UAHS EDI Speaker Series

May | Asian American and Pacific Islander Month

May is designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the U.S. This month was chosen to commemorate two important anniversaries: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant in the U.S. on May 7, 1843, and the completion, on May 10, 1869, of the first transcontinental railroad, which could not have been built without the labor of thousands of Chinese workers.


Larissa Yugay: Healthcare and Education for Children with Autism in Kazakhstan: Comparison and Contrast
April 19, 2021


During the presentation, the status of health care, education and adaptation for children with autism and other neurodevelopment diseases in Kazakhstan will be discussed, current challenges, and further recommendations.

Joshua Anbar: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Autism Spectrum Disorder
April 29, 2021

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a social communication, behavioral, and developmental disorder that has drawn increasing attention over the last several decades. Diagnosing and treating ASD in early childhood has become common, but the needs of autistic individuals remain poorly understood as they get older and transition into adulthood.

Our Moment Now: Importance of Asian Pacific American Studies
May 5, 2021

The University of Arizona campus community has long fought for the creation of Asian Pacific American Studies over the last two decades. With the recent rise of Anti-Asian hate crimes and the need to address such violence in the community, the panelists will discuss ways to support Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans (APIDA) need for solidarity and understanding of what the community has faced. Addressing the need for courses that center around APIDA experiences, we offer this talk as a way to understand our community and honor Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Going “Back to Where I Came From”: Reflections of a 1st generation AAPI
May 25, 2021

During this presentation, Dr. Phan will review the history and current events of anti-Asian racism through the lens of a 1st generation AAPI and child of Vietnamese refugees. Examples of direct and “covert” anti-Asian racism will be discussed, from childhood experiences to those in professional settings such as health care. Attendees will learn about possible resources and opportunities to partner with the AAPI community to increase awareness and advocacy, including supporting learners in academic settings such as students and residents.