Responding to National Events: Anti-AAPI Bias and Hate Incidents

In recent months, members of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have experienced a series of abhorrent, violent attacks. These attacks are not anomalies; rather, they are examples of a dramatic rise in harassment, bullying, verbal assaults, and violence directed at the AAPI community since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. And such attacks are all too familiar to those who know the long, racist history of Western fears of East Asian immigration.

We recently announced the following educational opportunities with the promise of additional information to come around dates and times. Please see event details below:

Friday, March 12 at 12:00PM

Provost Margaret McFadden will host a faculty roundtable with Laura Sachiko Fugikawa (American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), Danae Jacobson (History), JaySibara (English).  Our faculty will discuss current anti-AAPI hostility within the long history of fears of East Asian immigration to the United States. This roundtable discussion was pre-recorded and is now available using the link below:


Monday, March 15 at 7:00PM

The Goldfarb Faculty Advisory Committee Center is hosting “A Community Conversation about Violence against Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders”. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been ongoing and increasing violence directed at Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Join faculty members Laura Fugikawa (WGSS & American Studies), JinGoh (Psychology), and Lindsay Mayka (Government) to discuss the role of immigration policies, historical events, stereotypes, and other factors that could help to understand ongoing anti-AAPI violence. We ask that participants read this short article,, that will be used as a starting point in the discussion. Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome!

Register here:


Monday, March 22 at 5:00 – 7:00PM (Part One) and Monday, March 29 at 5:00 – 7:00PM (Part Two)

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s Pugh Center is collaborating with local and national partners Prevention. Action. Change., Defend Yourself, and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine to host the 2-part workshop, “Recognizing and Responding to Anti-AAPI hate and Xenophobia.” This training will engage members of the Colby community to gain further awareness of the history and context of anti-AAPI and Xenophobic hate; recognize it along the spectrum of microaggressions to acts of verbal and physical violence; and gain skills for effective and safer intervention. Please reach out to Emily Schusterbauer ( to register or with any questions.

We encourage you to participate in the upcoming educational activities!