- Asian American communities nationwide feel the impact of COVID-19 and rise in Anti-Asian hate crimes.
- Anti Asian hate crimes rise by 150% in 2020 in the US. Many others are unreported.
- Anti Asian hate crimes rise by 339% from 2020 to 2021 in the US.
March 16, 2021
- Atlanta Spa Murders – 6 out of 8 victims are women of Asian descent.
- Georgia’s Asian American communities rally for change.
- Virtual town hall – Asian American educators, parents and allies gather to learn about what Asian American history is, whether it is taught in Georgia public schools, and what Georgia’s policy landscape looks like. Hosted by Weonhee Anne Shin, featuring Dr. Chris Suh (Emory University), Dr Sohyun An (Kennesaw State University), E. Lim (Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta)
- Steering committee is formed from community volunteers to discuss next steps. Group is facilitated by Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta.
March 2021 - December 2021
- Group meets weekly to discuss plans, goals and strategy.
- Focus evolves from promoting solely Asian American history to promoting how it is interwoven with all American histories.
- Foundational work begins with building relationships with history-centered organizations.
- Key learnings – Georgia currently offers Asian American history as an elective; social studies standards are not due for revision in the near future; there hasn’t been any Asian American history learning opportunities for Georgia educators.
- Illinois becomes the first state to require Asian American history in K-12 public schools. This becomes the beginning of other states passing similar policies. We learned that these states had pre-existing social studies requirement legislation. However, Georgia does not have such precedence.
- Parents in our group speak at the Gwinnett County Public School (GCPS) Board Meeting. GCPS is the largest school district in Georgia, with 170,000+ students (80% are students of color).
- The GCPS Curriculum Department invites our group to bring Asian American history to the district. Dr. Sohyun An and Dr. Theresa Alviar-Martin from the group is approved to lead quarterly professional development for GCPS educators in the 2022-2023 school year.
- Official name change to Asian American Voices for Education (AAVEd – pronounced “avid”)
- Goals are created and rolled out:
- 2022 – Educator professional development
- 2023 – Parent/community engagement programs
- 2024 – Youth engagement projects
- AAVEd speaks at the Georgia Council for History Education (GCHE) monthly meeting (“Widening Our Lens: Integrating Asian American Voices & Perspectives in Social Studies Classroom.” This presentation is the highest attended session in 2022.
- AAVEd hosts Georgia’s first statewide K-12 educator professional development on Asian American history. Funded by Center for Pan Asian Community Service’s STOP AAPI Hate campaign.
- Start of year-long Gwinnett County Public Schools teacher professional development.
- Selected as top 10 Gold Futures Challenge grantee (funding for 2023).
- AAVEd is incorporated and 501c(3) tax exempt.
- AAVEd exhibits and speaks at the Georgia Council for the Social Studies (GCSS) Conference. This is the largest social studies conference in Georgia with over 600 educators in attendance. AAVEd is the first Asian American group to present.
- 2023 Focus- Parent and Community Engagement (also continue to create educator resources and offer professional development)
- Awarded $2,500 Georgia Humanities grant
- Decatur Lunar New Year Festival, a pan-Asian celebration with over 2,500 in attendance, and donates $16,000 in proceeds to AAVEd.
- 100 Heritage Month Kit project launched (sponsored by Asian American Women’s Political Initiative, Gold Futures Challenge, Georgia Humanities, Very Asian Foundation). These curated (FREE) kits for parents, educators and caregivers will be brought to classrooms for AANHPI Heritage Month in May.
- Heritage Month Kit project: AAVEd meets and exceeds the goal to bring AANHPI heritage into 100 classrooms in Georgia. Final count: 280 classroom kits reserved.