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COVID-19 and the APIDA Community

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Location: Zoom

Cost: Free

Admission: Open

This event also counts for 1 DICE Credit toward your DICE Certificate. More information about DICE and how to earn credits can be found here:


This event is open to both students and staff of the Ohio State University. Community members are not able to attend this workshop. If you are a community member and are interested in this workshop, please attend our session on April 22nd, 2020.

The global response to COVID-19 has meant a rush on cleaning supplies, food, and above all else, toilet paper. Increasing just as quickly is xenophobia, which is a fear, prejudice or hatred of people from other countries. Unfortunately, throughout history, fear of disease and racism have gone hand in hand.


In the months since COVID-19 has been circulating, Asian-Americans and Asians around the world have experienced heightened levels of verbal and physical aggression. Websites, multiple media outlets and an overwhelming amount of social media has contributed to what some experts care calling an info-demic: widespread sharing of misinformation and misunderstanding of the facts.


The MCC is hosting a community conversation about the impact COVID-19 is having on Asian/Asian American communities in this country and abroad. We'll begin by discussing this NPR podcast and article featuring Erika Lee, a historian at the University of Minnesota who studies history, immigration and epidemics. Please listen to this ahead of time. Our dialogue will then shift to raising awareness of the ways that unconscious (or conscious) bias is impacting our APIDA friends, loved ones and colleagues.


Join us in community as we address this important facet of the COVID-19 pandemic and formulate ways that we can each play a role in interrupting bias and creating safe and inclusive communities.


ZOOM Link Register here


If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Sophia Antoun, Intercultural Specialist for APIDA Student Initiatives at or . Requests made one week in advance of the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

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Sophia Antoun, Intercultural Specialist for APIDA Student Initiatives