Thursday, July 15
Opening Plenary - Standing in Solidarity: A Frank Conversation about Anti-Asian Hate
Thursday, July 15
8:30 pm - 9:45 pm


  • Aerica Banks (Moderator) Founder and Principal, Shiso LLC
  • Stewart Kwoh (Speaker) President Emeritus, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles
  • Sindy Benavides (Speaker) Chief Executive Officer, League of United Latin American Citizens
  • Eric Tang (Speaker) Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin
  • Hilary Shelton (Speaker) Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy, NAACP


This opening plenary brings together leaders from both the AAPI and Black/Brown communities to discuss the importance of solidarity and allyship in the fight against the rise in anti-Asian violence. Panelists will also provide a historical context between the communities and focus on tangible action steps to move forward together as a community in tackling hate.

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