A list of diversity resources available to the members of our community
April 6, 2021
At its heart, respect for diversity in our workplace is respect for humanity. While we strive to find ways to incorporate anti-racism in our daily lives, we are constantly reminded of the presence of racism in our society, most recently through the rise of anti-AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) violence in our country. From the horrific fatal shootings in Atlanta to the unthinkable violent attacks against elders in our own Bay Area, we are saddened and sickened by these displays of hate.
We have been deeply affected by the stories we have heard. The pain of the recent attacks runs deep, directly impacting members of our department and instilling fear in the broader AAPI community.
Unfortunately, anti-AAPI racism is not new, and these attacks remind communities of past traumas and a lifetime of being targeted because of who they are. Our country has long tolerated anti-Asian biases, which have been exacerbated recently by the irresponsible rhetoric of some people in positions of power, as documented by a 2000% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in the last year alone.
We both know this pain. On the national stage, we have also witnessed the dehumanizing mistreatment, beating, and killing of people who look like us. We stand with our colleagues in these painful moments, hoping that we can all move together toward a state where common respect for the humanity in each of us helps us see the “other” as “us.” The pandemic has revealed many painful realities but underscoring it all is our deep interconnectedness. To our AAPI colleagues: we see you, we hear you, and we support you.
We thank our colleagues who have spoken up and shared their stories: Joy Wu, Joseph Wu, Sean Wu, Linda Nguyen, Stephanie Harman and many others, and hope you all have an opportunity to join our department in a Grand Rounds on April 14, 2021 to hear Michael Lu, MD, MS, MPH Dean of UC Berkeley School of Public Health speaking on taking a stand against Anti-Asian Racism. Below is an excerpt of a statement that Joy Wu, Joseph Wu, Sean Wu have already shared with the cardiovascular institute:
“As we became a part of the medical and research profession, the sense of alienation was reinforced by being told constantly by our patients, our professors, our classmates, our colleagues: “You all look alike,” “you are too quiet,” “your English is pretty good,” - reminders that we never fully belong. These near-universal experiences of racism by us and our AAPI peers growing up in the US have unfortunately remained for far longer than they should.
For all of AAPI students, staff, faculty, we want you to know that we are here for you and to support you during this most difficulty time. We understand your fears and your frustrations and want you to know that you have allies here at Stanford who will help you with what you need. For our non-Asian colleagues who are willing to take a stand against anti-Asian hate and violence, we ask that you reach out to your friends in the AAPI community and let them know that you are thinking about them and are willing to help with their needs, contact your government officials and ask them what they are doing to support the AAPI community right now, and to call out racism and stop it anytime you see it happening to make it known that anti-Asian racism is not tolerated by anyone, whether or not s/he is a member of the AAPI community.”
Please be on the lookout for a fireside chat to further discuss the events in the AAPI community.
And as always, a list of resources:
Report a hate crime
On-Campus: Acts of Intolerance
CAPS – Talk with a Psychologist
Well-Being @Stanford – Talk with a well-being coach
Bridge Peer Counseling – 24/7 peer support counseling and support on the phone
Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Education – Talk with staff members who are professionally trained in matters related to sexual violence, stalking, sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination, positive sexuality and health relationships.
Movement Hub: Created to amplify on-the-ground activism and organizing within the AAPI communities across the country
Stand with Asian Americans: A commitment from Asian American business leaders to donate $10M to combat Anti-Asian violence and racism
Wendy Caceres and Tamara Dunn
Associate Chairs – Diversity and Inclusion
Combatting Racism and Xenophobia
The American Society of Hematology Minority Recruitment Initiative
The American Society of Hematology (ASH) introduced the ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities in hematology-related fields. Award programs and funding are available to support underrepresented minorities throughout their medical education and careers. Learn more and apply
The American Society of Hematology Graduate Award Program
This award offers PhD students exposure to hematology by providing support to conduct hematology-related research. Award benefits include $80,000 to support two years of research, the opportunity to present research findings at ASH meetings, and complimentary ASH membership. Applications due January 15. Learn more and apply
Publications, Trainings, and Courses
Stanford Martin Luther King Jr Research and Education Institute
New England Journal of Medicine: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion That Matter
Annals of Internal Medicine: Life After May 25
New England Journal of Medicine: Black Lives Matter: Six actions for health care systems to undo structural racism
Stanford University Resources
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available for students 24/7 at (650) 723-3785 and https://vaden.stanford.edu/get-help-now. Students who are off-campus and traveling can still contact CAPS as a resource.
The Bridge Peer Counseling Center offers counseling by trained students and can be reached at (650) 723-3392.
The Graduate Life Office is available 24/7 at (650) 723-7288. Please provide pager ID number 25085 to the operator. GLO can be reached during office hours at (650) 736-7078.
Residence Deans (RDs) are available to help undergraduates. An on-call RD is available 24/7 at (650) 504-8022.
The Office for Religious Life offers pastoral care and spiritual guidance and can be reached at (650) 723-1762.
The Faculty Staff Help Center offers confidential assistance for faculty and staff. More information is available at https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/faculty-staff-help-center.
The Department of Public Safety can be reached at 911 in an emergency or 9-911 from a university phone, and at (650) 329-2413 in a non-emergency.
Reporting an Act of Intolerance can be done at https://deanofstudents.stanford.edu/acts-intolerance-protocol/reporting-procedure.