(photo: Ben ('20) and Cassie ('21) at Fall 2019 All-School Club Fair recruiting Urban API members.)
Last spring, Urban's Asian Pacific Islander Affinity organization (API) invited Dr. Russell Jeung, professor of Asian-American Studies at San Francisco State University, to speak about the rise in sinophobia during Covid-19, racial profiling, and his work with Stop AAPI Hate. After seeing the amount of support and engagement from the school during and following the forum, Dr. Jeung became inspired to launch a national campaign to get other youth involved in the movement.
This past summer, Urban students participated with 90 other youth around the coutry on the Stop AAPI Hate youth-led campaign to promote racial equality and enact legislation to prevent future acts of anti-Asian hate/violence. The students were engaged in many different projects over the course of the summer, including launching a social media campaign to encourage youth to report experienced or witnessed incidents of discrimination, and participating in the stories campaign, where interns interviewed fellow AAPI youth about their feelings and experiences with anti-Asian hate and violence during the pandemic. Urban students also created educational resources and wrote a policy report outlining how schools can take action to tackle racial bullying.
Thank you to all our Urban student volunteers/interns and their phenomenal faculty advisors Jessica Yen and Ratna Kamath for all their support and mentorship on this important work.
Participating Urban students include:
Cassie E (‘21)
Gracie V (‘21)