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Past Let's Talk Unity Events

RESOURCES for Navigating the Wave of COVID-19 anti-Asian Violence

 

Ithaca Asian American Association (IAAA): https://ithacaasian.org/

Grace Chapel's Pastoral Response to Anti-Asian Violence: https://youtu.be/be38Pk394Sg

 

PBS' The Asian Americans Documentary: https://www.pbs.org/show/asian-americans/

 

Korean-American Panel on Race by Mustard Seed Generation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brzeNo3zA1M

 

Asian American Christian Collaborative: https://www.asianamericanchristiancollaborative.com/
 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice: https://www.advancingjustice-aajc.org/
 

Stop AAPI Hate: https://stopaapihate.org/

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Community Faith Partners is taking the lead to encourage our community to be a part of the solution to the rise in anti-Asian violence. Join us for a candid discussion on how we can be a part of the solution to end anti-Asian violence.

OUR PANELISTS

 

 

 

Dr. Josephine C. McAllister

Dr. Josephine C. McAllister, MD, FAAD is a Dermatologist, a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD), a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology (board-certified in Dermatology), President of the Central New York Dermatology Society, and President of the Tompkins County Medical Society.  As the founder of Dermatology Associates of Ithaca, Dr. McAllister is committed to providing excellence in dermatologic care to patients of all ages, all skin colors, and all ethnicities.  She has been a Panelist for Community Faith Partners' Let's Talk Unity Webinar on Racial Reconciliation. Dr. McAllister sees her work in racial reconciliation as an extension of her calling as a physician to love one's neighbor as oneself.  As a community member and mother of a child with special needs, Dr. McAllister seeks to help build a community in which all people are welcomed, valued, and given equal opportunities to contribute and thrive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephan Teng

Stephan Teng is an InterVarsity staff worker for the Asian American InterVarsity Fellowship at Cornell. Initially headed for a career in investigating human trafficking cases, he studied and graduated from NYU with a Bachelor's in Chemistry and a Master's in Psychology (forensic). He has experience in the Chinese church communities as well as in 10 years in Asian American ministry.

Dr. Eun-Ah

Dr. Eun-Ah Kim was born in Jeonju in 1975. She graduated from Seoul National University in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in physics and earned a master's degree there in 2000. She completed her Ph.D. in 2005 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her dissertation, Quantum Hall Tunnel Junctions: Luttinger Liquid Physics, Quantum Coherence Effect, and Fractional Quantum Numbers, was supervised by Eduardo Fradkin.  She is interested in high-temperature superconductivitytopological orderstrange metals, and the use of neural network-based machine learning to recognize patterns in these systems. Currently, she is a professor of physics at Cornell University.

Dr. Robin Ying

Dr. Robin Ying received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at Cornell last November, but alongside his 6-years of Ph.D. work he has served as an elder at the Vineyard and as volunteer staff with InterVarsity in NY/NJ. As a Taiwanese-American who grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood, and whose Asian-American friends were largely 4th or 5th generation and didn't speak a lick of their native tongue, he has both navigated his own ethnic journey and helped others navigate theirs in order to more faithfully bring their whole, authentic selves in submission to Christ. In healing, pain has led to compassion and power has led to advocacy and one of his most important guiding principles comes from the founder of the Vineyard movement, John Wimber, who said "in the kingdom of God, everyone gets to play". 

OUR MODERATOR

Mr. Cal Walker

Cal is an Alabama native and has lived in Ithaca, NY for over forty years.

He is a co-founder of the Village at Ithaca whose mission is to advocate for excellence and equity in Ithaca’s public schools. The organization has been recognized locally and statewide for its work in expanding educational opportunity, increasing access, and furthering the cause of social justice in the community.

Cal has been actively involved with many local organizations, including serving on several boards, chairing campaigns, and in various advisory roles. He served as a deacon at his church for nearly 30 years. Cal and Glenda have four biological children, six grandchildren and, over the past 20 years, have welcomed 52 other children into their home as foster parents.

 

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REIMAGINING POLICING

Reimagining Policing requires honest dialogue between law officers and the community. It cannot occur overnight, but change can occur when everyone comes to the table and is heard. Russell said, "So it takes all of us, all of us. And when I say community, I'm talking about everything that makes up a community..." 

Watch Video

Lt. Colonel Melvin T. Russell

 

Melvin is Chief of the Community Partnership Division, Baltimore Police Department. Russell joined The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) in 1979 as a police cadet and graduated from the BPD academy in 1981 as the first and only African American class valedictorian.

Russell worked both as a uniform patrol and then an undercover officer for 20 years before re-emerging as an Eastern District Lieutenant in 2007. In this position, Russell turned the worse midnight patrol shift in the city to the best in 3 months and was promoted to Major of the Eastern District 11 months later. It was during this time as Major that Russell created the non-profit “Transformation Team” (TTT), a grassroots organization of community shareholders that are committed to working together to make a better Baltimore.

In January 2013, Russell was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and created the Community Partnership Division.

View Russell's Ted talk. Melvin T. Russell Ted Talk.

 

 

 

 

 

Elijah Grubb

 

Elijah is part of the leadership team at the Vineyard Church of Ithaca. Before moving to the Ithaca area, he served in the U.S. Air Force as an Arabic Linguist and subsequently completed degrees in Biblical Languages and Theology. He has been employed as a law enforcement officer since 2014, during which time he has served as a patrolman and most recently as a member of a full-time tactical team.

 

OUR MODERATOR:

Cal Walker

 

Cal is an Alabama native and has lived in Ithaca, NY for over forty years.

He is a co-founder of the Village at Ithaca whose mission is to advocate for excellence and equity in Ithaca’s public schools. The organization has been recognized locally and statewide for its work in expanding educational opportunity, increasing access, and furthering the cause of social justice in the community.

Cal has been actively involved with many local organizations, including serving on several boards, chairing campaigns, and in various advisory roles. He served as a deacon at his church for nearly 30 years. Cal and Glenda have four biological children, six grandchildren and, over the past 20 years, have welcomed 52 other children into their home as foster parents.

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