GSST Department Statement on Anti-Asian Violence
The faculty of the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies stands firmly with Asian and Asian American peoples and communities in the struggle against anti-Asian racism and the devaluation of women, femmes, and sex workers. We send love to all who are grieving and trying to find healing during this time.
As a department committed to critical feminist and queer work, we understand that the devastating effects of anti-Asian violence are rooted in histories of and ongoing struggles around empire, imperialism, conquest, gender and sexual colonial fantasies, militarism, misogyny, racism, sexual violence, xenophobia, and anti-immigration laws. We also understand that anti-Asian violence is rooted in white supremacy and that it is crucial to connect what happened in Atlanta to the long histories of racial and state violence committed against Black, Indigenous, Asian/American, and Latinx peoples. Liberation for all is only possible when we address these deeply entrenched forms of racial brutality in holistic ways. We remain devoted to addressing these issues and advancing justice for all Asian peoples, including women, queer, trans, and nonbinary Asian people, immigrants, sex workers, and other Asian groups and people made deeply vulnerable by systems of interlocking oppressions. We remain committed that our teaching, research, and service are devoted to the core values of our department in dismantling these systems of oppression and in working to make the world a better place for all, especially those most marginalized by systems of oppression. We want our students to know that they can reach out to us for support and guidance during this time.
GSST Department Statement on Anti Racist Protests
The faculty of the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies stand in solidarity and struggle with nation-wide protests opposing the murder of George Floyd and the injustice that Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color have faced in this country for the last 400 years. Devastating and systemic racism and anti-Blackness have led to a long list of deaths, including Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Oscar Grant, Philando Castile, Walter Scott, Terrence Crutcher, Samuel Dubose, Michael Brown, Nina Pop, and too many others whom white supremacy has taken too soon. From police brutality to health disparities, including this current pandemic, anti-Black racism in the United States is pervasive and deadly. Our department is committed to addressing and opposing anti-Black racism as a central part of our feminist and queer politics and praxis.
We remain devoted to advancing equality and justice for all Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, LGBTQ, immigrant communities, and people of all religions and ethnicities. As educators, we believe that we cannot build a world where people can live safely, in dignity, and thrive until we address the politics of difference at all levels of our communities. Our teaching, research, and service revolve around this belief as a core value in our department.
We want our students to know that they can reach out to us for support and guidance during this time especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately impact the already dispossessed members of our community.
The Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies is home to more than 170 students, faculty, and staff dedicated to analyzing feminist theory, global cultures, and politics through a combination of academics and action. We offer courses on gender and sexuality in relationship to race, ethnicity, class, history, research, the environment, pop culture, and more. Our degree programs and internships prepare students to go forth and transform their world.