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San José State University to Host Webinar on COVID-19 and Anti-Asian Bias

April 22, 2020
flyer for webinar featuring Dr. Kathleen Wong (Lau), Dr. Edwin Tan, and Dr. Yvonne Kwan

San José State University will be hosting a webinar training to address the increased anti-Asian bias that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. The training will take place on Thursday, May 7th 10:00 AM PST/1:00PM EST and will be one hour, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

Anti-immigrant sentiment, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, or other forms of bias have always been with us. The current pandemic has seen an exponential rise in anti-Asian discrimination and milder microaggressions. We recognize the horrific disparities in higher morbidity and infection rates for Black/African Americans, Native Americans, and Latinx peoples from COVID-19 across the country. The collective realities have a great impact on the climate, organizational identity, and retention of employees.

Crafted within the complex cultural and political contexts of the Bay Area, this webinar will (1) introduce historical and social psychological frameworks for organizational leaders and team members to understand the dynamics of COVID-19 xenophobia and bias, and (2) offer research-informed interventions and strategies to address anti-Asian bias incidents when they occur in the context of crisis. Target participants span from team members to people who hold positions of leadership in their organizations. The webinar will be led by Dr. Kathleen Wong (Lau), Chief Diversity Officer at SJSU, Dr. Edwin Tan, Director of Advocacy and Community relations at SJSU, and Dr. Yvonne Kwan, Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at SJSU.

Space is limited, so if you would like to attend this webinar, please register here