In honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Glendale Unified School District is organizing a speaker series during the month of May featuring dynamic members of our AAPI community to inspire our young leaders of tomorrow.The theme for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021 is "Advancing Leaders Through Purpose-Driven Service."
AAPI Speaker Series: May 26, 2021
Topic: "Dare to Dream: Chasing Your Passions Even Through Failure and Rejection"
Christine is an experienced and award-winning communications professional, with 20 years of experience working in San Diego, Fresno, and San Francisco. She earned her B.A. in Mass Communications from UC Berkeley and her M.A. in Mass Communications and Journalism from Fresno State, where she taught broadcast writing and production to undergraduates.
Her first career as a TV News Anchor and Reporter spanned 15 years, during which she served the Bay Area and Central California as an avid storyteller, focusing on the consumer and business beat. She earned six Emmy Awards from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2016 she made a big career move into school public relations, and she is currently the Chief Communications Officer for the Poway Unified School District in San Diego. She is still an award-winning storyteller, but focusing now on education, community, and families. She also oversees a high school internship program, training future journalists and filmmakers, and serves on the board for the California School Public Relations Association. Christine is a newly published author, with the debut of “The Girl in the Gold Dress,” a children’s picture book released in May 2021 for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. She is passionate about depicting Asian Americans in a respectful, beautiful, and educational way. You can learn more about her book at www.christinepaik.com. The book will be released this month in celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Christine is a second-generation Korean American wife and mother of two teenagers, living in San Diego. She grew up all over Southern California, including Glendale!
AAPI Speaker Series: May 12, 2021
Topic: "How to Build a Safer Community at School and Neighbor to Neighbor"
Susan Park is the Executive Director of Asian Americans for Housing and Environmental Justice, a non-profit organization that she started in February of last year. As American came to grips with covid-19 and an uncertain world, she wanted to take steps to create safer communities for all. She grew up in Los Angeles, where 6 generations of her family have lived. She is bilingual in English and Korean. She also speaks a little Spanish and French.Asian Americans for Housing and Environmental Justice advocates for in-language, culturally competent direct aid, support, and services for low-income BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color).