We are excited to let everyone who will be joining us for the virtual edition of #ImReady2020 ! This is just the start, so stay tuned for more! We hope you can join us on November 7 +8 at 10am-12:30 PST . Register here: tinyurl.com/aapiwl2020 .
Haleema Bharoocha is a Gen Z activist and first-gen South Asian American. She serves as the Advocacy Manager at Alliance for GIrls where she advocates to meet the expressed needs of girls and gender expansive youth. Outside of work, Haleema volunteers with South Asians for Black Lives, a volunteer run program focused on calling in the South Asian community to dismantle anti-Blackness and join the racial solidarity movement through awareness and education work. She also facilitates equity-focused workshops for advocates on topics including bystander intervention, Islamophobia, equity, and gender justice and has trained over 700 people. She envisions a world where communities of color have access to the resources they need to thrive. learn more here.
Kalei is faculty at the University of Washington School of Social Work. Kalei is born and raised in rural Hawaiʻi, as a descendant of Hawaiian (Kanaka Māoli) and Japanese American (sansei generation) ancestry. She has been an activist, therapist, and researcher in the U.S.-based, violence against women movement for 45 years, and is committed to a world of justice from an intersectional standpoint as an indigenous lesbian of color.
Director of EPIC, Tavae Samuelu is the daughter of a pastor from Leulumoega and a nurse from Saleimoa in Sāmoa. As the Executive Director of Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC), she’s a passionate advocate for Native Hawaiians & Pacific Islanders and is committed to liberation for all. Tavae was born and raised in Long Beach and moved to the Bay to attend UC Berkeley where she majored in Ethnic Studies. Before joining EPIC, she served as the Development Director for the RYSE Youth Center in Richmond and has since become a member of RYSE’s Board of Directors. The pandemic has taught her that her most important title is Aunty Vae.
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With love and gratitude,
AAPI Women Lead Team