2 days ago, 80-20 EF issued a CALL TO ACTION to help protect innocent scientists of Chinese origin, who are increasingly victims of worsening U.S.-China relations, and to promote international collaboration in science. It is a protective movement started by UC Berkeley,Stanford, U. of Michigan, and UC Davis. 80-20 wants to help spread this movement nationwide.
(i) Within 48 hours, 16 U. of Delaware AsAm professors, including 10 Chaired
professors, wrote UD president Assanis and Provost Morgan requesting
a statement to clarify UD's position in these important issues. Salute them.
They are role models in self-help;
(ii) Duke University responded. Read the following email:
"Dear Dr. Woo, Thank you for the call for actions. I have started
contacting chaired professors at Duke University with Chinese origin.
The responses so far appear overwhelmingly supportive. We will try to
coordinate and draft a letter for our president and provost. I will update
you if anything materializes, hopefully in a few weeks. Best Regards, xxxx"
(iii) A prominent member of the Cal. Institute of Technology is trying to Cal
Tech to join the movement.
(iv) Univ. of MA was to have joined the movement, but we can't confirm yet.
The Political Value of our Call To Action
If, within the next 3 months, most of the 100 top U. S. universities will have each issued a statement to join that movement, then 80-20 will AGAIN have succeeded in protecting the AsAm community against reactionary political voices that smell of race-profiling. Recall how the EF led our community to push back on the Hoover Institute Report, just a few months ago.
A Template Letter for your convenience
To those who want to respond to our CALL TO ACTION, and lessen your chance of being a victim of the recent race-profiling push, you may find the following template helpful. Feel free to modify it as you see fit.
"Dear President xxx and Provost yyy:
We, the undersigned, respectfully suggest that you consider sending a joint statement to our campus community along the lines of 4 samples shown at the end of this letter.
As you may know, within the past 3 months, the top leadership (presidents, chancellors and provosts) of 4 top academic institutions (UC Berkeley, Stanford, Univ. of Michigan and UC Davis) have spoken out against the current repressive atmosphere against international collaboration in science and technology; and against international scholars, particularly those of Chinese or Iranian descent.
We believe a timely statement of this nature will reflect on our university well. It will certainly be strongly welcomed by the international scholars on campus and will add to the competitiveness of our international recruitment programs in future years.
The list shown at the end may not be quite comprehensive, because the names of new institutions are rapidly enriching its ranks.