Resolution in Support of AAPI Community and Related Curriculum
RESOLVED: That the Sonoma State University Academic Senate stands with members of the Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander communities and unequivocally condemns all forms of anti-Asian and anti-Pacific Islander rhetoric, harassment, violence, and microaggressions. Be it further
RESOLVED: That Individually and collectively as a university community we direct our energies to stopping AAPI hate, rhetoric, harassment, violence, and microaggressions through our teaching and curriculum, and furthermore pledge to use our voices and positions to increase understanding and reduce xenophobia on our campus and in the community. Be it further
RESOLVED: That in response to the aforementioned increase in anti-Asian and anti-Pacific Islander rhetoric, harassment, violence, and microaggressions, and in response to the intent of legislation and CSU policy stemming from AB 1460, that Sonoma State University direct resources and support toward the development and delivery of academic coursework in Asian American Studies.
Rationale: The Sonoma State University Senate, according to its own constitution, serves as the primary consultative body in the University in formulating, evaluating and recommending to the president policies concerning curriculum and instruction, and additionally serves as the primary body through which members of the faculty may express opinions on matters affecting the welfare of the University. Harassment and violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) persons, families and communities have increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and this nation’s history of white supremacy, misogyny, systemic racism and colonialism undergird the environment of hate, intolerance, and violence against Asian Americans. The increase in hate crimes against Asians is a direct result of white supremacist, anti-Asian xenophobia that has persisted in North America for centuries to keep Asian Americans as “perpetual foreigners.”