Monday, September 26, 2005

CALL-TO-ACTION: GIVE YOUR TESTIMONY AS ASIAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICAN STUDENTS

CALL-TO-ACTION: GIVE YOUR TESTIMONY AS ASIAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICAN STUDENTS:
A documentation of racially targeting incidents at the University of Michigan The recent incident involving racially targeted intimidation of two Asian students at the University of Michigan has prompted an outcry from the Asian/Pacific Islander American (APIA) community. But this is not an isolated incident – it is a larger issue related to the our own campus climate, where students feel they are allowed to engage in such acts in the first place. In the last few days, many members of the APIA community have come forth with testimonials of their own experiences of being targeted because of their race or ethnicity. In order to address the missing student services and academic resources we need to address the marginalizing climate for APIAS at UMich, we must document these experiences. Without this, administration will continue to view these acts as singular and isolated incidents.


If you have your own experience of being marginalized because of your race, ethnicity, and/or nationality, please take the time to share this. All stories will remain anonymous unless you say otherwise. These stories will be uploaded onto a website (address TBD). It is the purpose of this website to document these incidents in order to create a database of testimonies that shows the issue of hate speech, racial/ethnic intimidation and hate incidents are a
systemic problem at the University of Michigan. This information is a step
forward for those who want to better understand and advocate for campus climate issues for Asian American students and other students of color at the University of Michigan.

Please send all testimonies to: document_umich@yahoo.com

In your testimony, please provide the following information:

1) Name (optional)
2) Graduate or Undergraduate. Include your year (or incoming year for
graduates)
3) Race/Ethnicity,
4) What is your experience of being marginalized at UMich? Either generally speaking or if possible, please provide a specific occurence you remember
5) What was your response, if at all?
6) What resources do you feel UMich administration must fund in order to improve a safe residential, academic, and overall campus climate for APIA students?

* Additional funding to provide adequate student services for APIA programming at UMICH
* Additional funding for APIA Studies at UMICH
* Additional funding for alumni/student to build relations for APIA students and alumni


Thank you for your time and efforts.
If you have specific questions or concerns, please also direct them to document_umich@yahoo.com

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