In this CUS Broadcast issue, we would like to address the ongoing events of anti-Asian hate crimes and inequality experienced by the Asian community around the world and within UBC. As some of you may have heard on recent news, there were multiple shootings in Atlanta targeting Asians. This event brought light to the ongoing crisis of racism and hate crimes, which have worsened over the past five years.
The CUS would like to make clear that we have zero tolerance towards any act of racism and hate. At the Commerce Undergraduate Society, our vision is to create an inclusive and strong community where every student feels respected and valued. Any form of racism and inequality has no place in CUS services, conferences, and affiliated clubs. The community at our school is built and influenced by the people within it. We all have a role to play in this fight and we encourage all students to find ways to educate themselves and support their peers.
The increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in recent years is alarming and as proactive students, we all have the responsibility to take initiative. Taken from CTV News, here are five ways to help if you witness hate, according to the organization:
- Take action: Approach the targeted person, introduce yourself and offer support.
- Actively listen: Ask before taking any actions and respect the other person’s wishes. Monitor the situation if needed.
- Ignore the attacker: IUsing your discretion, Stop AAPI Hate says to attempt to calm the situation by using your voice, body language or distractions.
- Accompany: If the situation escalates, invite the targeted person to join you in leaving the area.
- Offer emotional support: Help the other person by asking how they’re feeling and assist them in figuring out what they want to do next.
In the coming weeks, the CUS will continue to work with our Undergraduate Office, students, and external stakeholders to:
- Better understand the needs of our community
- Advocate for a culture that embraces inclusion and diversity
- And educate all outgoing and incoming CUS student leaders through a workshop led by Cicely Blain Consulting, an external firm specializing in education and consulting on topics of justice and equity
If you are in current need of support, please see the resources here:
- 𝗨𝗕𝗖 𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲: https://students.ubc.
- 𝗘𝗺𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗠𝗲: 1-844-741-6389
- More Wellness and Safety Resources can be found on the CUS Website
Thank you for reading this issue of the CUS Broadcast. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Vice President of External Affairs, Eric Wu at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our Online Suggestion Box.