Emory Alumni Association offers webinars for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

By Elizabeth Durel | Emory Alumni Association | May 5, 2020

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As part of our digital learning opportunities, the Emory Alumni Association strives to offer content to reflect the values of the university and engage the breadth of interest within our global alumni community.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and we are proud to celebrate the cultural influence on the Emory community. Today, more than ever, we feel the strength and unity of a diverse body as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Recently, members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, including some of our own alumni, have experienced attacks based on misinformation surrounding the novel coronavirus. This month, as always, we support all of our communities and encourage diversity. We are proud to introduce a webinar series to celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, address the attacks and offer suggestions on how to cope and heal.

True to Emory’s mission, we will come together as community to provide support and to celebrate our diversity with respect, and to continue to commit to lifelong learning. This month we will honor and share different values and perspectives via a three-part webinar series.

The first, a Discussion on the Racist Attacks Against Asian Americans during the COVID Era, will be moderated by Carol Henderson, Emory’s vice provost for diversity and inclusion. The panel will include researcher and physician Carolyn Metzer; Maurice Middleton, senior director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion; Wanda Collins, director for Counseling and Psychological services; and Rev. Gregory W. McGonigle, university chaplain and dean of spiritual life. Join us on Thursday, May 7, at 1 p.m.

The second, Emory Alumni from the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Community in Conversation, will feature Michelle Ye Hee Lee 10C, a political reporter at The Washington Post and president of the Asian American Journalists Association, and Michael Wu 88C, chief legal officer of Madewell, Inc. and advisory board member of the Asian American Bar Association of New York. Join us on Thursday, May 14, at 1 p.m.

Information about the third webinar in the series will be available in the coming days. Please keep checking back for more information, and if you are unable to be there in real time, we’ll be saving the webinars for future viewing.