Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic we have witnessed a dramatic escalation of anti-Asian racism in the United States. Indeed, during the past year more than 3,500 Asian Americans have been assaulted verbally or physically. The recent murders in Atlanta are a horrific reminder of the toll of hatred and violence in our society. In light of this reality, AACP reaffirms our stand against racism and our commitment to foster a diverse, inclusive community.
“AACP’s commitment is an embodiment of our core values of inclusiveness, integrity and excellence,” said Dr. Anne Lin, AACP president. “As someone who has experienced anti-Asian racism, I believe strongly that the health professions can play an important role in addressing this problem.”
We strongly support the White House Memorandum Condemning Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. We believe, as the memorandum states, that “advancing inclusion and belonging for people of all races, national origins, and ethnicities is critical to guaranteeing the safety and security of the American people.”
As an organization dedicated to improving health and wellbeing for everyone, AACP supports positive action to combat racism in all forms. Our students, faculty and our expanded network of pharmacist educators will continue to deliver care to all communities, and we will work together to promote equality, understanding and respect.
Anne Y. Lin, Pharm.D, FNAP
Dean & Professor, School of Pharmacy
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Lucinda L. Maine, PhD
AACP Executive Vice President and CEO