On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, an assailant traveled to three Asian-owned massage parlors in Atlanta and senselessly ended the lives of eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent. The Asian Staff Forum and the Filipino American Community at Stanford express our sorrow and alarm at this tragedy, and our hearts and thoughts go out to the families of the victims.
Welcome to our seventh month of our current normal – if you are still working remotely or have started to return to campus, we hope that you are safe and well during these challenging times. The ASF Board is committed to providing our members programming and support during these times, if we can give you an hour of connection, we believe it is worth the effort.
We wanted to reach out to you and check in with you during this difficult time, as we watch the daily updates about not only about COVID-19, but also about the fight against systemic racism and police brutality, as people march and demonstrate to make sure their voices are heard. We wanted to pass along the resources that may be helpful to you around allyship, reactions from the Asian American community, actions you can take from wherever you are right now, and also encourage you to sign up for the Brave Spaces conversations being held this week, next week, and beyond (we are seeing amazing demand so far, so we will most likely plan more sessions) to learn more and have conversations with your colleagues about what we as an institution can do to support our community.
Another year has passed, and a new academic and fiscal year has begun. As we bask in the slower pace of campus before students arrive for fall quarter, I wanted to take a moment to ask for your feedback, gauge your interest in joining the ASF Board, and provide a quick recap for the past year.
First, the survey:
Welcome to the last day of Fiscal Year 2017, and the soon to begin Fiscal Year 2018! I wanted to reflect on this past year for Asian Staff Forum and highlight we are looking for new volunteers to join our Board for FY18.
Looking back at FY17, all I can say is “wow.” We have over 1000 members on our mailing list! Thanks to our enthusiastic Board and to you, we hosted 18 events – an amazing number. Some of our event highlights include:
Stanford Asian American Awards was created by the Asian American Activities Center (A3C) Advisory Board which serves as an advocacy board to the Asian, Asian American, and larger Stanford communities. This award ceremony gathers members of the Stanford community and recognizes individuals for their tremendous service, achievement, and dedication. Please feel free to forward it to others who might be interested in nominating someone. We welcome nominations for any categories for undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
ASF is looking for your feedback on our programming this past year and your suggestions for next year. If you have five minutes, please take our survey at https://stanforduniversity.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8wYqHsEmJwafmId We will have prizes for five lucky respondents that provide their email address.
Another year has come and gone, and we are about to embark on FY16. I wanted to send a brief memo recapping the past year, and we are currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the ASF Board.
As I look back at FY15 and what ASF has accomplished, I’m proud to serve as chair as our group continues to grow and expand the events and opportunities we provide to our members. Some highlights: