After the Vigil: Further Conversations, April 9, 2021

Dear Bowdoin community members,

The vigil on Monday was important for our Bowdoin community. Many of our colleagues were introduced to the lived experience of anti-Asian bias not from across the country but from across the quad and across the street. We heard poetry, songs, prose, and statistics that outlined the seriousness of the issue and the impact it is having on our Asian and Asian American and Pacific Islander peers, colleagues, friends.The Asian Students Alliance, The Student Center for Multicultural Life and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity invite you to continue the conversation about Anti-Asian and Pacific Islander Violence. Here are a few ways:

  • Join a community of students, faculty, and staff for “After the Vigil: further discussion of Anti-Asian and Pacific Islander violence” that will take place on Monday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. (ET). The discussion will be facilitated by Belinda Kong and Dharni Vasudevan and focus on life at Bowdoin and the importance of sustaining awareness of API experiences.
  • Attend the one-hour virtual workshop Bystander Intervention to Stop Anti-Asian/American Harassment and Xenophobia. This workshop is co-sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Hollaback! and is being held on a number of dates in April and May. Additional information is available at If you are comfortable sharing it, please email when you have completed the training—we look forward to meeting as a cohort of those who completed the bystander training.
  • Sign up for Racial Equity Institute’s workshop, A Groundwater Approach to Racial Equity. The April 15 date is almost at capacity, but there is still availability for the Saturday, April 24 session being held from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM (ET).
  • Attend one of several Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Events

Thank you very much.


Benje Douglas and Dharni Vasudevan
Benje Douglas
Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity and Title IX Coordinator

Dharni Vasudevan
Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Inclusion and Stanley F. Druckenmiller Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies