Statement in response to tragic shooting in Monterey Park, CA
It is with deep sorrow that we have learned about a heartbreaking mass shooting that occurred on Saturday (Jan 21) in Monterey Park, California—home to a predominantly Asian American community. This shocking attack resulted in many injuries, including the deaths of now 11 innocent people who had been gathering on the eve of Lunar New Year with friends and loved ones. What should be a time of joyous cultural celebration has instead been marred with fear and grief as yet more senseless gun violence has shattered the lives of many families and rocked our Asian/Asian American community. We are simply devastated. Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and all those acutely impacted by this horrific tragedy along with those that may be affected by the unrelated shooting in Half Moon Bay, California that followed on Monday (Jan 23).
The Asian American Activities Center (A³C) is committed to continuing to be a resource for students during this difficult time, and in helping our community come together to heal. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need care and support. In partnership with Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), psychologists are also available to provide culturally sensitive counseling and resources through regular drop-in hours at the A³C or via bookable online appointments (https://a3c.stanford.edu/resources/caps). You can also call CAPS at 650.723.3785 for urgent or 24/7 assistance.
We understand that there are still a lot of unanswered questions. As more information comes to light, please know that the A³C staff and campus partners are here to help process and work through this trauma together. We are here for you and stand united, together in community and love, to mourn and heal.
- Linda Tran, Associate Dean & Scott J.J. Hsu Director of the Asian American Activities Center (A3C)
- Jerald Adamos, Assistant Dean and Associate Director, A3C
- Latana Thaviseth, Assistant Director, A3C
If you need support, the A3C staff are available to meet with any students. Please also check out the following available resources:
Counseling and Guidance:
- CAPS - Our clinicians from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), will be offering drop-in, zoom, and web bookable office hours at the Asian American Activities Center (A3C).
To make an appointment, students will need to log into Vadenpatient, select “Schedule an Appointment”, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) as the department, then A3C Drop-in hours.
The topic of mental health is sometimes stigmatized within Asian American communities. The “Let’s Talk” consults are an opportunity to learn more about well-being resources and ask questions about mental health.
Our CAPS Counselors are available to help students learn whether counseling would be helpful for themselves or a friend experiencing stress, relationship and family concerns, anxiety and depression, racial trauma or self-esteem issues.
Counseling appointments can be scheduled and held at the A3C or virtually with each Counselor on the following days:
Dr. Catipon on Wednesday afternoons on Zoom (2-4PM)
Dr. Hsu on Thursday afternoons in the A3C (2:30-5PM)
Camara Chea on Friday afternoons on Zoom (12:30-3PM)
Dr. Jade Seto on Fridays on Zoom ((9:30AM-1PM), to make an appointment with Dr. Seto, please follow the same instructions above but select the Office for Military-Affiliated Communities (OMAC) instead of the A3C. Dr. Seto’s hours are open to all.
- Vaden Flourishing Alliance - Feel free to join the Winter of Wellness event by Kingscote on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 from 4-6PM to enjoy free hot comfort drinks, fun activities, relax in the cozy nap room, craft a mini vision board & take home a houseplant! You can meet staff from departments such as Well Being, CAPS, HHP, CST, Weiland Health Initiative, SUPER and more!
- Well-Being @ Stanford - Talk with a well-being coach
- Bridge Peer Counseling - 24/7 peer support counseling and support on the phone
- Grieving at Stanford - The next Student Grief and Loss Gathering event will be held on Wednesday, January 25 at 4PM in the Circle Common Room (Old Union, 3rd Floor)
- Confidential Support Team (CST): Receive support for those impacted by sexual, relationship, and gender-based violence through confidential, trauma-informed consultation, counseling, and outreach.
- Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL): Receive non-judgmental listening support and guidance.
- Protected Identity Harm Reporting
- The First Suburban Chinatown: The Remaking of Monterey Park, California (Asian American History & Culture)
- Los Angeles Times Op-Ed Article: Why the Monterey Park shooting feels like an attack on Asian America
- President Biden’s Statement on the shooting in Monterey Park, CA - Released January 22, 2023
- City of Monterey Park Statement after shooting tragedy
- Anti-Asian Violence Resources
- Langley Senior Citizen Center - A Survivor’s Resource Center has been established at this location with mental health resources for anyone who needs support.
- City of Monterey Park Vigil - The community is invited to join at Monterey Park City Hall, 320 W. Newmark Ave. on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. for a vigil to honor those who have left us and to give strength to those who survived. A memorial honoring the victims and survivors has already been established at the Monterey Park City Hall.
- Monterey Park Shooting: How to Help - GoFundMe organized by Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California, Stop AAPI Hate, Asian Pacific Community Fund, The Asian American Foundation, Gold House, AAPI Equity Alliance, Stand with Asian Americans, and Chinatown Service Center to support all those affected. 100% of donations contributed to the fund will go to the many individuals who are now suffering from this senseless violence.