Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) is devastated to learn that 11 people have died following the mass shooting during a Lunar New Year Celebration in Monterey Park, Southern California. Several others sustained injuries and remain in the hospital. Monterey Park holds significance for the AAPI community as the city has one of the largest percentages of AAPI residents in the United States.
APAHE extends our condolences to the families of the victims and join the collective grieving taking place in our country. Lunar New Year is a time when families and friends gather for renewal and welcome a new year, and we are deeply saddened and angry that horrific acts of gun violence continue to happen. Our communities deserve to have a sense of security and safety.
We thank President Biden and his administration for providing federal support to the Monterey Park Police Department and other local and state authorities as they continue to respond and investigate this shooting.
APAHE also encourages you to support our AAPI community by referring students to your institution’s mental health services, and referring your employees to your Employer Mental Health Program. We hope that your institutions will provide time and space to grieve these losses as a community.
For additional resources, go to:
- Asian Mental health Collective provider directory:
- Asians for Mental Health provider directory:
- Stop AAPI hate:
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice SoCal:
Founded in 1987, Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) is dedicated to enhancing the educational opportunities for Asian and Pacific American students; promoting and supporting the hiring, retention, and advancement of qualified Asian and Pacific American faculty, staff, and administrators; and creating a better understanding of issues in the public affecting Asian and Pacific Americans in higher education. http://apahenational.org/