The University of Kentucky College of Education stands with those who have been targeted by racist, xenophobic actions directed towards Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities across the nation. As our UK College of Education community processes the ongoing violence, bigotry, and discrimination perpetrated on those of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander heritage, we experience a collective pain and outrage.
As we witness these injustices, we also reaffirm our commitment to use our teaching, research, and service to create a more hopeful tomorrow. Across all programs in our college, we continue to promote and demand an environment where all faculty, staff, and students regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability feel safe and supported.
Our commitment to racial justice led to the creation of the UK College of Education’s Education and Civil Rights Initiative in collaboration with the NAACP. This initiative addresses race-based discrimination as well as lifts up the voices and stories of students who are marginalized in the education sector based on ability, gender, ethnicity, age, class, religion, sexuality, and other factors.
To the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities who are either experiencing or living with the specter of the onslaught of racist, nativist, xenophobic attacks, and rhetoric: We see you. We hear you. We support you. You belong here.
For additional information and resources, please see https://www.uky.edu/president/sites/www.uky.edu.president/files/3-18-2021.pdf and https://stopaapihate.org.
A special thank you to our faculty and staff who contributed to this statement of support.