We, the Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, Equity and Justice (DIBEJ) and the Executive Committee of the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, affirm our strong solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) colleagues in denouncing acts of racism, discrimination, and violence against any targeted group. Since March 2020, there have been over 3,700 reported incidents of anti-Asian discrimination (documented at https://stopaapihate.org/). Furthermore, anti-Asian discrimination has been amplified by incendiary political rhetoric and misinformation as well as by discriminatory immigration policies that target Asian scholars, as all of us have witnessed to our horror in recent years.
Our AAPI colleagues are diverse and highly valued within the Wu Tsai Neuro community. We stand against the stereotype of the “model minority”, because it masks the many AAPI groups that are underrepresented, and it fails to acknowledge that the AAPI community suffers from ongoing acts of violence and discrimination. These acts are not isolated but have a long history, with notable examples being the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882), internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and the murder of Vincent Chin. Much more recently, however, the pain and outrage have intensified due to multiple attacks on defenseless elderly Asian Americans in the Bay Area and the murder of Asian-American women in Atlanta. This is causing continued pain and insecurity among our AAPI community and runs counter to the ideals that we strive for at the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute and Stanford.
The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute thrives on the diversity of its community. To our AAPI colleagues: you are part of us, we care about you, you are valued, and we are here for you. We welcome affected community members to reach out to our Community Advocate for allyship and support.
Marion Buckwalter, MD, PhD
Chair, DIBEJ Committee
Deputy Director, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
Professor of Neurology
Bill Newsome, PhD
Vincent V.C. Woo Director, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
Harman Family Provostial Professor
Professor of Neurobiology
Tanya Raschke, PhD
Director for Planning and Operations, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute