MIAMI – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency tasked with enforcing laws against employment discrimination and harassment, announced today that it is hosting a free virtual event on May 20.

“Civility for All: Navigating the Impact of COVID-19 on the Asian American Community” is open to the public. Capacity is limited.

EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows will be the keynote speaker and will address the Commission’s recent resolution condemning the violence, harassment and acts of bias against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).

Laura Shin, acting executive director for the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), will speak on the purpose, mission and priorities of WHIAAPI and the important work being done across the nation to prevent the alarming and increased rates of anti-Asian harassment and violence during COVID-19.

Other experts who will discuss the topics of race and national origin discrimination include Davis Kim, principal legal advisor, and Lucila G. Rosas, senior attorney advisor, both from the Office of EEOC Chair Burrows.

The webinar will include a dialogue with panelists Justin Lock, special assistant for Asian American Pacific Islander issues, U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service, San Francisco; Jacinta Ma, director, EEOC Office of Communications and Legislative Affairs, Washington; and Robin S. Toma, president, International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA) and executive director of the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, Los Angeles.

The EEOC’s Birmingham and Miami District offices have jointly organized this event.  

“We are honored that Chair Burrows has agreed to be our keynote speaker and look forward to this rare opportunity to hear from our agency’s head on this critical topic confronting our nation,” said EEOC Birmingham District Director Bradley Anderson and EEOC Miami District Director Paul Valenti in a joint statement. “To have the opportunity to hear firsthand from this combination of experts with such a wealth and breadth of experience is unparalleled. We are proud to offer an event that is sure to have a profound, positive impact on workplaces everywhere.”

Closed captioning and ASL services will be available. SHRM, HRCI and CLE credits are not provided for this event.  

To register for this virtual event go to: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Capacity is limited. Other information may be obtained by contacting Birmingham District Outreach & Education Coordinator Teri Peters at (704) 777-8819 / or Miami District Outreach & Education Coordinator Elaine McArthur at (813) 710-9352 /

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