November 19, 2020

Join actor Hudson Yang for Classroom Convos, a Student-focused Webinar Presented by McDonald’s and Act To Change

The webinar will cover topics including bullying, discrimination, which are currently impacting APIA students

(CHICAGO, Ill.) – Nov. 19, 2020 – Tune in to Classroom Convos with actor Hudson Yang and McDonald’s for an end of semester chat covering topics currently impacting Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students. The webinar will take place on December 5 at 5 pm ET and be presented in partnership with Act To Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending bullying among APIA youth.

With the APIA community continuing to face COVID-related challenges, spanning discrimination and economic hardship – with one-in-five likely to be unemployed, according to Pew Research Center – this webinar will touch upon bullying, discrimination, and financial literacy. In addition to Yang, other speakers will include actor, author and Act To Change co-founder Maulik Pancholy; an anti-bias anti-racist educator and consultant Liz Kleinrock; an APIA Scholars representative; and digital content creators Shan Rizwan and Kaiti Yoo. Speakers will share personal experiences, while also providing tried and true advice and best practices to help students who are facing these issues. 

“As an Asian American kid, I've faced bullying and discrimination and, during COVID, so have a lot of people I know,” said Yang. “The only way we can make these issues go away is to talk about them, and to listen to people who've experienced them. Thank you to McDonald’s for their support in fostering this conversation.”

“There’s no doubt it’s been a difficult year for students and we’re happy to help bring Classroom Convos to our community,” said Willie Cho, a Seattle, WA-based McDonald’s Owner/Operator and Owner/Operator Marketing Committee Lead. “It’s beneficial and encouraging for students to hear directly from experts and other students on how to navigate a different kind of school year.”

In partnership with its owner/operators, Classroom Convos is one of several ways McDonald’s is supporting APIA students on their educational journeys and creating opportunities with an even greater focus on equity and inclusion. This includes the recently announced McDonald’s/APIA Scholarship Program and the Education Workshop series that were held virtually to arm APIA students and parents with timely information on the current education landscape.

Students and parents can register for Classroom Convos here: acttochange.org/semester-end

McDonald’s is serving up bright futures, by providing opportunities for education in the communities it serves through programs like the HACER® National Scholarship for Hispanic students and the McDonald’s Black and Positively Golden Scholarships for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. McDonald’s has also increased education access to over 55,000 and awarded more than $100M in tuition assistance for restaurant employees through Archways to Opportunity.

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