Essential Conversation on Anti-Asian Racism May 3
The JHBC Office of Academic Equity in collaboration with the San Bernardino Community College District is hosting Essential Conversations: Anti-Asian Racism, a virtual conversation to discuss the exploitation of the COVID-19 pandemic spurring violence, harassment, and racism against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.
Held 6-8 p.m. via Zoom May 3, 2021, this event is open to the public and organized with the hopes of raising awareness about the continued struggles of these communities, which many of our students, staff and faculty are part of, along with impacts on community in general. We echo CSUSB's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and strongly condemn racially-motivated intimidation, bullying, microaggressions, harassment, and verbal and physical attacks against individuals.
Hate crimes against Asian Americans in the 16 largest U.S. cities jumped 149% in 2020.
- CSUSB Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism
Experts Dr. Jacob Chacko, Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Santos Manuel Student Union at CSUSB along with Sunny Lin, president of Asian Faculty, Staff, and Student Association and the Operating Systems Analyst/Data Architect of Information Security at CSUSB will each share more about cross-cultural barriers, responding to anti-Asian racism and other aspects to build safer communities. A campus and community share of personal experiences with racism, bias and discrimination will follow along with discussion.
CSUSB’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is reflected in our core values and in our actions.
More about the Experts:
Dr. Jacob Chacko serves as the Inaugural Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Santos Manuel Student Union at CSUSB. He holds a PhD in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership with a focus on Global Studies in Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He also holds an M.S. in Teaching & Learning from Illinois State University and a B.A. in Secondary Education & Spanish from Northeastern Illinois University. After undergraduate studies, he lived in South Korea for several years teaching English and traveling South/Southeast Asia. He speaks Malayalam, English, Spanish, and a bit of Korean. Jacob was born in Kerala, India and raised in Skokie, Illinois; he is 1.5 generation Indian American. He is also a member of Alpha Psi Lambda, ΑΨΛ, a Latino interest fraternity. During his doctoral studies, he worked as the graduate assistant of the Asian American Cultural Center and was immersed into the field of student affairs.
Sunny Lin is the president of Asian Faculty, Staff, and Student Association and the Operating Systems Analyst/Data Architect of Information Security at CSUSB. As the first-generation immigrant who lived in Taipei, Taiwan, and the United States, he recognizes the challenges that ethnic minorities face in academia. As the president of AFSSA, he closely works with the Cross Culture Center to promote inclusion, equity, and appreciation for diversity.