Critical Conversations
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Kim Tran, PhD

Consultant and Author

Over the course of history, the oppression of Asian people in this country has remained fundamental to American social structure. Members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community often experience, and are impacted, by this reality. In this session, we will educate ourselves on the long history of the Asian American experience through the model minority myth and other oppressive stereotypes. We will consider the complexities of intersectionality, power, and oppression in the current political landscape. Finally, we will create a tool kit for self-empowerment and develop practical strategies for Asian Americans.

About the Speaker

Kim Tran, PhD, is an anti-oppression strategist who uses a grassroots organizing and transformative justice approach in nonprofit, non-governmental organization, and activist spaces. In 2008, she co-established the first LGBTQ YouthSpace in San Jose, California, for a county of 2 million residents. In 2017, Tran was a core planner for the Hai Ba Trung Organizing School, a racial justice incubator program for Vietnamese Americans. For over a decade, she has supported social impact organizations align their external work and internal values. Her clients include National Center for Lesbian Rights, North Carolina Asian Americans Together, and the Asian Googlers Network. Her work has been featured in Code Switch, Slate, and The New York Times.


March 24, 2021
2:00-3:30pm PDT

Critical Conversations was launched in 2020 as a way for Gladstone community members to challenge and empower themselves by considering different ways of thinking through the lens of others. These discussions will encourage you to reframe or shift your perspective. All community members are encouraged to participate and continue the dialogue outside this forum.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Gladstone, we are committed to providing events and professional development activities that resonate with our community’s diverse members. Our goal is to develop creative programming that encompasses a wide variety of ideas and perspectives to inspire, educate, and engage with everyone within our walls.

We want to effect positive change through our events and activities by providing a platform for discussions on important topics related to increasing diversity and inclusiveness in the sciences.