ELAC Shows Solidarity with AAPI CommunityPosted: Mar/26/2021 10:01 AM
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March 26, 2021
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MONTEREY PARK, CA – East Los Angeles College (ELAC) has shown their support for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community after the horrific attack in the state of Georgia. ELAC President, Dr. Alberto Roman, ELAC’s Associated Student Union (ASU), and ELAC’s Academic Senate all condemned the attacks and took actions to foster inclusiveness on campus and in the community.
On March 19th President Roman issued a memo to the campus in which he called for the campus to not be silent to racism.
“It is moments like this that we as a community should enhance our compassion for others who are being targeted and attacked. Now more than ever, we must stand up and use our voices to condemn and call out racism of any form. As you know, Social Justice is a pillar of ELAC, so I have no doubt that our college community will speak up and remain vigilant towards all injustices. To our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) staff and students within our ELAC community, we offer our sincerest condolences and our commitment to stand alongside you,” stated Dr. Roman.
ELAC’s Associated Student Union hosted a virtual solidarity rally today to show their support for AAPI students. The rally titled, “Huskies Spread the Love to Stop the Hate,” was attended by students, faculty and staff of ELAC. The Associated Student Union president, Yuxuan Bai, read a support and solidarity statement on behalf of ASU.
“In the wake of the uprise in hate crimes against the Asian American and AAPI communities throughout the United States and abroad. ELAC Associated Student Union decries all acts of hate and violence and stands in support and solidarity for our Asian sisters, brothers and non-binary people.
Acts such as physical violence, hatred, microaggressions, discrimination and xenophobia have no place anywhere. ELAC Associated Students is committed to guaranteeing a safe space where all students can freely participate in dialogue and ensure equity to all.
For seventy-five years, ELAC’s student government has stood by its students and continues in its support of academic and personal excellence. Know that you are not alone. We are here for you and condemn all forms of injustice,” stated Bai.
On March 23rd, the ELAC Academic Senate also unanimously passed a resolution that calls to condemn anti-AAPI Violence. The resolution not only denounces all xenophobia, hateful rhetoric, discrimination, and acts of violence against APIs during the pandemic as well as in the future but also encourages faculty to continue anti-racism education and work. The resolution also shared the alarming statistics that 31% of AAPI individuals in the United States report having been subject to discrimination since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a June 2020 Pew Research Center report.
ELAC is in its 75th year as an academic institution and continues to serve the Los Angeles area with education needs. This academic year is a celebration of our past and an excitement for our future. To learn more about some of the key alumni in our 75 years of history please click here.