Contact: Susan Rack
United States of America

Ant-Asian sentiment has been far too evident in recent weeks/months.  We welcome Chris Chanyasulkit, PhD and MPH, to our meeting.  An active member of our community, Chris is a Town Meeting member, Women's Commission, and Ass't Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  I know we all are eager to hear her insights and thoughts on next steps.  Meet with us.  Remember this is our evening meeting starting at 6:00PM

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Summary:  "Discrimination, Violence, & Racism against Asian Americans"
Though anti-Asian racism has surged since COVID-19, but racism and violence against Asian Americans have existed long before this pandemic.  Chris Chanyasulkit will provide a brief overview of the anti-Asian racism and xenophobia faced by Asian communities and share ways to be an ally and support the Asian community.
Bio:  Dr. Chris Chanyasulkit holds leadership positions with local, state, regional and national governance and civic engagement organizations, working to promote racial, gender, and health equity. She served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Massachusetts Asian American Commission and the Commission on the Status of Women where she advocated for the needs of Asian Americans and Women throughout the Commonwealth.  She also serves as an adjunct Assistant Professor at Temple University, where she teaches Public Health Advocacy in the College of Public Health and is the Chief Magic Officer & Travel Advisor of Chris Upon A Star Travel, a travel agency specializing in Disney and Universal destinations.   Chris earned a B.A. in Biology and Art History from Boston University, an M.P.H. (with a concentration in maternal and child health care) from the Boston University School of Public Health, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northeastern University, where she conducted research on health disparities. 

In addition to her advocacy and scholarly pursuits, Dr. Chanyasulkit is Immediate Past Chair of the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association (APHA), an elected Library Trustee of the Public Libraries of Brookline, a Brookline Town Meeting Member, a Brookline Community Emergency Response Team member, a Brookline Medical Reserve Corps member, a Brookline Community Foundation Board Member, and a Mentor Mom for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Parent Connection Program.  Chris lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her husband, James, a software engineer, and their three children.   

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