Petition of Asian And Asian American students to the CMU GSA executive committee

Petition of Asian And Asian American students to the CMU GSA executive committee

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PETITION OF ASIAN AND ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENTS TO THE CMU GSA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Whereas, more than fifty percent of the graduate student population of Carnegie Mellon University is comprised of students from Asia or Asian Americans;

Whereas, many of these students are concerned for their safety given the rise during the pandemic of acts of violence and harassment directed at the Asian community;

Whereas, on or about March 8, 2021, the Executive Committee of the Graduate Student Assembly published online and disseminated to all graduate students a Statement on Rising Anti-Asian Hate Crimes & Resources;

Whereas, the Statement included the following language: “While we as a campus community address these concerns and work to make a welcoming campus for all our students, it is important to also remember that the Asian community isn’t one of homogeneity. Various events—often traumatic—are happening in different Asian countries, including: the ongoing genocide of Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, the crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, and the farmers’ protests in India, among many others. We must remember that these may add to the stress our peers are feeling during this time.

Whereas, despite the presence on the Executive Committee of a Vice-President of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the foregoing statement was published and disseminated; 

Whereas, Asian students and Asian Americans are underrepresented on the Executive Committee of the Graduate Student Assembly; 

Now, therefore, the undersigned Asian and Asian American graduate students of Carnegie Mellon University, hereby petition the Executive Committee to take the following actions:

1. Acknowledge the harm that has been caused by this inappropriate and insensitive language which permits the inference that the violent and racist acts against Asians in the United States are justified because of unrelated alleged acts and circumstances occurring in Asia.

2. Retract this objectionable language and apologize for its inclusion and the hurt that it has caused members of the Carnegie Mellon community.

3. Revisit the process in place to prevent such a statement from being published and disseminated with insufficient review to avert the aforementioned harm that has occurred and undermined efforts to achieve equity, diversity and inclusion.

4. Expand outreach to all graduate students to encourage more diverse and inclusive participation that will ensure better representation of international voices in Executive Committee decision making and communications.

WE THE UNDERSIGNED JOIN IN THE FOREGOING PETITION:

If you are one of the CMU community, please leave your @*cmu.edu email when signing the petition. Thanks!

Appendix: CMU GSA's Statement on Rising Anti-Asian Hate Crimes & Resources

 

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