EQUIP YOURSELF – Situational Training Workshop with the AZ AAPI Group
July 16 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
This 1.5-hour virtual workshop will teach you the history of Asian-American, Pacific Islanders in the United States combined with foundational concepts and intervention strategies to combat racism. The workshop teaches de-escalation, compassion and restoration, to teach you, as a bystander, how to counter racism in your community.
Friday, July 16, 2021 | 08:00 PM Eastern _ 07:00 PM Central _ 06:00 PM Mountain _ 05:00 PM Pacific
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Presented by Astria Wong, Yvonne So, Lal Vul and Mayci Vannasap of the AAPI (Asian-American Pacific Islands) group.
Astria was born and raised as a British Citizen in Hong Kong. She majored in Vocational Education, has a lifetime Community College teaching certificate from UCLA and is a recipient of the Arizonan’s Who Care award and the Scottsdale Unsung Hero Merit Award. She was a volunteer Mediator for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office: Civil Rights Division. Astria is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese and applies her multilingual skills by serving as a court and medical interpreter to assist Asian immigrants in need of help. Currently she is on the Chancellor’s Advisory Board of Maricopa Community Colleges and is the President of the Asian-American Pacific Advocates (OCA) of Greater Phoenix.
Yvonne So grewup in New York. Her great-grandfather was part of the first wave of Chinese immigration to the West Coast in the late 1800s. She currently serves as the Board Chairman of OCA-GPC and has been a part of the OCA family since 1993, when she was President of her local Young OCA Chapter. After graduating from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of ForeignService, Yvonne worked for 11 years in Fixed Income Sales and Portfolio Management at Wall Street firms and Bank Investment portfolios. She currently resides in Tucson.
Lal Vul is currently a staff member at OCA-GPC. As a first-generation immigrant herself, she encounters many challenges that immigrants face in the U.S. Taking her experiences into account, she is passionate about educating the AAPI community members through different civic engagement outreaches and has helped host many events as an OCA-GPC Youth organizer. She is currently studying Community Advocacy & Social Policy at ASU and is also actively involved with her local Chin (Burmese) community in Phoenix (AZ).
\Mayci Vannasap is a native-born Arizonian to two refugees from Laos who immigrated to America following the Vietnam War. She recently graduated from Arizona State University with a major in Political Science and minor in Women / Gender Studies. She plans to go back to school to further her education. She is currently working as a staff member for OCA-Greater Phoenix and is passionate about advocating for the better well-being of the Asian American Pacific Islander Community. Mayci is also a part of the Arizona Lao Association and still holds her Miss Lao Arizona/ Miss Lao New Year title.
EQUIP YOURSELF Workshop