ACAOM Statement Deploring Racism and Violence Against Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Individuals of Asian Descent [29 Mar 2021]
The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), founded in 1982, accredits educational programs rooted in the traditions and philosophies of several Asian cultures. We deplore the recent attacks and the rise in anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) violence and harassment and join with our community of schools and colleges, faculty, students, and the professionals in our field in condemning these racist acts.
Words of support, healing, and prayer are helpful, but also are insufficient. It is incumbent upon each of us individually and collectively to identify, understand and root out bias, discrimination, and oppression in all forms and ACAOM is committed to this outcome. ACAOM is a member of and has actively participated in the Acupuncture Medicine Cultural Competency Task Force (AMCCTF) that was created in 2020, to provide tools to help educate students, practitioners, and members of our profession in cultural competency, and we are committed to continuing this work and engaging our communities of interest.
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