DEC staff members, Nina Darby and Ocean Le sat down to have a talk about the unique realities of diverse communities amid the pandemic and the implications of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Ocean: Hey Nina! Firstly, I just want to say welcome to the DEC team! We are so lucky to have you and its great knowing that we have a dedicated trainer to help others comprehend the unique issues, realities, and experiences of the diverse communities we serve. With that being said, I am excited to speaking to you about todays’ topic. As you know, August is National Immunization Month and so I wanted to talk about the COVID-19 vaccine and some of the general implications it has on daily life in diverse communities.
Over these last few weeks, SEARAC has joined Asian Americans across the country in grief and in alarm over the ongoing anti-Asian violence recently culminating in a nationwide series of separate attacks on our elders. Our hearts go out to the victims of these horrific acts and their families.
This surge in anti-Asian hate against our communities has hit close to home, directly impacting our SEARAC family. Our Board Vice Chair, Kathy Duong, recently shared her mother’s traumatic experience as one such victim. In describing the support needed for her mother to heal from this incident, Kathy urges, “What my mother needs to heal is a sense of.... Read More
We asked SEARAC’s Field Team staff to share their reflections on the 2020 election cycle, especially as compared to the 2016 US presidential elections. Early insights from the November 2020 elections show increased AAPI voter turnout, which we know is due to the hard work of organizers and organizations encouraging our communities to get out the vote. While both election cycles have been grueling, we know that the work being done by those in the field is establishing an engaged and active AAPI electorate that will impact our nation for years to come.
by Katrina Dizon Mariategue. This article originally appeared on the SEARAC blog.
In August of this year, the SEARAC team hosted a virtual farewell for our fearless leader and Executive Director of over eight years, Quyen Dinh, as she prepared for her well-earned and much needed sabbatical. After six months of intense coaching and training, I suddenly found myself steering SEARAC’s work as an ally in the midst of a global pandemic, mass anxiety over the upcoming elections, and nationwide protests in support of the movement for black lives.
Internally, the SEARAC team also went through a lot of change as we welcomed and onboarded five new staff in a span of a few months, growing.... Read More