April 21, 2021
Panelists will focus on solidarity work across Black, Latinx, APIDA and Native communities. During this hourlong session, speakers will share their expertise and discuss why our communities must come together and advocate for various issues. Attendees will have a deeper understanding of the richness and complexity of coalition building and will be inspired to learn more about ways to get involved.
Adriana Ayala (Chicana Latina Foundation)
Ayala has more than 20 years experience in higher education as a professor and administrator. She taught students at the community college and four-year university levels and was a trusted leader at several universities. She served as interim dean of student success at Evergreen Valley College, and department chair of liberal studies and general education and vice provost at the National Hispanic University San José, the only Latinx-serving institution west of the Mississippi. Ayala is a member and former two-term national chair of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. Ayala’s educational accomplishments are vast and include a PhD and M.A. in history from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in history with a minor in ethnic studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research interests include borderland history, ethno-racial relations in the U.S. and Chicana/o history. Ayala is committed to guiding the next generation of leaders and has mentored many young women and helped them find their voice and their place in the community.
M. Bilal Nasir (Pomona College)
Nasir is a Chau Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies at Pomona College. He researches 21st century transformations to race and policing from the perspective of Muslim American anti-surveillance activists in greater Los Angeles, California. Nisar is working on a book manuscript based on this research titled, The LAboratory: Surveillance, Race, and Islam in the City of Angels.
Lolofi Soakai (MALO)
Soakai is executive director and founder of MALO–Motivating Action Leadership Opportunity, a nonprofit organization that serves Tongan Americans in the Inland Empire area through youth mentorship, job readiness, resource literacy and cultural events. As an underserved and underrepresented subgroup of Pacific Islanders, Tongan Americans lead this new nonprofit and work to create connections to their longtime community and share culture with others in hopes of keeping the Tongan culture alive. Soakai has a bachelor's degree in criminology from the University of La Verne and a master's in ethical leadership from Claremont Lincoln University.
Co-sponsors: Office of Institutional Diversity, Office of Black Student Affairs, Chicano Latino Student Affairs, Black Lives at Mudd, ASHMC Diversity Directors and Asian American Resource Center.