Carnegie Mellon University

Equity, Inclusion & Mental Health

Standing Against Anti-Asian Discrimination

CaPS stands in solidarity, support, and advocacy for students, faculty, and staff of the Asian Diaspora as we see a continued rise in hate and violence directed toward this community. We acknowledge that the lived experiences of Asians and Asian Americans, despite their being the target of discrimination and violence, have largely been overlooked or silenced because of the model minority myth that Asians are white adjacent. This perception discounts the impact of systemic racism, discrimination, and trauma in the Asian/Asian American experience. CaPS sees the mental, emotional and psychological toll this has on the community’s overall well-being and on our students in particular. We recognize the threat that racial discrimination poses on an individual’s identity and sense of control as well as it’s ability to foster hopelessnes and fear. We encourage all community members from the Asian Diaspora to attend to their individual and collective mental health during this time of fear, uncertainty, anger, and grief. To our students especially, please know that CaPS is here for you. For additional resources and/or information, please check out the following links:

Stop AAPI Hate Reporting

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Tracking Hate Stories

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Hate Crimes Task Force and Pro Bono Legal Resources

Asian American Mental Health Collective directory of APISAA therapists

Free bystander intervention training to stop anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment

Black Lives Matter

Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) writes today as our community once again finds itself in the aftermath of continued crimes of injustice. We are overcome with pain, grief, and anger as we bear witness to the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, as well as the racialized violence and brutality against communities of color. Our mourning is intensified by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has further exposed the long and atrocious history of racism in our country and the ongoing dehumanization of communities of color, in particular Black Americans.

While witnessing these tragedies can be emotionally, spiritually and psychologically taxing for all, we are aware that they may be especially detrimental to members of the Black community. All too often, marginalized communities are conditioned to view physical and mental health symptoms as personal/individual rather than collective, as a sign of something being wrong with them rather than as a healthy response to immersion in a toxic environment, as something that needs “treatment” rather than something that needs justice. CaPS recognizes the heavy impact of these events on our students, staff, and faculty of color.

Furthermore, we acknowledge, as mental health providers, the impact racism, discrimination and systemic oppression has on the mental and emotional health of communities of color. In our everyday work, we see the additional pressures our Black students and other racial minorities carry every day and have to overcome. We see you, and we stand with you in solidarity in this time of great heartache. We are here to help you bear the weight of these tragedies as you mourn these appalling losses and provide comfort to those around you. To our students especially, CaPS is here to support you.

CaPS is aware that statements of support, like this one, are not enough. We are clear that we want to be part of progress and solidarity, not inaction. We are committed to providing care to all students who have been directly or indirectly impacted by discrimination, racism, inequality, and injustice. We are also committed to supporting and facilitating these conversations within our Tartan community, recognizing that they are a vital part of fostering awareness and promote safety. We join President Farnam in the call for the Tartan Community to come together, with humility, compassion and empathy, to support one another, including those who are feeling especially vulnerable now.

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