Combating Anti-Asian Hate

May 21, 2021

The increased bias crimes perpetrated against the Asian/AAPI community are deeply distressing. ISSO joins the University in its commitment to anti-racism and stands in solidarity with our community.

We will update this page as more resources and announcements are made.

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  • Wednesday, June 16th, 2021, 2:00pm – 3:30pm EDT -- Upstander & Allyship: Addressing Hate & Violence -- Provide interpersonal tools to prevent, disrupt and help heal from violence in their communities. Workshops are interactive and addresses a range of topical concerns. Participants will gain a greater understanding of how to center humanity across identity groups and operationalize skills like de-escalation and active bystander interventions.

Past Events

  • Tuesday, June 1st, 2021, 4:00pm – 5:30pm EDT -- Empowerment Self-Defense: Eyes Up, Hands Up, Strike Back -- Provide tools to apply to a range of interpersonal situations, from physical skills to verbal, emotional and social techniques like assertiveness, de-escalation, situational awareness and self-care practices for healing from violence. Each session is facilitated through a trauma-informed lens and centers the experiences of those most at risk for violence.

  • Monday, May 24, 2021, 2:30 PM EDT  -- Stop API Hate: A Discussion on Mental Health, Self-Love, Solidarity, and Diversity -- In honor of CUIMC's Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the API Employee Resource Group, will close the month's events with a panel discussion. Panelists are: Drs. James Tsai (President of Mount Sinai New York Eye & Ear Infirmary), Yiu K Warren Ng (NYPH Psychiatry) and Christine Rohde (Vice Chair of Faculty Diversity and Development in CUIMC Surgery Department). Zoom registration is required in advance.
  • Saturday, May 15, 1:00 PM (Beijing), 1:00 AM (EDT) -- Thematic Discussion Series: Preparing International Students for Race Relations in the U.S. -- In response to the growing call to action to support the anti-racism movement and to foster an inclusive community, this thematic discussion series, titled 'Stand in Solidarity: Combating Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia', aims to offer support especially to Columbia University’s Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community during this challenging time. The session on May 15 will focus on 'Preparing International Students for Race Relations in the U.S.' Learn more.
  • Sunday, April 25, 12:00 PM EDT -- Uptown March in Solidarity With Asians in America: Black, Brown, Asian, White, People of the World Unite -- Mitchel Square Park (Broadway & 168th) to the People's Church in East Harlem (E.111th St). Join us on April 25, 2021, for a day of action in solidarity with Asian Lives. We will march through Washington Heights, Harlem, and East Harlem to demand an end to white supremacy, imperialism, and misogyny — the root causes of anti-Asian violence. We call upon Latinx, Indigenous, Black, Asian and white people across New York City to unite in the ongoing fight against racial capitalism and the systems that uphold it. For any questions email [email protected] Learn more.
  • Wednesday, April 21, 2:00 PM EDT -- We Have to Reimagine: Conversation About Anti-Asian Racism/Violence: The title for this panel takes as its inspiration the words of philosopher and activist Grace Lee Boggs (Barnard College '35). In her call for visionary organizing, she remarked, "We have to reimagine." This interdisciplinary panel will address the historical roots and current manifestations of anti-Asian racism and violence in our collective efforts to reimagine. Watch the recording.
  • Tuesday, April 20, 12:00 PM EDT -- Social Impact LIVE: How Can We #StopAsianHate? In this episode of Social Impact LIVE, host Richard Hara (bio) sits down with three of our faculty members—Qin Gao (bio), Amy Kapadia (bio), and Jeanette Takamura (bio)—to talk about the #StopAsianHate movement and what it hopes to achieve.
  • Friday, April 16, 8:30 AM EDT --  Thematic Discussion Series: Combating Anti-Asian Hate and Violence: Join this panel discussion where experts will share insights and possible courses of actions against anti-Asian crime. Professor Qin Gao from Columbia Social Work will also present findings in her recent survey. Watch the recording.
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021 -- Situational Awareness Training: Join the Columbia's Department of Public Safety in a situational awareness training, offered in partnership with University Life. Watch the recording.
  • Thursday, April 1, 1 PM EDT -- Racism and International Organizations: Speaker Series: this year is the 20th anniversary of the Durban World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. The speaker series shows both successes and limitations of multilateral approaches toward combating racial discrimination and promoting social cohesion. 
  • Monday, March 22, 6 PM EDT -- CUIMC students interested in attending a virtual drop-in support gathering should email [email protected] to request the Zoom link.
  • Friday, March 19, 5 PM EDT -- Support Space for Asian Students
  • Friday, April 2, 3 PM EDT --  AAPI Support Space: this virtual support space hosted by Furman Counseling Center and Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) is for Barnard and Columbia Morningside AAPI students to come together and process the recent escalation and visibility of hate crimes and discrimination against AAPI people. Facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Liu.
  • Thursdays, April 1 to 22, 12 PM EDT -- Support Space for Asian Students: this virtual space will meet on Thursdays from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ET. For more information, or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email [email protected] or [email protected]  with “Asian Identity” in the subject line.
  • Wednesdays, March 24 to April 14, 2 PM EDT -- Support Space for Female-Identified Students: this virtual space will be held on Wednesdays from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET. For more information, or to receive the
    Zoom link to join the group, please email [email protected] or [email protected].
  • Date/Time TBD -- CUIMC Asian Identified Students: this virtual drop-in group is for students of all genders who identify as Asian who want a space to reflect on experiences of bias or discrimination and/or the rise of anti-Asian violence amidst COVID-19. We also welcome conversations about experiences of resilience at the individual and community level. For more information, please email Ritu Agarwal at [email protected].
  • Bi Weekly Wednesdays, 6 PM EDT -- CUIMC International Students: this virtual drop-in group is designed to promote connection among CUIMC international students living domestically or abroad through discussion and sharing of relevant resources. For more information, please email Kaiwen Liu at [email protected].
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Resources and Support

There are many resources available, including:

Video Recordings

Personal Safety

Further Learning

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Report an Incident

If you, or someone you know, has experienced bias, you can report it to the University. If you're a student, you may also contact your Dean of Students.

Alternatives to New York City Police Department


  • Call 911 to report a hate crime or any emergency
  • Report all other incidents of hate crime through your local precinct (non-emergencies)

Dangerous Activity

  • Call 1-888-NYC-SAFE if you notice any potentially dangerous activity on an MTA bus, subway or railroad
  • Call 1-877-NO-HATE-NY to provide any tips relating to hate crimes

New York City Police Department Hate Crime Task Force

New York State Hate Crime Task Forces

More Information

  • Victims of hate crimes will be provided with appropriate assistance by the local precinct’s Community Affairs team and the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force
  • Immigration status does not in any way prevent victims from reporting Hate Crimes or receiving essential services in New York City
  • Find more reporting resources and tips at Asian American Bar Association of New York
  • Report attacks or find helpful information at Asian Americans Advancing Justice