Statement of Solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community

  • Equitable Action Committee Visual Resources Association
Keywords: anti-racism, VRA Board, Equitable Action Committee, diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, Asian American Pacific Islander community


The VRA Executive Board and Equitable Action Committee stand in solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the field of visual resources and beyond. It is critical that white people recognize that the United States was founded in white supremacy, and that anti-AAPI racism and violence are one painful part of our legacy. We must learn from the past, acknowledge what is going on today, and collectively act to bring about change for a better tomorrow. Anti-racist practices need to be embedded in visual resource work, as well, including but not limited to anti-racist hiring and retention practices, collections development, cataloging and description, curation, and programming and outreach.

The VRA Executive Board sincerely thanks the members of the VRA Equitable Action Committee for articulating such a difficult message and providing actionable measures we can take as a community and individuals.

Author Biography

Equitable Action Committee, Visual Resources Association

The Equitable Action Committee is charged with advancing and supporting an equitable, diverse, accessible, and inclusive association. With critical reflection and a steady eye on the future, this committee seeks to strengthen the association’s membership by welcoming, embracing, and supporting historically marginalized people, voices, and narratives. The committee also aims to educate and empower the association’s membership on issues of accessibility and disability inclusion opportunities. This committee will advise the Executive Board on creating equitable and inclusive practices.

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