Mitchell College stands as an ally with the Asian and Pacific Islander community and denounces the growing number of unjust and often violent attacks – in both words and actions – against this group. Hate is not welcome in our community, which celebrates diversity, fosters inclusion and values empathy. We know that everyone has the ability to model a more just world by understanding and embracing the power of our differences.
How do we do we make the world better? We listen to learn, reflect on each other’s experiences and stand up for one another. It’s our collective responsibility.
Sophomore Catherine (Cate) Burnett, with support from the Mitchell College Multicultural Student Union (MSU), put these ideals into practice by organizing a powerful program, “Standing Against Asian Hate,” which took place virtually on April 10. Through its panel of distinguished guests, the event sought to bring awareness of the increasing incidents of harassment and hate against the Asian community and present ways for the Mitchell community to show solidarity. Cate and sophomore Katie Kosky moderated the panel.
We thank the following state and local leaders for generously sharing their time and wisdom with our campus community: Karen Lau, Robertsine Duncan NAACP Youth Council; state Senator Saud Anwar, representing East Hartford, Ellington, East Windsor and South Windsor; New London Mayor Michael Passero; state Representative Anthony Nolan, representing New London; and state Representative Kimberly Fiorello, representing Greenwich and Stamford. We also thank Connecticut Attorney General William Tong for his special video message.
As we approach Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May, let us join together in respect and celebrate the beauty in all our differences.
View recorded panel presentation here.
View special message by Connecticut Attorney General William Tong here.