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The Second Pandemic: Understanding and Challenging the Rise in Anti-Asian Racism in the Wake of COVID-19
In the months since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Asian Americans and Asians around the world have experienced heightened levels of verbal and physical aggression and attacks. Nationally, our country is seeing hate crimes against Asian and Asian American folks increase at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, this is not the first time a public health crisis has been conflated with pre-existing bias, and it has been heavily noted by historians that throughout history disease and racism have gone hand-in-hand. Join the Office of Student Life Multicultural Center, The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences for the workshop, The Second Pandemic: Understanding and Challenging the Rise in Anti-Asian Racism in the Wake of COVID-19.

This 2-hour workshop will address the ways bias against Asian and Asian American communities is resurfacing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll begin by discussing the most commonly experienced types of bias and how they have influenced the impacts of COVID-19 on Asian/Asian American communities both here at Ohio State and nationwide. Shifting the conversation to concrete examples, we’ll raise awareness about the ways anti-Asian racism has manifested since the pandemic and the history Asian Americans have with this type of racial oppression. We’ll conclude with bias intervention strategies for Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander and Desi American (APIDA) folks to use for self-advocacy and for others to use to strive for allyship with the APIDA community.

PLEASE NOTE: Only people with valid OSU login credentials will be admitted to the Aug 11 session. If you are a member of the general public please register for the Sept 1 session.

If you have any questions about accessibility or wish to request accommodations, please contact Alicia Baca at Baca.31@osu.edu. Typically a two weeks' notice will allow us to provide seamless access.
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Sophia Antoun
Intercultural Specialist, Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Student Initiatives @Student Life Multicultural Center, The Ohio State University
Sophia Antoun (she/her/hers) holds a B.A in Chinese and Arabic from OSU, and an M.A. in International Education Development from Columbia University. She is the daughter of immigrants and is very proud of her Lebanese and Chinese heritage. Her life’s work academically, professionally and personally has been rooted in the inherent connections between all identities, particularly within marginalized communities. She is passionate about building a greater sense of belonging within the APIDA community through dialogue that addresses both the history of the community and present-day impacts of that history. Her interests include building awareness of intergenerational trauma within the APIDA community, increasing visibility of the APIDA community’s achievements, advocacy, and activism in all professional and institutional spaces, creating a welcoming space for a community with myriad identities, and helping students find a meaningful path toward their own identity development.
Dr. Leo Taylor
Program Manager for Faculty and Staff Affairs, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion @College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University
Leo Taylor (he/him/his) was born and raised in Muncie, IN and holds a BS in Psychology and MS in Biology from Ball State University, and a PhD in Entomology from Cornell University. Leo is passionate about equity and inclusion in academia, particularly issues facing women and LGBTQ+ individuals, people living with HIV, and those struggling with the stigma associated with mental illness. At OSU Leo leads workshops on diversity, equity, and inclusion topics such as implicit bias; identity, power, and privilege; gender identity and other LGBTQ+ issues and collaborates with colleagues around campus to provide trainings on other DEI topics. He also facilitates a mental health support group for graduate students. While his role is to support CFAES specifically in Columbus, Wooster, and all 88 Ohio counties through Extension, many of his programs are open to the public.
Lena Tenney
Coordinator of Public Engagement @Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, The Ohio State University
Lena Tenney (they/them/theirs) directs the facilitation portfolio of the Kirwan Race and Cognition Program, which includes traveling around the nation to facilitate trainings about implicit bias, structural racism, and being an active bystander. Lena is a co-author of the 2017 edition of the Kirwan Institute’s State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review publication and a co-creator of the Kirwan Institute’s Implicit Bias Module Series. Their interests include critical race studies, Whiteness, adult learning, higher education, public policy, and they are a trained Intergroup Dialogue facilitator. Lena holds a MEd and a MPA from the University of Oklahoma. They also graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Religious Studies and History from the University of Oklahoma. Lena currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for TransOhio - a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for transgender individuals and communities.