ISA STRONGLY STANDS AGAINST ANTI-ASIAN RACISM
[This Release was updated by the ISA on April 22, 2021, for more clarity and easier understanding purpose]
The International Students’ Association strongly condemns and stands against any form of racist attack/incident against the Asian community. ISA organized the ‘Asian Community Leaders Summit’ on April 2 to discuss Asian hate racism, which was attended by many members of our Asian community including UASU Execs/councillors and Execs of Asian focussed regional groups.
In the summit, It was also found in the meeting that students generally were not aware of how to report these incidents or what actions they can take against them. It was decided by all the members present at the meeting that we need to take tough actions to fight racism on campus.
ISA has decided to work with Student’s Union, Graduate Students’ Association and the University administration to implement the following changes to counter racism on campus-
Spread mass awareness about the available resources for reporting racism anonymously. The ISA shall work with the university to create educational videos and a clear reporting process guide. ISA shall also make available appointment sessions to help students one-on-one navigate through the process of reporting racism.
Advocate to Train Residence Assistants (RAs) for handling any racial issues or complaints in the University Residence and inclusion of an any-racism presentation in the WOW and BaseCamp and Eastern Ascent
Work with the UASU and UAGSA to include training in Student group GLO programming and Gov camp for SRAs to address unintentional racism by student group execs or volunteers.
The ISA shall create programs that promote international and domestic students' intercultural engagement.
The ISA shall work with the UAI on modifying the International week to educate domestic students about the global culture, traditions and heritage to overall create a more well-informed UAlberta community.
Call for the University to release a statement condemning racism.
University of Alberta community is a diverse community of students from all over the globe and our diversity is our strength. ISA is committed to working against all kinds of racism and inequality to make sure to provide a safe space for our diverse community of students at the University of Alberta.