Message of Support from Dr. Susan Zola for our CU Chinese American Community,
As a school leader, I am deeply saddened by the hurtful and tragic events in Atlanta earlier this month as well as the disturbing trend of increased hate, bias, and discrimination against members of AAPI communities across the nation. This is unacceptable and I want to make sure our AAPI students and families understand that such behavior will not be tolerated in Champaign Unit 4 Schools.
In June 2020, our Board of Education passed a landmark Resolution decrying racism as a public health crisis and mandating that the District work toward dismantling harmful and hurtful systemic racism. Unfortunately, these recent events serve as important reminders for why this must remain at the forefront of our work as educators and push us to stand resolved to strengthen our work around racial justice.
I want our AAPI students and families to know that we see you, hear you, and value you. I ask those in our Unit 4 family from other backgrounds to stand with me as supportive allies. Additionally, I want individuals and organizations outside the District who seek to raise awareness and provide support for our AAPI friends and neighbors to know that we also stand in solidarity with you.
I believe the rich diversity of our students, staff, and families is our greatest strength and want to reiterate that hate has no place in Unit 4! If you have concerns about something happening in our schools, please reach out to a building or District administrator. It will continue to be my expectation that we work together to empower each of our learners to thrive in a diverse and changing world.
A recent rise in anti-Asian violence has heightened awareness of the importance of inclusion and diversity of the Asian-American community and the community at large. The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies along with the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures appreciates the support that has been shown to our units from the University and the community. We condemn any threat or violence based on one’s race, ethnicity, identity, religion, or national origin. We are committed to diversity, inclusion, and intercultural learning through teaching, research, and public engagement based on the history and fundamental values of humanity. We stand in solidarity with all of you that have reached out and sent messages to us.
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2019年11月9日，张纯如公园在北San Jose揭幕！湾区华人奔走相告，微信又一次沸腾了。家住Plesanton相隔近一小时车程的女友知道我一定会去，约我同往，我带上了老大。公园坐落在一处居民区旁边，占地有2.6英亩，另一侧是树林，景致甚好，静谧宜人。可是这一天，附近的街道停满了车。据说当天有三百多人参加，不但有华人还有很多白人，出席揭幕仪式的有圣荷西的市长、议员，公园的设计师还详细地解释了各处设计背后的含义。Iris的母亲张盈盈女士的致辞感人肺腑，让人不禁动容。我还记得有两位老人手捧着Rape of Nanjing一书，神色凛然，摊开的书皮里是张纯如的亲笔题字。