Hate has no place at PCC.


Dear Lancer Community,

On Saturday, June 19th, we honor the end of slavery in the United States and the day in 1865 when news of the Emancipation Proclamation – issued by President Lincoln two and a half years earlier – finally reached the last remaining slaves in Texas. The year following, freed persons in Texas organized the first annual celebration of “Jubilee Day” on June 19. Now known as Juneteenth, it is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery and perhaps the most significant event in American history. It is a date that acknowledges the fundamental promise of America: for a life of equality, liberty and freedom for all.  One hundred and fifty-six years later, we are still pursuing that American promise.

Juneteenth recognizes a belated liberation for Black people in the United States, yet is a reminder that, although our nation has come a long way from our history of state-sanctioned slavery and segregation, the continuing work to promote racial equality and justice for all remains unfinished. As we welcome Juneteenth as a federal holiday written into law, we cannot help but to reflect on the lives lost and the dreams deferred by acts of racially-motivated violence and systemic injustice.  Our work must continue to address the legacies of systemic oppression still present in our day—in education, healthcare, housing, economic prosperity and the justice system. We move forward, as a College, in recognition of the work that remains for us—as a community and as a nation—to achieve the full promise of freedom.

As a moment of collective reflection in the global fight for racial equality, join the Pasadena and Altadena community for a series of events to mark the Juneteenth holiday:

Come take part as we celebrate the significance of this day and a renewed fight against racial injustice in America.

In Solidarity,

Kari E. Bolen, Ed.D.
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

Hate has no place at PCC

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We stand with you.

PCC denounces hatred and violence in all its forms and is committed to humanity and social justice as an ongoing endeavor that we highly value. 

Many organizations within PCC have passed resolutions or issued official statements condemning hatred.

Black Lives Matter at PCC is more than a statement. It is a governing principle for real dialogue, fearless inquiry, and deliberate action that will align our college community with the core belief that systemic racism has no place in our society.

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Many organizations within PCC have passed resolutions or issued official statements condemning hatred and affirming the college’s commitment to the health, safety, well-being, and progress of our Black/African American students, faculty and staff.

Read Office Statements and Resolutions

Personal stories from a Pasadena City College professor along with her Asian American history course insights have proved unforgetteable and vital years after class concluded.

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From the Pasadena Star-News

Dear colleagues:

These already challenging times have been underscored by the increased presence of racism, inflammatory and xenophobic rhetoric, and violence targeting Asian-American and Pacific Islander persons, families, and communities. As a college committed to confronting racial injustice and inequity legacies of the past, acknowledging the realities of the present and doing the work towards an equitable future, we condemn anti-Asian racism in all forms. Advancing racial equity and inclusion for people of all races and ethnicities is critical to guaranteeing the safety and security of everyone. Pasadena City College will work to activate every member of our community to take a stand against racially motivated hate, intimidation, threats and violence. We stand firm in our support of our Asian-American and Pacific Islander community—our students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

You may find these resources helpful:

Coping with Xenophia and Anti-Asian Racism:

Countering Coronavirus Stigma and Racism:

Reporting Xenophobia and Anti-Asian Racism:

We will keep you informed regarding any upcoming events to further discuss this commitment.

In Solidarity,

Dr. Cynthia Olivo, Vice President, Student Services
Dr. Rebecca Cobb, Dean of Student Life
Dr. Kari Bolen, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

Dear Colleagues,

As we move into spring, the decline in COVID infections and a vaccine’s arrival bring new hope and joy to a long and painful year.

With hope on the horizon, the dark clouds of racism and hate loom. Since the pandemic’s beginning, hurtful words and deadly physical attacks have targeted the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. From Pasadena, Rosemead, Oakland, New York and now the deadly shootings in Atlanta, these attacks serve as a painful reminder of the unresolved conversations around racism in America.

Our elders have been targeted, and businesses and places of worship have been desecrated. Our students have shared stories of bullying, racial slurs, and physical violence. In its statement against AAPI hate, University of Massachusetts, Boston, reminds us, “Unfortunately, there is no vaccine against the pandemic of hate and violence directed toward Asian Americans—nor the ignorance, opportunism, and vitriolic racism that has fueled it.”

We call on our campus to acknowledge our pain, denounce AAPI hate, and dispel the model minority myth. We need to disaggregate our AAPI students’ data in order to dedicate more support to our AAPI community (faculty, staff, AND students). We need our allied communities to stand up against all forms of racism and white supremacy in all the spaces they inhabit. We acknowledge that the roots of AAPI hate lie in the roots of anti-Blackness. The same disease of racism kills without regard to skin color. ACT to CHANGE, a national organization against bullying focused on the AAPI community, asserts, “We remember that our strength lies in our solidarity. It’s not me vs. you. It’s us vs. racism.” Join us in standing against hate. Please use and share the resources listed below.

Sincerely,

Coalition of Asian Pacific Employees (CAPE)
Association of Latino Employees
The Association of Black Employees
PCC JAN (Joint Armenian Network)

#StopAAPIHate
#IAmNotAVirus

PCC API Student Guide/Resources

Community Resources

Documenting and addressing:

Bystander intervention training:

Mental health support:

Anti-Asian Hate, Aggression, and Racism in the News (trigger warning)

Our hearts are heavy. Last night, 8 people were killed in Asian-owned spas in Atlanta, 6 of them being Asian American women. This targeted hate crime was an act of violence perpetrated by white supremacy against our AAPI community. The Freeman center denounces this violence and all forms of racism against our AAPI community. We stand in solidarity against xenophobia and racism and acknowledge that anti-racism must include the Asian American experience. To our AAPI community, we see you and you deserve better. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families.

#StopAsianHate

The Pasadena City College Academic Senate declares to take action to reduce the impact of racism1 from within our campus and to assume proactive responsibility for teaching students and the community about the sources and impacts of racism.    

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Dear Students and Colleagues,

It is with sadness and horror that we are once again responding to unthinkable violence.  The recent deaths of eight innocent people, six of them women of Asian descent, has shaken us to our core. We are heartbroken. 

The long history of racism in America towards Asians born in the U.S. and visiting the U.S. is what has brought us here today.  Previous administrations have put a target on the backs of all People of Color, giving permission for acts of racial violence.

We are not naive to the historical mistreatment of Asians in America. The Chinese Exclusion Act, the use of Chinese laborers to build the railroads, the internment of the Japanese, the heinous murder of Vincent Chin in Detroit, MI., because of his Asian descent, are some examples of racism and the pure disregard for Asian lives. We all have seen Asian Americans as they have been caricatured in comics and films. The Model Minority Myth continues to perpetuate these dangerous stereotypes as well. We recognize that these beliefs are harmful and contribute to the discrimination of Asian Americans.

This event has affected us on a very personal level.  As your health care providers, you have shared your life with us. You have come to us with immunization records we cannot read and sat patiently as we Google translated.  You have shared memories of your home country’s New Year's traditions and your disappointment in missing home this year. We have shared in your joy and pride as you graduate and transfer. 

We have been witnesses to your lives and have been forever changed by them.  Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your culture. Our knowledge of the world has grown because of you. 

We, the Student Health Services staff, stand with the Asian American community during this difficult time and will continue to advocate for Asian American students. We are committed to learning to speak out and push back against discrimination and denigration in all its forms. We join with the entire PCC community as we strive for a more just and respectful campus. Know that we are here for you.

There is an Indonesian folk saying - Tak kenal maka saying - 'If you don't know it, you can't love it.” We are grateful to you for helping us in our journey to know it. 

In solidarity,

The Student Health Center 

Hello Lancer Family:

As many of you know, there has been an upsurge in Anti-Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) violence in our country, most recently in the shooting that killed 8 people in Atlanta this past Tuesday.  At Wednesday’s Board meeting, I read an eloquent joint statement from CAPE, ALE, TABE, and PCC JAN denouncing the violence and acknowledging that “the roots of AAPI hate lie in the roots of anti-Blackness.  The same disease of racism kills without regard to skin color.”  

I am writing to you today to ask that you stand with me in rejecting anti-AAPI violence.  The Caucuses of the Community College League of California have approved a resolution condemning this violence, which the PCC Board of Trustees will vote on at its April 21st Board Meeting. 

In the meantime, below, please find information for a webinar – Silence is Violence: Unpacking and Addressing AAPI Violence – that will be held next Saturday, March 27th, from 1-3.  It is free, and I encourage everyone to register and to attend the event.  

I stand in solidarity with our AAPI community because racism and hate can only be eradicated if it is rejected wholesale.  Please join me in this effort and help to make PCC a welcoming, safe space for everyone. 

April 20, 2021

Dear colleagues:

Today we have heard the news that a jury in Minneapolis found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts when he caused the death of George Floyd last May. I am sure I speak for the entire PCC community when I say that I am pleased to know that justice in this case has been done.

George Floyd’s death has come to represent the horrifyingly pervasive violence that is committed against Black, indigenous people of color. While today’s ruling indicates that there will be consequences for those who commit violence, in too many cases the perpetrators of this violence have not been held responsible for their deadly actions. More importantly, there is no justice in a system that continues to incarcerate BIPOC men and women at disproportionate rates; that refuses to allow equitable access to housing, jobs, and education opportunities; and that applies immense pressure on families, young people, and communities that strive for progress. The news from Minneapolis today delivers only a fraction of the justice that so many of our friends, colleagues, and neighbors need to bring their lives back into balance.

As the ramifications of this case continue to be felt, here and around the country, I encourage you to discuss your views. Talk with people and share your thoughts, so that we can work together to advance the cause for justice. At PCC, we will have opportunities for our “head space” to match our “heart space” in relation to these developments, starting with a community conversation on Thursday. More details will be sent separately. 

If these events are causing someone you know to feel stress or anxiety, please encourage them to seek help. PCC’s Employee Assistance Program provides free and low-cost counseling services on demand for staff and faculty, and the Personal Counseling office is available for students in need of help.

My thoughts are with George Floyd, his family, and all who have been affected by police violence. I encourage you to reflect on these issues today as well. 

Sincerely,
Erika Endrijonas, Ph.D.

In solidarity.