To Our Students—
The core faculty of the Global Asian Studies Program at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza and those among our UIC community who are directly and indirectly affected by the violence. We uplift and uphold your right to grieve, your right to speak out against the brutalities committed against civilians, and your right to condemn the U.S. government’s unwavering support for the Israeli settler colonial state.
We are committed to making our classrooms a safe space to talk about this ongoing tragedy in its historical, social, and contemporary political contexts. As educators of Global Asian Studies, we uplift and uphold the legacy of solidarity between Asian/Asian American communities and Arab/Arab American communities; and reaffirm our commitment to pedagogies that emphasize decolonizing, intersectional, anti-racist, and anti-capitalist frameworks, which we outlined here: https://bit.ly/UICGLASsolidaritywithPalestine.
We remain committed to supporting the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom and justice; and to supporting all of our students and their loved ones during these difficult times.
We also share with you these important resources in these times:
For spaces of support on campus: The Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change (CCUSC): https://diversity.uic.edu/community/ccusc/
For educational resources, follow:
-- Teaching Resources compiled by UIC Global Asian Studies: https://bit.ly/TeachingResourcesPalestine
-- Jewish Voice for Peace: https://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org
-- Let’s Talk Palestine: https://www.instagram.com/letstalkpalestine/?hl=en
-- Visualizing Palestine: https://www.visualizingpalestine.org
-- The Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU): https://imeu.org/
-- Palestine Legal: https://palestinelegal.org/