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Folsom Lake College's Message of Solidarity & Action in Support of our AAPI Community

March 24, 2021

Recent events have sadly once again highlighted the pervasiveness of racism and xenophobia in California and nationwide. Americans of Asian or Pacific Islander (AAPI) ancestry share a tragic history of discrimination and violence with our Black, Indigenous, and other people of color allies. The recent murders in Atlanta are a heartbreaking reminder.

Hate crimes and anti-Asian racism are not new, but have increased over the last year following racist rhetoric regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. California State University San Bernardino’s analysis of hate crimes in America’s 16 largest cities reveals an increase against Asians by nearly 150% in 2020.

On Tuesday, the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center released a report stating that 3,795 hate incidents were reported to the Center from March 19, 2020 to February 28, 2021, with the organization acknowledging that this number represents “only a fraction of the number of hate incidents that actually occur, but it does show how vulnerable Asian Americans are to discrimination, and the types of discrimination they face.” The most-reported types of discrimination included:

  • Verbal harassment/name calling - 68.1%
  • Shunning (i.e., the deliberate avoidance of Asian Americans) - 20.5%
  • Physical assault - 11.1%

Nationally, Asian American women reported experiencing hate incidents 2.3 times more than men. It should be noted that those killed by the Atlanta gunman were predominantly AAPI women who worked in the service industry. The intersectionality in stereotypes and dehumanization of Asian women who were the targets of these heinous murders must be acknowledged if we are to evolve as an enlightened society and to heal wounds that have been continually reopened.

We stand in solidarity with our AAPI community, and call to end the hate that produces violence, division, and destruction.

In response to this tragedy, Folsom Lake College has mobilized to engage the college community, including the AAPI members of the President’s Advisory Group on Racial Equity and Justice, and will continue to provide a safe space for students and employees to express their grief and anger, share resources, and provide educational opportunities to promote awareness and action.

If you are in need of support yourself, or if you would like to show solidarity with the members of our AAPI community, please consider these upcoming activities and resources listed below.

In solidarity,

Whitney Yamamura, Ed.D., President
Augustine Chavez, Vice President of Administration
Sonia Ortiz-Mercado, Vice President of Student Services
Monica Pactol, Ph.D., Vice President of Instruction

Upcoming Events

FLC AAPI Student Support Forum

Thursday, March 25, 12:30 to 1:30 pm

A safe space for Folsom Lake College's Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students to share their feelings and concerns. Although focused on our AAPI students, this supportive environment is open to all members of the college community.

FLC AAPI Employee and Ally Forum

Thursday, March 25, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

A safe space for Folsom Lake College's Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) faculty, staff, and managers to share their feelings and concerns. Although focused on our AAPI employees, this supportive environment is open to all members of the college community.

Los Rios API Support Sessions

Every Friday, 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Learn, support, encourage, and share resources in community, in this time of increased anti-Asian violence. This is a district-wide support group for students who are experiencing stress during this time of anti-Asian violence.

"Silence is Violence: Unpacking and Addressing Anti-AAPI Violence”

Saturday, March 27, 1:00pm

The Coalition of African American Male Education Network and Development (A2MEND), Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE), and California Community College Organización de Latinx Empowerment Guidance & Advocacy for Success (COLEGAS) presents this free webinar.

Additional Resources and Services

Our counselors provide academic, career, transfer, and personal counseling to FLC students.

Equity Center
We are multi-issue, intersectional, and want students to be able to bring their full selves into our space.

TimelyCare: Telehealth for Students
TimelyCare telehealth services provide 24/7 medical and mental telehealth care for all students as part of our Health Services program. This service is funded by the Health Services Fee.

Mental Health Support
Our academic counselors, campus therapists, online therapists, mental health tools, and community resources are here for you.

Equity and Diversity
At Folsom Lake College, we value equity and diversity. No person shall be unlawfully discriminated against, harassed, or excluded from any benefits, activities, or programs.

Los Rios Community College District Employee Assistance Program and Resources