SMC Center for Wellness and
Wellbeing's therapists Allison Brown and Danilo Donoso.
Mental Health Resources for Students & Employees
- SMC Students: Remember you can contact the Center for Wellness & Wellbeing for confidential support: Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SMC Employees: Contact EASE at 800-882-1341
Other Relevant Community Resources
- Los Angeles Department of Mental Health 24/7 Helpline: 800-854-7771
- Los Angeles Department of Mental Health Anti-Racism Resource Page
- Los Angeles Department of Mental Health Underserved Cultural Communities (UsCC) API subcommittee
- Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Center
- Pacific Asian Counseling Services
- Asian Mental Health Collective
- Yellow Chair Collective
- National AAPI Mental Health Assoc Resources
- Asian LifeNet Hotline 24/7: 877-990-8585
- Suicide Prevention Hotline 24/7: 800-273-8255
- Crisis Text Line: text COURAGE to 741741
At Santa Monica College, we stand against hate, racism, violence, and discrimination in all its insidious forms. We are with you to help navigate the pain and torment caused by racism.
Kathryn E. Jeffery, Ph.D.