Responding to the Half Moon Bay Shooting

Our hearts are heavy with yet another act of gun violence amidst the Asian community in Half Moon Bay, California. Just days after the tragedy in Monterey Park (and within the same week as gun violence incidents in Fort Pierce, Baton Rouge, Des Moines, and other places), we mourn the loss of the victims, including Chinese migrant farmworkers, in Half Moon Bay.

During this difficult time of grieving, we center the victims’ families and the Half Moon Bay community. We are committed to supporting our communities in finding healing, peace, and comfort.

In this moment of tragedy, please refer to our Resources for Healing and Support.

Responding to the Monterey Park Shooting

Act To Change is devastated by the horrific violence in Monterey Park, California, a majority Asian American ethnoburb and major center for the Chinese American community. That such violence occurred during the Lunar New Year holidays in what should be a time of joy for our communities adds to the pain of this tragic incident. We mourn for the victims and grieve with their families who should be centered during this difficult time. As an organization committed to embracing and celebrating our diverse AAPI youth and communities, we condemn violence in all forms.

In this moment of tragedy, you can reach out to Asian Americans Advancing Justice SoCal for safe confidential help in Asian languages:

ENGLISH: 
888.349.9695
普通话/广东话:
800.520.2356
한국어:
800.867.3640
TAGALOG:
855.300.2552
हिन्दी:
855.971.2552
ภาษาไทย:
800.914.9583
TIẾNG VIỆT:
714.477.2958

Report any cases of hate, violence or discrimination:

STOP AAPI HATE: https://stopaapihate.org/reportincident/ 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: https://www.justice.gov/hatecrimes/get-help-now

Act To Change Welcomes Inaugural Executive Director

Act To Change is proud to welcome its first Executive Director, Andrew Murphy!

From a public awareness campaign launched out of President Obama’s White House in 2015 to a fully-volunteer run non-profit organization in 2018-2022, we are delighted to expand our team with a new Executive Director this year.

“I’m thrilled to join Act To Change as the organization reaches a new milestone on its mission to end bullying. As a Korean American adoptee who grew up in the South and faced considerable bullying, I know the struggles that AAPI youth face in their schools and communities.

Act To Change is unflinching in its commitment to uplift youth voices, raise awareness around bullying, and stop bullying before it happens.

Bullying disproportionately affects AAPI youth – but with awareness, knowledge and compassion, we can end bullying and celebrate our youth for their diversity and uniqueness,” said new Executive Director Andrew Murphy. 

Act To Change is excited to have Andrew at its helm to lead its anti-bullying initiatives, which include online and in-person workshops and events to raise awareness; collection of disaggregated data and usage of this data to influence policies; and creation of K-12 educational curriculum.

Act To Change will launch the third edition of its Youth Ambassador Program in February 2023. Over 40 youth in the past two cohorts received valuable mentorship and training to become ambassadors against bullying in their schools and communities. Applications for the third cohort are open until January 23, 2023. Applications are also open to join the program as a mentor.

Act To Change expands Advisory Council with Deborah Yeh

During National Bullying Prevention Month, Act To Change is pleased to announce the expansion of its Advisory Council with new member Deborah Yeh. 

 

After two years of a continuous spike of hate against people of Asian descent, Act To Change continues its anti-bullying work with its four-pronged approach of programming, policy, data, and curriculum. 

 

“We are so honored to have Deborah Yeh join Act To Change’s Advisory Council,” says chair Maulik Pancholy. “AAPI youth are often bullied for their appearances, and Deborah is committed to expanding the world the way the world sees beauty. We look forward to working together to continue our movement to ensure all Asian American and Pacific Islander youth feel safe and proud of who they are.”

 

Racism and bullying have also caused a serious strain on the mental health of AAPI youth. Anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts are common mental health issues among our youth. To provide support for AAPI students, caregivers, and educators during the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes and the concerning mental health crisis, Act To Change led the 4th Annual National 

AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate and launched the second cohort of the Youth Ambassador Program, empowering youth to become active advocates for justice and equity. 

 

To mark Bullying Prevention Month, Act To Change is partnering with Hate Is A Virus to host Changemakers Summit 2022 on October 29, 2022.

 

Deborah Yeh is the Chief Marketing Officer for Sephora Americas and Sephora’s Global Chief Purpose Officer. In her Americas role, Deborah is responsible for cultivating the brand experience at Sephora and ensuring it is differentiated and compelling across all marketing touchpoints — from communications and creative, to loyalty and personalization. In her Purpose role, Deborah is focused on driving Sephora’s global mission to expand the way the world sees beauty. Prior to Sephora, Deborah held various marketing and digital leadership roles at brands including Target and Old Navy.

 

Deborah has been recognized as one of the 25 most innovative CMOs in the world by Business Insider, Forbes CMO Next, Adweek 50, Campaign 50, The Influence 100 by PRovoke, and Women Worth Watching by Diversity Journal.  She is passionate about driving more inclusion in marketing and serves on several advisory boards aligned to this mission, including the ANA’s Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing as well as BRIDGE.

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Lisa Ling, Olympian Mirai Nagasu, Ambassador Katherine Tai, Congressional Leaders, Mayors to Mark National Asian American and Pacific Islander Day Against Bullying and Hate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 


May 19, 2022


Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Lisa Ling, Olympian Mirai Nagasu, Ambassador Katherine Tai, Congressional Leaders, Mayors to Mark National Asian American and Pacific Islander Day Against Bullying and Hate

 

With rise in anti-Asian hate, 35 cities and states, 120+ organizations, corporations, celebrities, and community leaders unite for national commemoration to honor legacy of Vincent Chin and promote action, healing, and solidarity

 

This Wednesday, May 18, 2022, marks the fourth annual Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) National Day Against Bullying and Hate, led by AAPI anti-bullying nonprofit Act To Change. AAPIs have long faced violence, hate, and bullying, and now the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked rising and unprecedented numbers of anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination. 

 

In recognition of the fourth annual National AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate, actor, author, and Act To Change co-founder Maulik Pancholy issued the following statement:

 

“Anti-Asian hate crimes, xenophobia, and racism continue to be reported at an unprecedented level, we must remain united and fight against all forms of bullying and hate. In addition to protecting and empowering our communities, we must also ensure we provide the platform and resources for healing.  Today, Act To Change urgently calls on all leaders and individuals across the country to stand with us on this annual National AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate, honor the legacy of Vincent Chin, and advocate for a world free of bullying and hate.

 

Act To Change remains committed to our mission against hate and bullying. Hate must have no place in our country. We are devastated by the violent mass shootings in Buffalo, Orange County, and other racially-motivated attacks in recent days. We decry these tragedies and stand in solidarity with the Black community and others against hate and extremism. Public officials must recognize the urgent need to respond with the resources and leadership to uplift our communities, address the drivers of racism and hate, and support young people in preventing prejudice from taking root.”

 

National AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate is observed during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and on May 18, the birthday of Vincent Chin, who was murdered in an anti-Asian hate crime in 1982. This year would have been his 67th birthday. 

 

A recently released report found that in 2021, the most populous cities across the country experienced a 44% rise in hate crimes, a trend that has continued since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

This year’s commemoration is titled “United We Heal,” with May also being Mental Health Awareness Month. Due to a lack of awareness, and linguistic and cultural barriers, the AAPI community has the lowest help-seeking rate of any racial group in the United States. 

 

Major companies are joining Act To Change to mark this day, including Sephora, Nickelodeon, Disney, Netflix, Paypal, Warner Music Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Meta, and ESPN.

 

This live virtual event will also precede an in-person community reception at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo.

 

The 35 participating cities and states in the National AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate include:

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Boston, MA
  • Burlington County, NJ
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chicago, IL
  • Detroit, MI
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Houston, TX
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • San Francisco, CA
  • State of Arizona
  • State of Maryland
  • Torrance, CA
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Whatcom County, WA

 

Participating celebrities and influencers in the May 18 virtual event   (3pm PT / 6pm ET) include:

  • The Honorable Miguel Cardona, United States Secretary of Education
  • The Honorable Amb. Katherine Tai, United States Trade Representative, White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI) Advisory Council Co-chair
  • Lisa Ling, journalist, television personality, and author
  • Poorna Jagannathan,  actor and producer
  • Jeremy Lin, NBA champion
  • Michelle Li, journalist, co-founder of the Very Asian Foundation
  • Mirai Nagasu, Olympic figure skater
  • Nik Dodani, actor, comedian, and writer
  • Ivy Kwong, LMFT, speaker, author, coach, and licensed psychotherapist
  • Vanita Gupta, Associate Attorney General
  • Congresswoman Judy Chu, CA-27, Chairwoman, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
  • Congresswoman Grace Meng, NY-06
  • Congressman Andy Kim, NJ-03
  • Congressman Ted Lieu, CA-33
  • Congressman Jimmy Gomez, CA-34
  • Congressman Mark Takano, CA41
  • Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, WA-07
  • Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland, WA-10
  • Congresswoman Young Kim, CA-39
  • Mayor Michelle Wu, City of Boston
  • Mayor Farrah Khan, City of Irvine

 

Fast Facts:

  • AAPIs have the lowest help-seeking rate of any racial/ethnic group, with only 23.3% of AAPI adults with a mental illness receiving treatment in 2019.
  • About 1 in 5 students report being bullied during the school year
  • 40% of AAPI LGBTQ youths have considered suicide in last year, report says 
  • Fifty percent of Asian American students report bias-based harassment
  • Two-thirds of Sikh American students report being bullied
  • Half of Muslim American students report being bullied due to their religion
  • 1 in 4 Asian American youth has experienced COVID-19-related bullying

 

If you are a company, organization, or individual interested in becoming a sponsor or partner for National AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate, visit acttochange.org/2022dayagainstbullying .   

 

To join the conversation on social media, use #DayAgainstBullying and #ActToChange. 

 

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Originally launched under President Obama’s White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Act To Change is a national nonprofit organization working to end bullying among AAPI youth. It envisions a world where all youth can grow up feeling proud of and supported in who they are. 

ACT TO CHANGE IS RALLYING THE NATION TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST BULLYING AND HATE IN A COMMUNITY RECEPTION ON VINCENT CHIN’S BIRTHDAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 25, 2022

LOS ANGELES – Act To Change, a national nonprofit organization working to address bullying, is rallying the nation around the 4th Annual National AAPI Day Against Bullying + Hate on May 18th, in recognition of Vincent Chin’s birthday, a victim of a fatal hate crime 40 years ago. 

Act To Change will bring together Asian and Pacific Islander American business leaders, activists, elected officials, and youth together at the Act To Change Community Reception at the historic Japanese American National Museum in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles. This Community Reception will take place on May 18th, 2022 from 6pm to 9pm.

Last year, Act To Change released their Asian American Bullying Report, in partnership with NextShark and Admerasia, to reveal new groundbreaking data on the bullying realities that Asian American youth are facing. This year, the work continues at the Community Reception, where individuals and organizations will be honored and recognized for their contributions and actions in working against bullying and hate. 

Bullying Facts:

  • About 1 in 5 students report being bullied during the school year
  • Fifty percent of Asian American students report bias-based harassment
  • Two-thirds of Sikh American students report being bullied
  • Half of Muslim American students report being bullied due to their religion
  • 1 in 4 Asian American youth has experienced COVID-19-related bullying

According to Stop AAPI Hate, from March 19, 2020 to December 31, 2021, a total of 10,905 hate incidents against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) persons were reported to Stop AAPI Hate. Of the hate incidents reflected in this report, 4,632 occurred in 2020 (42.5%) and 6,273 occurred in 2021 (57.5%).

While the statistics look grim, Act To Change also looks at the positive that has come out of the last year, and will use the Community Reception as an opportunity to meet and connect with others in celebration of not only the work as an anti-bullying organization for AAPI youth, but also the work of AAPI leaders and changemakers across the country. 

The following individuals and organizations will be awarded and honored at the Community Reception:

  • Sunny Vacher (Producer, Writer, and Mentor for Act to Change Youth Ambassador Program)
  • Mina Fedor (Youth Activist, Founder, and Act to Change Youth Ambassador)
  • Hate Is a Virus
  • The Asian American Foundation

For those interested in Act to Change’s program on May 18th, they can tune in at 3pm PT // 6pm ET to watch the virtual program or purchase tickets to attend the Community Reception at 6pm PT in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

On the One Year Anniversary of Atlanta Spa Shootings, We Call for Reflection and Action


On March 16, 2021, eight people, including six Asian women massage workers, were killed at three spas in the Metro Atlanta area. As we mark the one year anniversary of this tragedy, we honor the victims, the survivors, and their families. We place their healing, care, and peace at the heart of our remembrance. We are grateful to the local and national communities of care that blossomed over the past year and that have centered the families of victims and survivors.

We have centered those most directly impacted by connecting them to critical services, and raising funds for victims and their families. For our broader community, we continue to tend to the process of healing by finding inspiration in the traditions of our elders. We are also continuing to advocate for policies and solutions that address the root causes of violence and hate so that we may all live in safe communities.

We have held our community members close as we navigate loss, grief, and trauma not only in the wake of the Atlanta spa shootings but in experiencing continued violence, misogyny, and racism against Asian Americans in Georgia and beyond. Most recently the brutal murders of Michelle Alyssa Go and Christine Yuna Lee within weeks of each other in New York City have renewed the fears and anxieties of Asian and Asian American women and femmes who are subjected to both gender and race-based discrimination and violence. In Albuquerque, NM, two Asian massage workers were killed during robberies at Asian spas, heightening the fears felt by Asian American and immigrant small business owners.

These highly visible tragedies also call our attention to the everyday experiences that the most vulnerable members of our communities face in the cross-hairs of white supremacy, misogyny, and imperialism: the racial and sexual exploitations wrought by the presence of U.S. militarism in Asia and the Pacific; the resulting geopolitical upheavals that force migration; the daily terrors of a system that criminalizes immigrants, massage workers, and sex workers; housing and financial insecurity; and the ongoing abuses and dangerous conditions that migrant, low-wage, service workers face daily.

To heal we must grapple with these truths and address white supremacy and misogyny as the root causes of violence and hate. To do so requires us to hold uncomfortable dualities. It means acknowledging the pain and fear that motivates some victims and community members to call for carceral solutions such as increased police presence, hate crimes legislation, and other forms of punishment; while at the same time interrogating how these responses criminalize and cause harm in the name of public safety.

Grappling with the truth also means confronting anti-Blackness in our Asian American communities. We cannot allow the tragedy of the shootings in Atlanta to justify policies that expand law enforcement and its disproportionate impacts on Black communities. Rather, alongside our Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Arab, and Pacific Islander allies, we are inspired to reimagine what justice, healing, love, and hope can look like for our communities.

Over the past year, we witnessed messages and acts of community care, empowerment, and solidarity reverberating in streets, parks, and community centers as more people have come together, bound by grief, and committed to radical change.

Together, we commit to push beyond the oppressive boundaries of white supremacy and anti-Blackness and build sustaining communities of care. We can address the needs of victims of racialized and gender-based violence while also holding our elected leaders accountable for creating policies that center our communities. This includes investing in community-based organizations that are often on the frontlines of caring for victims, survivors, and vulnerable communities in the languages they use and with sensitivity to their cultures, livelihoods, and immigration statuses. Our elected leaders must provide long-standing investments and resources for the families of victims and survivors well after the immediate crisis has abated, access to victims’ compensation funds, fully fund violence prevention and restorative justice programs, and public infrastructure and institutions focused on public health and education.

Together, we can struggle in more powerful ways for community safety and healing, for racial and economic justice, for stable housing, for access to quality health care, including mental health and education and a liveable wage, for the right to vote, for the right to organize, and for art and beauty in our neighborhoods. On this anniversary, we remember the lives taken and the families who still struggle without their loved ones, and we recommit to expanding and deepening our community of care for all communities, beginning in Atlanta and spreading throughout the country and the world.

First Lady Jill Biden to Address Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Youth at Changemakers Summit 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

October 22, 2021

 

PRESS CONTACT:

Devon Cruz

devon@firesidecampaigns.com

 

RELEASE: First Lady Jill Biden to Address Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Youth at Changemakers Summit 2021

 

WASHINGTON DC—Today, Act To Change, Hate Is A Virus, and Stop AAPI Hate announced that Dr. Jill Biden, First Lady of the United States, will provide special remarks at their inaugural Changemakers Summit 2021 this Saturday, October 23 from 10am-3pm PST / 1-6pm EST. The Summit seeks to empower Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) youth, educators, and activists. Targeting 12-24 year old youth, the Summit will provide resources and guidance to help develop them into the next generation of leaders in the AANHPI community. 

 

On the Summit and efforts to end bullying and racism against the AANHPI community, Dr. Jill Biden said:

 

To the students, educators, and community leaders at this year’s Changemakers Summit. You represent the best of who we are as Americans. Through your courage and vision, you are preparing our nation’s next generation of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander leaders. It matters. 

 

Especially as we emerge from a pandemic that has been so difficult on our country and the AANHPI community in particular. In addition to the loss of life, we’ve experienced a rise in hate and xenophobia. Too many of you have experienced the taunts, the looks, the physical and emotional distress that comes everyday online, in our schools, and just walking the streets of America. 

 

Our President often says, ‘We must not be silent. We have to speak out. We have to act.’ We will act. We are committed to fighting hate crimes and bullying in all its forms. We stand united against racism. We stand united for justice and equality. And we stand united in the belief that every child deserves to grow up proud of who they are. And that’s why today’s summit is so important as you educate, empower, and celebrate all the young people who will be true changemakers for generations to come.” 

 

Other speakers for the event include actors, writers, filmmakers, and activists such as:

 

  • Helen Zia, author and activist
  • Maulik Pancholy, actor, author and co-founder of Act To Change
  • Amanda Nguyen, activist, founder of Rise
  • Versha Sharma, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue
  • May Lee, journalist, author, professor
  • Ashlyn So, fashion designer, youth activist
  • Kapulei Flores, photographer, activist
  • Ryan Alexander Holmes, actor, content creator & activist
  • Rachel Leyco, filmmaker, actress, and activist 
  • And more to be announced. 

 

The Summit and support of these activists come after a year of increased anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination, fueled by COVID-19 misinformation and scapegoating. By joining the Summit, our speakers are investing their social influence behind the fight to end racism, bullying, and discrimination against AANHPI communities.

 

Click here to learn more about the Changemakers Summit 2021. 

Bullying Prevention Month 2021: Protecting AAPI Youth from Hate

Act To Change, in partnership with Stop AAPI Hate, hosted Data Convos: 2021 AAPI Youth Experience with Bullying and Hate to highlight some findings from our research on how the pandemic and the ensuing xenophobia affected AAPI youth.

To mark Bullying Prevention Month 2021, we’re recapping this crucial discussion and sharing our recommendations for building a world with bullying.

Join our other Bullying Prevention Month initiatives: the Changemakers Summit on 10/23 and the Youth Ambassador Program for youth in NYC, Oakland and Chicago.

Act to Change 2021 Asian American Bullying Survey Report

The 2021 Asian American Bullying Survey Report is a product of a partnership between Act To Change, ADMERASIA, and NextShark in order to better understand how Asian American students are experiencing bullying, especially in light of the rise in AAPI hate crimes due to COVID-19. We had respondents from a wide range of ethnicities including Chinese, Asian Indian, Filipino, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese participate, with the majority of our respondents identifying as female and almost half of our respondents being in the 14 to 18 age range.

We know that bullying is rampant among the survey respondents – over 80% of Asian American respondents had experienced bullying – due to various factors from physical appearance, accent, cultural habits, financial status, and origin. Furthermore, cyberbullying surged in 2020. This is bullying that takes place digitally or through the phone, where many youth spend their time – 70% of respondents experienced or witnessed more cyberbullying last year.

Unfortunately, Asian Americans are less likely to report bullying to adults than non-Asian Americans – Non-Asians are about 1.5x more likely to tell an adult about bullying compared to Asian Americans.

And not only that, adults (such as caregivers, parents, educators) lack the skills, knowledge, and conviction to take action – about one-third of adults did not take action when a youth told them about a bullying incident.

Stop AAPI Hate Youth Campaign Report

In the summer of 2020, the Stop AAPI Hate Youth Campaign (“the Youth Campaign”) interviewed 990 AAPI young adults across the United States about their experiences and feelings related to racism during the COVID–19 pandemic. Findings included:

  • About 8 out of 10 AAPI youth (77%) express anger over the current anti–Asian hate in this nation, and 6 out of 10 (60%) also express disappointment over racism.
  • AAPI youth who experienced racism first hand were more likely to be concerned about their family (30%) and saddened (30%) than their peers who didn’t.
  • Harassment focused on blaming China and Chinese people as the source of the virus and on mocking Chinese dietary habits.
  • AAPI youth care deeply about anti–Asian hate because they believe any form of racism is wrong (34%) and that blaming one group for COVID–19 is incorrect (30%).

Findings and Steps Toward Change

Based on the findings from our reports, the data suggests that bullying and racism directed at Asian American youth are normalized in our society. This normalization imposes a vicious impact on the development of self-confidence and mental health for Asian American youth by weakening their willingness to report the case or seek help from adults and educators.

It’s also important to implement Ethnic Studies throughout secondary school curricula so that secondary school students learn about histories of different U.S. communities, the roots and impacts of racism, and movements that have sought racial justice. Furthermore, providing anti–bullying training for teachers and administrators that would include practices of social–emotional learning along with training students and adults in restorative justice practices can begin to replace zero–tolerance approaches that have proven ineffective. For victims of online harassment, provide accessible and anonymous reporting sites (similar to that of Stop AAPI Hate) on social media platforms. We should also strive to support AAPI student affinity groups and their school safety and anti–racism campaigns.

Meanwhile, many parents of Asian American youth and school educators are not necessarily equipped with the knowledge needed to address the bullying cases or provide improvement solutions. It is time to address the issue through collective efforts from different entities in society. We call for help from corporate brands, policymakers and community organizations that have the right resources. Through awareness, resources, programs, data collection and disaggregation, we can help put an end to bullying and racism.

TV Personality Tan France and Act To Change Launch Second Anti-Bullying Workshop Series and Virtual School Visits

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July 29, 2021

 

PRESS CONTACT:

Devon Cruz

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PRESS RELEASE: TV Personality Tan France and Act To Change Launch Second Anti-Bullying Workshop Series and Virtual School Visits

80% of Asian American students experience bullying, and ongoing education series with Tan France aims to combat that

 

WASHINGTON — Act To Change, a national nonprofit organization working to end bullying among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) youth, is hosting its second series of Homeroom with Tan France, anti-bullying workshops and virtual school visits with TV personality Tan France that began last December. After the COVID-19 pandemic led to a sharp spike in cases of bullying and racism against the AAPI community, Act To Change created this initiative to increase awareness of bullying prevention and teach kids to become active anti-bullying advocates in their schools.

 

Since March 2020, Stop AAPI Hate has had more than 6,600 incident reports, and we know this is an undercount. Misinformation around the spread of the COVID-19 virus, inflammatory racist rhetoric and exacerbated bullying experienced by AAPI youth both this year and last year led to increased incidents across the country. Act To Change’s 2021 Asian American Bullying Survey found that 80% of Asian American students experience bullying. Following the success of the first series where 94% of student participants felt proud of their identities after joining Homeroom with Tan France, Act To Change will be holding a second series of workshops on July 30, 2021 to continue the conversation to help address and prevent the bullying AAPI youth face.  

 

As a member of Act To Change’s advisory council, Tan France proposed the idea of Homeroom with Act To Change to visit schools to speak with students directly about bullying. France joined the Act To Change Advisory Council in July 2020, and was among many AAPI leaders who joined United We Stand, a virtual event hosted by the organization to mark the third annual National AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate in May 2021.  

 

“Back to school season can be a time of stress for a lot of kids in the country, as returning to school often means a return to the bullying they might experience. Kids are often targeted by bullies because of differences they don’t understand,” said Tan France. “I am happy to once again be partnering with Act To Change on its Homeroom series to ensure that when we send our kids back to school we are empowering them to stand up to bullying in their schools and in their communities. If we teach our kids how to identify and advocate against bullying now, we can set them up to be safe and compassionate now and into the future.” 

 

Nominations for middle and high schools were collected for the Homeroom workshops, and four schools have been selected for this year’s round of workshops. Seven students and one faculty member from each school will participate in the workshop led by Tan France. 

 

Tan will be virtually visiting the following schools for its second series:

  • Westfield High School, Westfield, NJ
  • Black Pine Circle, Berkeley, California
  • Boston Arts Academy, Boston, MA

 

Following the workshop, all schools will hold a virtual or in-person assembly focused on bullying prevention, and take on two or more of the following actions within this school year:

 

  • Gather books highlighting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)  experiences from the school library and display it in a public location (virtually or in-person)
  • Include a BIPOC book in its curriculum
  • Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
  • Host a faculty meeting surrounding the question: “What can our school do to prevent bullying and racism?”

 

Through the generous support of HarperCollins and Macmillan Publishers, Act To Change will provide each school a shelf of books written by BIPOC authors as part of the Homeroom series.

 

To learn more about last year’s program and the ten participant schools, click here.

 

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