The public is invited to “Combatting Racism and Discrimination: A Community Town Hall” at UNLV’s Philip J. Cohen Theatre in the Student Union on Friday, June 3, 6-8 p.m.
The free event is hosted by the Clark County Asian-American Pacific Islanders Community Commission in partnership with the UNLV Filipinx American Student Association. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Parking is free and attendees may park in any staff, student or metered parking spot. Lot D is closest to the event venue. A map: https://www.unlv.edu/maps/parking/lots/lot-d.
The purpose of the event is to educate the community about intolerance, xenophobia and anti-Asian sentiment, organizers said.
The panel will share their experiences with racism and discuss how to move forward and “fight back.” Questions from the audience will be entertained. Panelists include Jai Marshall of No Racism in Schools; Cecia Alvarado of Somos Votantes (We’re Voters); Dr. Crystal Lee of United Natives; André Wade, Silver State Equality State Director; and Raina Ladislao of Katao School. Moderating will be Athar Haseebullah, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada.
Clark County’s 15-member Asian-American Pacific Islanders Community Commission was established in July 2019 and tasked with several jobs, including (1) identifying the social and economic needs peculiar to each Asian/Pacific Islander ethnic group and all the groups combined, (2) hosting a resource conference addressing those needs, and (3) conducting a feasibility study for the development of a cultural center. The group meets monthly. The board members are civic leaders, business owners and students across multiple AAPI backgrounds.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 7th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.