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Seminar on Asian American Experience

With the current rise of anti-Asian violence that has tragically shaken our country to its core, Dr. Xavier Hernandez, Diversity Education Officer in the UCI Health Affairs Office of Education, has developed a new workshop seminar that addresses the history of the Asian American experience and emphasizes the need for intersectional allyship. The workshop emphasizes the current need to explore racism as a social determinant of health and wellbeing, and also illustrates the intersections of identities that are crucial to building bridges toward effective change.

View a recording of the seminar here.


a collage of seminar screens

Above: A sampling of the seminar screens


Meet Dr. Xavier Hernandez
Diversity Education Officer, UCI Health Affairs, Office of Education

Greetings to the UCI community! My name is Xavier Hernandez and I am the inaugural Diversity Education Officer for the Health Affairs Office of Education. I am a proud alumnus of UCI (B.A. in Criminology, Law, & Society) so it is a great honor to return to UCI as a staff member in this vital role.

My educational training lies within the humanities and social sciences – an M.A. in Asian American Studies and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies. With these interdisciplinary lenses, I aspire to amplify diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts throughout the College of Health Sciences that bolster UCI as a leader in academic medicine. My foundational philosophy is that diversity is not something that should be treated as external or extra-curricular to our work. Rather, it is a necessary aspect of everything that we do, and motivates us to innovate and serve our increasingly diverse communities whether they be our patients, students, or employees.

I am the lead facilitator of the Health Equity Certificate Program, a 2-quarter professional development course that is open to faculty, staff, and students from throughout COHS. This Spring, the inaugural cohort of the certificate program will graduate 100+ participants. The dedication of these individuals to attend their course meetings and engage in productive and candid dialogue with their fellow participants has been truly inspiring. I invite all members of the COHS community to participate in this program in the 2021-22 academic year.

I look forward to the opportunity to learn more about your individual and collective aspirations as fellow members of the COHS community. My door is always open to you!