An event titled, “Double Jeopardy: Experiences of Sexual Violence, Xenophobia, and Anti-Asian Racism,” will open with a panel discussion on Tuesday, April 25, in Kerckhoff Hall Grand Salon.
An art exhibition will remain available through April 28 at the Art Gallery @UCLA, 308 Westwood Plaza.
Organized in conjunction with April Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the upcoming Denim Day.
The gathering will feature a light dinner from 5:30-6 p.m., followed by a panel discussion to begin with welcoming remarks at about 6:05 p.m.
This project delves into the intersection of gender-based discrimination and sexual violence within the lives of Asian international and American students, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students across the University of California system.
A dedicated student-led team from UCLA, Jianchao Lai of UCLA Luskin Social Welfare and Eunhee Park of Community Health Sciences, launched this project in response to the surge in discrimination against Asian communities and the mental health challenges they face on college campuses in the aftermath of COVID-19. They were guided by faculty advisors Dr. Jennifer Wagman (Community Health Sciences) and Lauren McCarthy (Design Media Arts).
Collaborating with UC students who have experienced sexual violence, harassment, intimate partner violence, and/or anti-Asian discrimination, the team facilitated the creation of diverse artworks, including photography, drawings, writing, and audio narratives. This artistic expression not only fosters personal introspection but also opens up conversations that contribute to the healing journey of the students and enhance response systems for both social and institutional violence.
Through this interactive exhibition, the team aims to empower affected individuals and ignite a movement that raises awareness, fosters understanding, and ultimately inspires change. By harnessing the power of art and activism, they seek to shed light on the complex and deeply personal struggles of the Asian community, and together, build a more inclusive and supportive environment for everyone.
The opening night art exhibit and panel discussion about sexual violence awareness will feature student activist leaders from UCLA, USC, and Occidental College, as well as expert speakers and professionals from community organizations like CPAF.
This event is the perfect opportunity to learn from college student activists who work against sexual violence on college campuses and learn about ways to do your part to prevent sexual violence on campus. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to engage with your community and expand your knowledge.