Over the past year, the United States has experienced an increase in acts of xenophobia, racism, harassment and violence against the Asian and Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. From inflammatory rhetoric related to the COVID-19 pandemic’s location of origin, to the recent fatal shooting of eight people in Atlanta, six of whom were of Asian descent, these acts of intolerance and escalation in violence must be addressed.
We condemn these attacks and stand in solidarity with the Asian and AAPI communities.
As a global leader in STEM education, we work to incorporate the highest standards of professional integrity, dignity, equity, fairness, justice and respect for everyone into our principles and practices. We encourage all our member societies and our professional community to stand up and speak out, unite against racism and injustice and take actionable steps to build a more inclusive and equitable society.
If you or your organization would like to share and/or collaborate on actionable steps we can implement in support of the Asian and AAPI communities, please contact ABET’s Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Advisory (IDEA) Council at IDEA@abet.org.
David P. Kelly
2020-21 Past President
William J. Wepfer
Michael K. J. Milligan