A Resolution of the Skyline College Academic and Classified Senates, in collaboration with Filipinx Student Union at Skyline College and Katipunan at College of San Mateo, to Denounce Anti-Asian Racism and Violence

Adopted: May 6, 2021

Whereas, inflammatory, racist public discourse (e.g., “Kung Flu,” “Chinese virus,” etc.) has stigmatized members of the Asian communities, fueling misguided hatred, harassment, and violence towards persons of Asian ancestry, and furthering divisiveness between communities of color who share similar forms of oppression; and

Whereas, the number of hate crimes and incidents – physical assault, vandalism, verbal harassment, shunning or avoidance, and refusal of service – against Asian persons has increased nationwide. Between March 2020 and February 2021, 44 percent of nationally reported incidents took place in California as documented by Stop AAPI Hate in March 2021; and

Whereas, 22% of Skyline College students are of Asian heritage and 15% are of Filipino heritage, constituting more than a third of the total student population (CCCCO Datamart, 2019- 2020); and

Whereas, the categories required by the California Community College Chancellor’s office inaccurately represent the members of the Asian community and that we acknowledge all members of the East, Southeast, and South Asian communities; and

Whereas, all Skyline College students, faculty, classified professionals, and administrators have the right to learn and work in a safe environment free of racism, discrimination, and violence; and

Whereas, the “model minority myth” leads to institutional practices that fail to adequately support Asian students by perpetuating the false notion that Asians are self-sufficient and require no support from the larger society.

Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, that the Academic and Classified Senates of Skyline College champion a transformative solidarity across cultures, races, ethnicities, and social movements as the antidote to racial and economic oppressions; and be it further

Resolved, that the Academic and Classified Senates of Skyline College unconditionally condemn the aforementioned oppressive forces, and we further denounce xenophobia and anti-Asian sentiment – the harmful rhetoric, physical violence, and racist actions amplified by the fears of the COVID-19 pandemic; and be it further

Resolved, that the Academic and Classified Senates of Skyline College prioritize the safety of the Asian community by requesting that the College establish and publicize a clear process for students and employees to report anti-Asian and other race-related incidents so the College and the District can document, investigate, monitor, and act on the information in a timely manner; and be it further

Resolved, that the Academic and Classified Senates of Skyline College request Skyline College to provide dedicated space and programming that serve Asian students’ needs for safety, mental health support, and mentorship; and be it further

Resolved, that the Academic and Classified Senates of Skyline College strongly support consistently offering culturally responsive curriculum, events, installations, and professional learning and training – in addressing racial, social, and economic injustices and inequalities, especially that which adversely impacts the Asian communities; and be it further

Resolved, that the Academic and Classified Senates of Skyline College strongly encourage ongoing efforts to improve employment practices – such as in advertising, applicant screening, hiring committee appointments, and interview processes – to recruit, hire, train, and retain Asian faculty, both full-time and part-time, to diversify our employee populations to reflect the student population; and be it finally

Resolved, that the Academic and Classified Senates of Skyline College encourage the College to invest in programming and resources to promote and support activism among students in advocacy for Asian communities, with a clear and intentional vision for coalition building with all communities that share the same goals of countering white supremacy and embracing racial justice.

Supporters/Allies

  • Skyline College Academic Senate Skyline College Classified Senate
  • Herlene Grace Beltran, Faculty, Business, Skyline College
  • Tyler Castillo, Student; Vice President, Katipunan, College of San Mateo
  • Belinda Chan, Administrative Assistant, Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness; Treasurer, Classified Senate, Skyline College
  • Kevin Chak, Bookstore Manager, Skyline College Younga Choi, Faculty, Mathematics, Skyline College
  • Caitlin Collantes, Student, Kababayan Learning Community; Promise Scholars Program; Secretary and Treasurer, Filipinx Student Union, Skyline College
  • Monica Dollezon-Yu, Student Leader, Katipunan, College of San Mateo
  • Liza Marie S. Erpelo, Faculty, English; Coordinator, Kababayan Learning Community; Advisor, Filipinx Student Union, Skyline College
  • Melanie Espinueva, EOPS Counselor/Faculty Coordinator, Skyline College
  • Jeremy Evangelista, College Recruiter; Parliamentarian, Classified Senate, Skyline College Nina Floro, Faculty, English, Skyline College
  • Jing Folsom, Faculty, Biology/ Biotechnology, Skyline College
  • Doris Garcia, Promise Program Counselor; Advisor, Katipunan, College of San Mateo Alvin Gubatina, Student Life and Leadership Manager, Skyline College
  • Emelie Hein, Faculty, Physics, Skyline College
  • Monique Hernandez, Program Services Coordinator, Equity Institute, Skyline College Soe Hlaing, Web Accessibility Programmer, ITS District Office
  • Denise Hum, Faculty, Mathematics, Skyline College Maryam Khan, Faculty, Engineering, Skyline College
  • Kelly Li, Program Services Coordinator, Degree Audit, Admissions & Records, Skyline College Kim Lim, Faculty, Library, Skyline College
  • Jing Luan, Provost, International Education, San Mateo County Community College District Roderick Daus-Magbual, Faculty, Sociology, Kababayan Learning Community, Skyline College Golda Marie Margate, Executive Assistant to Vice President of Student Services; Vice
  • President, Classified Senate, Skyline College
  • Asa Mobley, Student, Kababayan Learning Community; Director of Event Planning, Filipinx Student Union, Skyline College
  • Zahra Mojtahedi, Planning and Research Analyst, Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness, Skyline College
  • Nate Nevado, Faculty/Counselor/Coordinator for Center for Innovative Practices through Hip Hop Education and Research (CIPHER), Skyline College
  • Jayde Nieve, Counselor, Kababayan Learning Community; Advisor, Filipinx Student Union, Skyline College
  • Allen Ocampo, Program Services Coordinator, Student Equity and Support Programs, Skyline College
  • Angeli Ong, Student; President, Katipunan, College of San Mateo
  • Sherrie Prasad, Executive Assistant to Vice President of Instruction; President, Classified Senate, Skyline College
  • Ryan Samn, Student Life and Leadership Assistant, Skyline College Masao Suzuki, Faculty, Economics, Skyline College
  • Sujatha Venkataraman, Faculty, Education/ Child Development, Skyline College Sanjyot (Pia) Walawalkar, Faculty, Library, Skyline College
  • James Wong, Faculty, History, Skyline College
  • Karen Wong, Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness; Faculty, English, Skyline College
  • Clair Yeo-Sugajski, Retention Specialist, International Student Program, Skyline College
  • Rika Yonemura-Fabian, Faculty, Sociology; Treasurer, Academic Senate; AFT co-chair, Skyline College

Note: You may download a PDF of the Anti-Asian Hate Resolution in multiple languages here  .