IU Libraries stands with the Asian community

Last week the Asian Culture Center asked the people of Bloomington and IU to stand with their Asian friends, classmates, colleagues, neighbors and fellow community in condemning racial violence against Asians.

The people of IU Libraries add our voices to those of Vice President Wimbush and many others at Indiana University to say that racial violence in any form is unacceptable on our campus, and in any community of which we are a part.

This page is our response to the Asian Culture Center's call for support, a commitment we make for the immediate and long future. It is also an open invitation to the Asian Culture Center to use our spaces and people and collections in any way that amplifies your impact, but especially in your efforts to engage our communities in conversation about the current racial climate.

As you said, "we all deserve to work, study and live in a safe environment."  We hope to be part of the safe home you seek.

Statement from Indiana University Vice President James C. Wimbush, January 13, 2023

This week, Bloomington was sadly reminded that anti-Asian hate is real and can have painful impacts on individuals and our community.

No one should face harassment or violence due to their background, ethnicity, or heritage. Instead, the Bloomington and IU communities are stronger because of the vast diversity of identities and perspectives that make up our campus and community culture.

To our Asian and Asian American friends, colleagues, students, and neighbors, we stand firmly with you.

For members of our community who may find support helpful, counseling services are available to all faculty, staff, and students.

James C. Wimbush is Indiana University’s vice president for diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs; dean of The University Graduate School; and Johnson Chair for Diversity and Leadership.

About IU's Asian Culture Center

Based on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University, the Asian Culture Center (ACC), a program of the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, aims to promote awareness, understanding, and acceptance of Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures, history, and issues as an integral part of the fabric of American life in the United States.

One does not have to be of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage to be involved with the ACC. Everyone is welcome.

The Asian Culture Center is located at 807 East Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47408. They are open during the Fall and Spring from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. You may reach them by phone at 812-856-5361 or email at acc@indiana.edu.