News Story

March 20, 2021

Standing Together Against Racism and Violence


We are angered and saddened by the pattern of anti-Asian racism and violence impacting our communities. While the recent shootings in Atlanta have drawn particular attention, the problem is widespread. Across 16 major US cities, anti-Asian hate crimes increased nearly 150% in 2020, even while overall hate crimes dropped in America. Combined with daily personal accounts of discrimination and aggression in the news, many Asian-Americans are in a real state of fear -- for themselves, their families and their communities.

Watson’s first value is accountability to others. We are against discrimination of any kind. To our Asian community Watson Fellows: we stand with you, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that your fellowship experience is safe, affirming, and empowering.

We all have a role to play -- by reaching out to friends and neighbors to understand their experiences; speaking with peers about ways to address anti-Asian racism; and learning about the history of anti-Asian racism through books, articles, and resources that challenge bias, and promote understanding, advocacy, leadership and self-care. We have provided resources below.

Asian American & Pacific Islander Mental Health Resources

How to support the AAPI community in a time of hate and violence: A Resource List

Addressing Anti-Asian Bias

Anti-Asian Violence Resources

Reporting AAPI Hate

With solidarity, respect and commitment to all of our communities.

Sincerely, Chris

Chris Kasabach

Executive Director, Watson

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