Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiative has created a number of resources for the Merrimack community.
Resources Addressing Anti-Asian Violence, Racism and Xenophobia
Report Bias incidentsSTOP AAPI Hate was created in response to the alarming escalation in xenophobia and bigotry during COVID-19. It is the leading aggregator of anti-Asian hate incidents. There is an anonymous hate incident report form in multiple languages and they offer multilingual resources for impacted community members. They assert that in order to effectively address anti-Asian
racism, we must work to end all forms of structural racism leveled at Black, Indigenous,and other communities of color.
Understand the History of Asian Americans in the United StatesXenophobia or fear of people from other countries/cultures has been going on for some time. From the Chinese Exclusion Act of the mid-1800s, burning down villages related to Chinese American fishing areas, Japanese internment camps, discrimination of Vietnamese Americans in the ’60s and ’70s, anti-Asian hate in the LA riots of the 90s to the violence increased after 911. This is America, and this is not new. We have promoted Anti-Asian sentiments for some time. COVID-19 has increased anti-Asian discrimination. Learn More About Anti-Asian American Discrimination
Address the Model-Minority MythThere is a generalization that Asian communities are more successful and therefore are able to reach the American dream and do not need assistance. This is not true. To be Asian is not a monolithic experience. By disaggregating data, we see some populations suffer from poverty more than others within the Asian communities. This myth also creates tension and horizontal oppression between BIPOC communities. Learn More About Model-Minority Myth
Make Space for HealingWe are all doing our best to figure out how to be an ally, but now is not the time to ask our APIDA identified colleagues to fix the problem. Self-education is crucial. Whether reading about antiracist work or highlighting Asian authors and voices, we can often find lists that have been made by colleagues. Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Therapist Directory by the American Health Collective
Listen, Educate & AdvocateCombatting Anti-Asian Racism, Harvard University
Anti-Racism Resources for the AAPI Community, Cornell University
Toolkit for Anti-Asian Racism, Seattle University
Classroom Materials and More
Resources for Parents
Advocacy and Organizing Worldwide
Encourage Self-CareLearn More from the American Psychological Association
Support Mental Health Coping StrategiesAAPA COVID-19 Related Resources
MLK Day Resources
The vision and work of Martin Luther King Jr. is more relevant today than ever. We compiled a list of events and resources, designed to promote education, reflection and action inspired by a nonviolent commitment to nurture communities based on justice and equality for all! We will continue to honor MLK’s legacy next month with a series of events to mark Black History Month.
Martin Luther King Jr.
- Day of Racial Healing
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Showing Up for Racial Justice
- The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute
- Short films about MLK and the civil rights movement in his time
- Nobel Prize Museum Exhibit “A Right to Freedom”
- AmeriCorps Find a Volunteer Opportunity
Elections 2020: Moving Forward Together
The polarization of political discourse, coupled with the toll of COVID-19, has elevated people’s anxiety and stress levels concerning the past 2020 elections. As an academic institution and Augustinian community, we cannot accept a world divided into “us” and “them” or winners versus losers. Regardless of who becomes the next US President, Merrimack will continue to work tirelessly and intentionally to bridge the divides among us through dialogue and education.
The resources presented here are designed to help students, faculty and staff reflect on their own emotions and thoughts concerning the 2020 election. We believe that we can all benefit from learning how to engage in difficult conversations without losing our sense of community.
Resources for faculty wishing to address the elections in the classroom
The Pedagogy of Facilitating Difficult Conversations
- Election 2020: Teaching in Unpredictable Times (Registration required)
- The Intergroup Dialogue Project (IDP) 2020 Election Guide
- Guidelines for Discussing Difficult or High-Stakes Topics
- Avoiding Postelection Student Unrest
- This article includes many good ideas for classroom activities
General Resources for Students, Staff and Faculty
- What Next?: How to Move Forward Together After a Divisive Election
- The Final Election-at-Work Survival Guide: How to Make Non-Political Small Talk
- Don’t Let Election Passions Roil Your Workplace
- Difficult Conversations: How To Talk Politics Around The Dinner Table This Holiday
- Post-Election National Student Forum (Nov. 7) — registration requiredLGBTQ