I am pleased to invite all our students, faculty and staff to participate in UBC’s National Forum on Anti-Asian Racism — a two-day virtual event on June 10 and 11, 2021, to address the ongoing crisis of escalating anti-Asian racism in Canada.

We are convening a diverse group of people to support a robust national conversation about this ongoing crisis, including community organizers, scholars, and public intellectuals, along with key figures in government, health care, media, journalism, the private and not-for-profit sectors.

This national forum will include open discussions about anti-Asian racism in our country with the aim of articulating bold and concrete recommendations for action. We will also discuss anti-Asian racism within the broader context of racism against Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities.

The first day of the Forum will be open to the public, with sessions focusing on issues impacting Asian Canadians, coalition building across Asian Canadian communities, and advocating for systemic change.

The second day will be a closed working session to start, with sector leaders, informed by the outcomes of day one. The Forum will culminate in a public session; this will be an opportunity to share bold actions and key priorities as next steps.

RSVP before June 7https://ubc.ca/antiasianracism

We all have a role to play in the fight against pervasive and enduring anti-Asian racism. I hope you will join me for these crucial discussions.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

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