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Jun 15, 2021

Juneteenth marks an important milestone in the U.S.’ ongoing pursuit of “liberty for all.” June 19, now celebrated as Juneteenth, honors the day in 1865 when the last of the enslaved in Galveston, TX were told they were free.  Long acknowledged and celebrated by African Americans, the poignancy of this day has become more widely-acknowledged…

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Reflecting on the past year – one year since the death of George Floyd

May 25, 2021

It has been exactly one year since George Floyd was killed by police officer Derek Chauvin. The world reacted to his needless death through an outpouring of emotions and actions, an awakening to the racism and social injustices that still exist today and the work that still needs to be done by every single one…

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Reflections on the conviction of Derek Chauvin

Apr 21, 2021

Yesterday, we learned the jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all charges – second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter, for the death of George Floyd. He faces up to 40 years in prison, and we eagerly await what his sentence will actually be. Will it be the…

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Asian American Invisibility & Ending the Culture of “忍”

Mar 30, 2021
the character commonly translated to mean: to persevere

忍 the character commonly translated to mean “to persevere”. But it also means to endure, tolerate, and conceal. It is considered a virtue in Chinese & Japanese cultures. 忍者 – a person who perseveres – also means ninja. I am angry. I don’t get angry very often. In fact, I almost never get angry because…

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Condemning Anti-Asian Violence

Mar 18, 2021

Anti-Asian violence and discrimination has been on the rise throughout the pandemic; and we must all stand up and speak up against it. These incidents are antithetical to the values we continue to claim we hold as a country. Tuesday’s senseless murders of eight individuals are only the most recent tragedy amongst too many. Feelings…

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On the recent attacks against elderly Asian Americans

Feb 10, 2021

This is usually a time of celebrations for many of our Asian American friends, as many get ready to celebrate the Lunar New Year on February 12th, welcoming the year of the Ox. Unfortunately, there has been a chain of recent attacks on Asian Americans, and specifically elderly Asian Americans, across the country. These attacks…

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Thoughts on the Presidential Inauguration

Jan 27, 2021

It has been a heavy four years for many in our community, and sometimes we don’t feel the full weight of something until it is released. I hope you feel a tad lighter in the recent days – not because our work is done, but because we know the work we are doing will be…

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Meet VISIONS new Innovations Manager, Lawrence Alexander

Jan 8, 2021

Currently, I am the Innovations Manager at VISIONS, working to amplify the historic work that VISIONS has done by finding more compelling methods to communicate the VISIONS model and to engage newer audiences. I am also a lead search consultant at Carney Sandoe. Previously, I worked in education for 15 years, in higher education and…

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On yesterday’s events in Washington, DC

Jan 7, 2021

While yesterday’s events at our nation’s capital were upsetting and heartbreaking, I also feel more motivated than ever to advance the vital work we tackle each day. As Dr. Val states “we [at VISIONS] work to develop on-going relationships over time to address the structures that create lack of equitable contact in concert with creating…

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From Elika’s Desk: 2020 in Review

Jan 7, 2021

Dear VISIONaries, 2020 was a challenging year, and left me humbled on several occasions. In March, the uncertainty of the global shutdown was stressful, and initially, we were not sure what it would mean and how it would impact this organization. I wondered how creative we had to be to maintain our fiscal health, how…

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