DEC Condemns Rise in Violence Against Asian Americans

On March 16, 2021 a gunman in Atlanta killed 8 people, the majority of whom were Asian women.

During COVID-19, the United States has seen a significant rise in discrimination, violence, and hatred against those in our country and internationally who identify as Asian American.

We, at the Division for Early Childhood, stand with the Asian American populations we serve and serve with. We will not accept racism, discrimination, hate, or violence in our schools, our universities, our programs, and certainly not in our Association.

We realize white supremacy, xenophobia, and discrimination towards Asians and Asian Americans is not new. It has been on the rise since the beginning of the pandemic, but anti-Asian racism has deep roots in United States and international history.

As an association DEC is committed to addressing racism in all its forms. As individuals, and as an organization, we commit to addressing racism and to developing policies that put an end to institutional racism. We further commit to our path forward as an anti-racist organization. Our priority issues agenda puts forth increasing the diversity of DEC leadership and the workforce; intentionally working with families as partners; actively acknowledging when and how racism impacts our systems, children, and families.

As DEC individual members, we encourage you to do the same.

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