We Need to Talk Series Panel Series Resumes Nov. 3 and Nov. 15

A picture of a sign which says We Need to Talk
Oct. 12, 2021

The panel series, “We Need To Talk: Conversations on Racism for a More Resilient Las Vegas,” will host two in-person and livestreamed discussions on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 2:30 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 15 at 2:30 p.m. The series is sponsored by the UNLV Libraries and the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.


The Nov. 3 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

The Nov. 15 event is titled: “We Need to Talk About Antisemitism."


Guest Host: Michael Kagan, J.D.
Director, UNLV Immigration Clinic
Joyce Mack Professor of Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV

Guest Panelists

  • Former U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley
  • Rabbi Felipe Goodman, Temple Beth Sholom
  • Jolie Brislin, Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League

Admission Information

Both events are 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.

Recent episodes have been archived on the UNLV Libraries website: https://www.library.unlv.edu/weneedtotalk