Liberation in Practice: Revolutions & Revelations

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Anti-Racism Workshops for Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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Liberation in Practice: Anti-Racism Workshops for API Heritage Month

  • Please join APANO community members in a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) only space. For the month of May, APANO is honored to offer the BIPOC community an educational opportunity to dive deep with leading social justice experts and community-based organizations to expand our knowledge of anti-racism in theory, work, and practice.

Workshop #7: Revolutions & Revelations

What is racial healing? How can we engage in racial healing within ourselves, our communities, and in society?

Speaker #1: Maria Beebe, PhD (she/her)

Dr. Maria Africa Beebe has made it her personal goal to link higher education with global sustainable development; to balance social and environmental considerations with economic development; and to use information and communication technologies for global engagement.

Maria has over 20 years of experience in international development, working with higher education on knowledge exchanges, learning partnerships, and capacity building in telecommunications. She led Knowledge Exchanges & Learning Partnerships (KELP) in South Africa, Nettel@Africa in Africa, and Afghan eQuality Alliances in Afghanistan as a faculty member at Washington State University, Center to Bridge the Digital Divide. Maria led workshops on teaching and learning with the Internet at higher education institutions in Afghanistan, the Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Makerere, Malawi, and Nigeria.

She co-edited AfricaDotEdu and edited three books about the leadership of global Filipina women: DISRUPT1.0. Filipina Women: Proud. Loud. Leading without a Doubt (2014); DISRUPT2.0. Filipina Women; Daring to Lead (2016), and DISRUPT 3.0. Filipina Women: Rising (2018). Maria has a current Department of Anthropology affiliate appointment at Portland State University. Maria sits on the board of Techwomen.Asia, Global Networks, and Kaisipan. Maria just received approval to sit on the Steering Committee of the ITU EQUALS Afghanistan.

Speaker #2: Eddy Zheng (he/him)

Eddy Zheng is the Founder & President of New Breath Foundation, and works to mobilize resources to support Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) harmed by violence and the unjust immigration and criminal justice systems.

A 2019-21 Rosenberg Foundation Leading Edge Fellow and a 2015-17 Open Society Foundation Soros Justice Fellow, he served as Co-Director of the Asian Prisoner Support Committee and co-founded the first ever ethnic studies program in San Quentin State Prison - ROOTS.

Fluent in three languages and skilled in motivational speaking, cross cultural healing, workshop facilitation and conflict mediation, Eddy is the co-editor of Other: An Asian and Pacific Islander Prisoners’ Anthology and serves on the board of Chinese for Affirmative Action. Eddy’s commitment to service has been frequently recognized, most recently with the 2019 Frederick Douglass 200 award, 2019 Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial award from the National Education Association, and 2017 Bridging the Gap award from the University of Pennsylvania.

Eddy is the subject of the award winning documentary “Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story.” With much gratitude, he is eager to collaborate with new partners in empowering marginalized communities, building racial solidarity and abolishing the prison industrial complex.

Interpretation available: ASL, Chinese, Vietnamese, & Spanish

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