We Need to Talk About AAPI Inclusion


Nov. 3, 2021, 2:30pm to 4pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

UNLV’s Greenspun Hall Auditorium, First Floor


The panel series, “We Need To Talk: Conversations on Racism for a More Resilient Las Vegas,” will host an in-person and livestreamed discussion on Wed., Nov. 3 at 2:30 p.m. The series is sponsored by the UNLV Libraries and the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.

The next discussion is titled " “We Need to Talk About AAPI Inclusion."

The Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community represents one of the fastest growing populations in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada. Yet, Asian-Americans have long encountered prejudice and discrimination with their experiences often going unnoticed and their accomplishments dismissed. This panel discussion will cover why understanding and learning more about AAPI history, achievements and aspirations is vital to creating a more inclusive society. 

Topics will include defining inclusivity, the AAPI community’s positive impact in Nevada, and ways to combat anti-Asian hate sentiments.

 “We Need to Talk About AAPI Inclusion,” will be held in-person and will be livestreamed.

“We Need to Talk” is an educational series which examines how multiple aspects of systemic racism impact our community. The goal is to propose steps communities and individuals can take to affect positive change. The series features Southern Nevada community members, UNLV alumni, and researchers surrounding issues of race and systemic racism. 

Guest Host: Mark Padoongpatt, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies; Interdisciplinary Studies, and Director of Asian & Asian American Studies, UNLV


Kathy Sisolak, Nevada’s First Lady

Jean Munson, NEW Leadership Nevada Program Coordinator, UNLV’s Women’s Research Institute of Nevada

Craig Valdez, Chair of the Clark County AAPI Community Commission

Radhika Kunnel, a co-founder of the South Asian Women's Alliance

An additional panel will be held on Nov. 15. Details forthcoming.



Admission Information

Free and open to the public. Audience members are required to wear masks inside the building and inside the auditorium during the entirety of the event.

Contact Information

UNLV Libraries
Su Kim Chung

External Sponsor

The series is sponsored by the UNLV Libraries and the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.