The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences supports Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) people and communities. We condemn recent acts of violence toward Asians. The tragedy in Atlanta is a horrific example of a growing trend of overt violence, and part of a much longer history in the United States of AAPI discrimination that is often underreported, unacknowledged, or ignored. AESS stands in solidarity with community leaders, students, and educators who are actively engaged in anti-racist action and serving the needs of the most vulnerable members of the AAPI community.
We grieve for the victims Daoyou Feng, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Xiaojie Tan, Delaina Ashley Yaun, and Yong Yue, and their families.
Our AESS community is committed to elevating the voices of those who are members of marginalized and minoritized groups in Environmental Studies and Sciences. An important step toward achieving that goal is for those who hold the power associated with privileged, historically dominant identities in the United States to become educated to promote the greater good. Here are some resources for that work.
Academia can be a common setting for bullying related to identity. We encourage our members to learn about cognitive bias, how to interrupt bias and how to intervene when they witness bias and discrimination.
Effecting Personal and Organizational Change
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice Bystander Intervention Training
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Anti Racist Toolkit
- Stop Asian Hate NYC Tool Kit
- The Privilege Institute
- Take the 21-Day Racial Equality Habit Building Challenge
- World Trust
- The National SEED project
- Growth and Equity Leadership Institute
- Re-Imagine Education
- Critical Practices for Anti-Bias Education by Teaching Tolerance, a project from the Southern Poverty Law Center