Dear International Gauchos,
The message below contains heartfelt words of support from OISS regarding recent events. However, we would like to warn you in advance that the subject matter is deeply upsetting, especially for those who are a part of the Asian community.
[The Asian community includes anyone who identifies with being of Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi descent, whether it be ethnic or multi-ethnic, cultural or multi-cultural, domestic or international, etc.]
Please note that this message intends to provide you with a space to acknowledge feelings, as well as to provide support resources.
However, if you feel that you are unable to read this message right now, please know that your feelings are valid. Just know that OISS is here for you, and that you are invited to reach out to your advisors for suppport, comfort, and resources if you feel called to do so.
With love and care,
The OISS Staff
This Tuesday, a horrific shooting took place in Atlanta, GA. The targeted victims were mostly women of Asian decent.
To us, it seams clear that this shooting was based in racism, sexism, mysogynism. It should never have happened. However, it did happen, and was the most recent in an increasing number of hate crimes targeting members of the Asian community across the U.S.
The UC Santa Barbara community is shocked, saddened, and outraged that these hate crimes have occurred. They do not represent our values or attitudes in any way, shape, or form.
UCSB prides itself in its rich diversity. We have students, staff, scholars, and faculty who join us from all corners of the globe.
We stand in solidarity with our Asian community members, and denounce these crimes and any associated hateful rehtoric. We will not tolerate any acts of bias, racism, xenophobia, or bigotry in our campus community.
No matter your identity or background, you are welcome here. You are wanted here.
As a reminder, there are support services available to you, even while we are remote. Your OISS advisors are available to you, as are wellbeing services such as Counseling & Psychological Services and Health & Wellness (click on the link to find out how to request support!) Finally, if you have experienced or witnessed an incident of hate or bias, you are invited to report it through the UC Bias Incident Reporting Form.
Below you will find a video message of support from campus leaders. It was sent out to all students yesterday, along with a great list of campus resources, so please be sure to check it out.
Please stay safe, healthy, and support one another.
Wishing you health and safety,
Your OISS Family