Statement from IPMA-HR Executive Director Cara Woodson Welch on Rising Violence Against the AAPI Community

Cara Woodson-Welch

IPMA-HR condemns the recent violent shootings in Atlanta, happening in the midst of rising violence and discrimination against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

A report by the organization Stop AAPI Hate revealed nearly 3,800 hate incidents against Asian Americans were reported since the start of the pandemic, with women reporting twice as many incidents as men. Six of the eight victims in the Atlanta shootings were women of Asian descent, bringing into focus the particular violence experienced at the intersection of sexism and racism. We stand with the AAPI community against these acts of violence, and every form of discrimination and stereotyping.

As I stated last June after the horrific killing of George Floyd, we must listen to the voices advocating for change. We must recognize inequities are not random but have been systematically created and sustained over time. We call on public sector human resource professionals to examine these inequities and drive the initiatives to dismantle them.

IPMA-HR is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion for everyone, including members of AAPI communities. We will continue to make room for difficult dialogue and provide important resources. We are committed to supporting our members in advocating for change in their organizations.

Issued March 22, 2021