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Statement on Anti-Asian Racism

Posted March 31, 2021

The Department of Sociology stands in solidarity with our Asian, Asian-Canadian and Asian-American students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their families and friends in our community. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Canada, and the City of Calgary, have seen a surge in hate crimes, intolerant incidents, and racist bullying against Asians, Asian-Canadians and Pacific Islanders, who had already faced discrimination in our country for centuries. We condemn the verbal and physical violence that persons of Asian descent have experienced in Canada and globally. As sociologists, we know we must actively counter intersectional racisms in all of our homes, educational institutions, and scholarship. We commit to taking action by listening, learning, and questioning our own efforts. We endorse the statement recently released by the Canadian Sociological Association and appreciate the statement by Dr. Richard Sigurdson, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts. As part of our commitment to anti-racist scholarship and teaching, and to dismantling embedded systemic racism, we are pleased to announce the creation of a departmental Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, to be co-chaired by Drs. Pallavi Banerjee and Cora Voyageur. The work of this committee, however, is the responsibility of all of us.   

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