With Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month coming to end this week, we wanted to look back and reflect on the efforts that are being made by our community partners, employees and company to support the AAPI community.
In February, Comcast NBCUniversal and Telemundo 48 partnered with the Asian Pacific Fund to launch the Solidarity Fund providing an initial investment of $100,000. This fund provides grants to organizations working to counter the persistent anti-Asian racism, including support the of the physical and mental wellbeing of survivors, ensuring the safety of seniors, and advocating for racial justice across racial lines. This fund began due to the increase in anti-Asian sentiment and crimes during the pandemic.
For the second year in a row, Comcast NBCUniversal was the presenting sponsor of the API Summit. The summit brought together thought leaders throughout the Bay Area to discuss issues impacting the Bay Area API communities and the nonprofits that are working toward racial justice. You can watch the API Summit here.
In addition, Comcast and NBC Bay Area are presenting the Asian Pacific Fund Summer Speaker Series. Each month speakers will gather virtually to share perspectives on challenges impacting the API community. Learn more about the first installment happening in June here.
“Comcast California was quick to provide support to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in response to hateful attacks and the toll of the pandemic. They partnered with us to launch the Solidarity Fund, which has now raised more than $1 million dollars and present the Virtual API Summit and Summer Speaker Series,” said Audrey Yamamoto, President and Executive Director of Asian Pacific Fund. “We are grateful for the role Comcast plays to support our community during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and year-round.”
Employees at Comcast also celebrated AAPI Heritage Month with weekly events including, Solidarity Over Solitude. The event featured Russell Jeung, Co-Founder of Stop AAPI Hate and Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State, and Audrey Yamamoto. Comcast employees had the opportunity to hear about the history of Asian Americans and how to own the narrative of their Asian American identity.
Comcast is proud to support the AAPI community and to continue to provide resources and opportunities in our workplace and in the communities we serve.