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Understanding the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience: Our Diverse AAPI Community
A three-part series presented by County Supervisor Joe Simitian and Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI).

May 13, 2021 06:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Michele Lew
CEO @The Health Trust
With a B.A. in economics from Yale University and a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University, Michele Lew has focused her 20+ year career on addressing racial inequities in health. Since 2018, she has served as CEO of The Health Trust, a nonprofit operating foundation focused on building health equity in Silicon Valley. The Health Trust serves as a grantmaker, direct service provider, and policy advocate; programs include Meals on Wheels, HIV/AIDS case management services, and housing services. Ms. Lew formerly spent more than 10 years as CEO of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) in San Jose.
Natalie Masuoka
Associate Professor of Political Science, and Chair and Associate Professor of Asian American Studies @UCLA
Her research interests include racial and ethnic politics, immigration, political behavior and public opinion. Her first book, The Politics of Belonging: Race, Public Opinion and Immigration (co-authored with Jane Junn) examines how and why whites, blacks, Asian Americans and Latinos view immigration and immigrants in systematically different ways. This book was the winner of the 2014 Ralph Bunche Award by the American Political Science Association. Her second book, Multiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United States, explores the rise of Americans who self-identify as mixed race or multiracial and the impact on politics. This book was recognized as the best book in political behavior by the Race, Ethnicity and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. Professor Masuoka received her Ph.D. and M.A. from University of California, Irvine and a B.A from CSU Long Beach. Before joining UCLA she taught at Tufts University and Duke University.
Pawan Dinghra
Professor of American Studies and author of Hyper Education: Why Good Schools, Good Grades, and Good Behavior Are Not Enough. @Amherst College
Pawan Dhingra is Professor of American Studies and incoming Associate Provost and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Amherst College. An award-winning author, his most recent book is Hyper Education:Why Good Schools, Good Grades, and Good Behavior Are Not Enough (New York University Press 2020). His bylines include The New York Times, CNN, and elsewhere, and his work has been profiled in The Washington Post, National Public Radio, The Guardian, and other venues. He is President-elect of the Association for Asian American Studies. His webpage is www.pawanhdhingra.com.