Actors Maulik Pancholy and Randall Park, and Teach For America’s Sarah Ha Set for COVID-19 CONVOS: Rising Above Bullying & Hate Webinar on April 17

Updated: 4/18/20

There are 100+ cases of #discrimination being reported DAILY by #AsianAmerican people. Lack of inclusion in mainstream media and curriculum, in addition to the irrational fears surrounding #COVID19, is increasing #AntiAsianRacism at an alarming rate.

To combat this, ACT TO CHANGE is organizing a virtual #CovidConvos series. Join the second webinar in the series, with actors Maulik Pancholy and Randall Park, and Teach For America’s Sarah Ha. The webinar is on Friday, April 17 at 10am PT, 1pm ET. RSVP:

This chat is perfect for all, including students, parents, educators, community members, and anyone interested in ways to combat the hate. If you’re virtual schooling, consider making this part of the class day.

Act To Change is a public awareness campaign working to address bullying, including in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

Kids and teens are bullied in schools all across the country. Unfortunately, many AAPI youth who are bullied face unique cultural, religious, and language barriers that can keep them from getting help.

This campaign aims to empower you—students, families, educators—with the knowledge and tools you need to help stop and prevent bullying in your communities. Bullying is a problem that affects us all and we must act together to put an end to it.

Post on social media, check out resources in your language, and take the pledge today to commit to #ActToChange.

Maulik Pancholy is an award-winning actor whose career has spanned hit television shows, animated series, the Broadway stage, and films. He played Alec Baldwin’s intrepid assistant Jonathan on the Emmy®, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning NBC comedy 30 Rock, and Sanjay on the Showtime hit series Weeds. He also played Neal on the NBC comedy Whitney, and his numerous recurring and guest starring roles include The Good Fight, Dynasty, Star Trek: Discovery, Elementary, Friends from College, The Good Wife , Web Therapy, The Comeback, The Sopranos, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. For his work on television, he has been nominated for and won the Screen Actors Guild Award on multiple occasions.

Pancholy has entertained both children and adults as the voice of Baljeet on the Emmy® award-winning Disney animated series Phineas & Ferb, and as the title voice of Sanjay on Nickelodeon’s Sanjay & Craig. He has appeared in blockbuster films such as Hitch and 27 Dresses, and his many theater credits include starring on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick and Martin Short in Terrence McNally’s It’s Only A Play, and playing opposite Ed Harris in David Rabe’s Good For Otto.

He served on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and he is the cofounder of the anti-bullying campaign Act to Change. Maulik lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his husband, Ryan, and his dog, T-Rex.

Instagram: @maulikpancholy
Twitter: @maulikpancholy

Randall Park is an actor, writer, and director. He was born and raised in Los Angeles. He is known for his role as Louis Huang in Fresh Off The Boat, which earned him a 2016 Critics Choice nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. He also co-wrote and starred with Ali Wong in the Netflix film, Always Be My Maybe. Randall’s film credits also include Ant-Man and the Wasp, Office Christmas Party, Snatched, The Interview, and others. His TV credits also include VeepWet Hot American Summer: First Day of CampThe OfficeNew GirlCurb Your EnthusiasmHouseThe Mindy ProjectCold CaseCSIReno 911!Wild ‘N Out and The Sarah Silverman Program. He won a Best Actor Award at the 2010 NBC’s Short Cuts Film Festival for the short Blueberry, which he also wrote. He is also the recipient of the 2011 CAPE New Writers Award for an original pilot he wrote entitled Erasists.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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