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NCORE Webinar Series

It's Complicated: Taking Up Space as Asian American Women in Higher Education


Recorded September 29, 2021  |  Captions and sign language interpretation provided. 

85 min  |  $25.00  |  Purchase this webinar

Webinar Description:

This session should particularly benefit Asian American womxn in higher education who are interested in gathering, reflecting, and sharing strategies for individual and institutional change. Asian American womxn continue to be minoritized, facing microaggressions informed by stereotypes that we are small and demure - silent. But we are here in higher education and we look forward to gathering with you to reflect, brainstorm, and build. In our respective institutions, we face whiteness and invisibilization and in our personal lives we are mothers of multiracial children. 

How do we take up space as gendered and racialized people in higher education? What landscapes do we navigate and how do we do this? How do we work toward health equity and social justice while uplifting each other? The collective identity and experiences of the facilitators span Filipino and Korean/Chinese ethnicities, Nursing and Occupational Therapy health professions programs, Generation X and Baby Boomer, and Second-Generation and Third-Generation Asian Americans. We will have a particular focus on the three R's: Race, Resistance, and Resilience.
Levels of experience: all levels welcome



presenter Claire Vladerama-Wallace

Claire Valderama-Wallace, PhD, MPH, RN; Assistant Professor, School of Nursing; California State University, East Bay

Claire Valderama-Wallace’s journey has taken her from physiology (UCLA) to public health (George Washington University) to nursing (UCSF and UC Davis) in classrooms, clinical settings, public health organizations, harm reduction organizations, and organizing spaces. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at California State University, East Bay, where she teaches Community Health Nursing, Community Engagement, and Epidemiology and Social Inequities. She is the MSN Program Coordinator, co-chairs the department's Dismantling Racism in Nursing Education task force, and convenes the university's Indigenous Acknowledgement Collective. She is also a member of GABRIELA Oakland, a grassroots Filipino women's organization fighting for the liberation of Filipino women throughout the diaspora, with the knowledge that no one is free until we're all free. A vision for anti-imperialist and anti-racist nursing education, research, policy, and practice guides her pedagogy, service, and scholarship.



presenter Beth Ching

Elizabeth "Beth" Ching, OTD, M.Ed., BSOT, OTR/L; Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy; Samuel Merritt University

Elizabeth “Beth” Ching is a Third Generation Korean Chinese American born in Vallejo, California and has been an occupational therapist since 1985. Beth has been committed to working with underserved populations throughout her career. She has presented at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE) about reducing health disparities and mentoring Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) youth to enter the health professions. She also held the SMU Faculty Diversity Coordinator position in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Ching has published in the Journal of Cultural Diversity, Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, Journal of Diversity and Equality in Health and Care; she has co-authored “Psychosocial and Cognitive Issues Affecting Therapy” in Neurorehabilitation for the Physical Therapist Assistant (2021). Dr. Ching was honored to receive the 2021 Faculty of the Year Award at SMU.