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Humanity in Leadership: The AAPI Experience During COVID-19
Over the last year, the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has faced an alarming rise in hate crimes. Recent incidents of gun violence across the nation have only magnified the extent of this harassment.

Join us at noon EDT on Thursday, May 20, as we host Sophia Antoun, diversity, equity and inclusion education program specialist at The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Dr. Sumie Okazaki, professor of applied psychology and Asian American race expert at NYU. The session will offer perspectives on the experiences of the AAPI community during the COVID-19 epidemic and explore ways allies can provide support. This webinar will be moderated by Mi Kyong Newsome, Clinical Assistant Professor, Management Sciences at Fisher College of Business.

We strive to host events that are inclusive and accessible to everyone. If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Tami Ewing at ewing.188@osu.edu or 614-292-8007. Requests made five business days in advance will generally allow us to provide seamless access. However, the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

May 20, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sophia Antoun
Intercultural Specialist, APIDA Student Initiatives @The Ohio State University
Sophia Antoun (she/her/hers) completed her graduate degree in international education development at Columbia University and her undergraduate degree in Chinese and Arabic at The Ohio State University. Working as an educator for over nine years, Sophia has taught domestically and internationally to youth and adults of diverse backgrounds and identities. Her expertise lies in building the inter/intrapersonal skills necessary for impactful diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work. Sophia is the daughter of two immigrants and is extremely 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 the racial empowerment of APIDA identities, building solidarity between communities of color and guiding our understandings of DEI towards justice.
Sumie Okazaki
Professor of Applied Psychology @New York University
Sumie Okazaki is a professor of applied psychology at New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. She conducts research on the impact of immigration, social and culture change, and race on Asian and Asian American adolescents, emerging adults and parents within local and transnational contexts. She has ongoing research projects with urban Asian American adolescents and parents in New York City; Chinese parents and adolescents in Nanjing, China; Korean American and Filipino American adolescents and parents in Chicago; and current and former Korean early study abroad students in New York City, Southeast Asia and South Korea. Her most recent book, co-authored with Nancy Abelmann, is titled Korean American Families in Immigrant America: How Teens and Parents Navigate Race. In the past, she has served as the President of Asian American Psychological Association and as Associate Editor of the Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology journal.