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Webinar Tackles Anti-Asian Hate


Several hundred educators participated recently in “Community Connection: Recent Incidents of Racially-Motivated Bias, Violence and Hate Against Asian Americans,” produced by ACUHO-I (Association of College and University Housing Officers—International) and NADOHE (National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education).

Presenters Dr. Sumun L. Pendakur, a diversity, equity and inclusion strategist, and Dr. Kimberly A. Truong, executive director of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at MGH Institute of Health Professions, provided historical context for recent acts of anti-Asian violence in the U.S. and highlighted ways higher education can work to eradicate the hate.

“Today our aim is to work towards a more just world for the Asian, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander and Baci American peoples,” said moderator Dr. Luis Inoa, associate dean of the college, residential life and wellness at Vassar College. “What has brought us together is tragedy and ongoing anti-Asian violence and hate.” Dr. Kimberly A. Truong The participants were polled on several questions, including what actions their institutions have taken to respond to the spate of anti-Asian violence.

“We have since a year ago now seen a sharp uptick in the violence against people perceived as Asian and Asian American, particularly elders, particularly women, particularly those who are low-income […]

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