VSA's Diversity Statement

The Visitor Studies Association Board is saddened and outraged by the increase in race-based hate which continues to surge throughout the United States, and specifically wants to draw attention anti-Asian rhetoric and violence. In the last 12 months, there has been a 1900% increase in reported hate crimes among the Asian-American Pacific Islander community, most recently displayed in the mass murder of six women.

VSA stands in solidarity with our Asian-American Pacific Islander colleagues, the organizations we serve which upholds the rich history and traditions of the many AAPI cultures, and the broader community. VSA strongly condemns these racist and misogynist actions.

As an organization and as a public-serving field, VSA’s goal is to promote informal learning centers as places of safety, hope, and peace for all by listening and responding to the voices of visitors and community members, including and especially people of color and marginalized communities. We support equity, inclusion, and racial justice in all of our communities and across the world.

#stopasianhate #stopaapihate


 The Visitor Studies Association (VSA) stands in support of #BlackLivesMatter and strongly condemns the senseless acts of violence being perpetuated against the Black community. We condemn all acts of white supremacy, racism, fascism, and nationalist extremism, designed to threaten the very foundations of democracy, and commit to supporting a just, equitable, democratic society. It is our goal to promote informal learning centers as places of safety, hope, and peace for all by listening and responding to the voices of visitors and community members, including and especially people of color and marginalized communities. We support equity, inclusion, and racial justice in all of our communities and across the world.