Yie-Hsin Hung and Marco Farsheed (top), speaking at the AAPI Month Townhall with NECC Founder and CEO Vincent Strully and head of the DEI Task Force Fatou Njie-Jallow (bottom)

On May 26, 2021, NECC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force hosted a virtual town hall in recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Members of the NECC community gathered to learn from each other and share stories and experiences. Two of NECC’s Board members—Yie Hsin Hung and Marco Farsheed—shared personal accounts and their perspectives on the work that lies ahead. This event was the first of its kind in celebrating AAPI Month at NECC.

AAPI Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the history, culture, and achievement of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders throughout the United States’ history. In our continued efforts to foster a workplace where every individual feels welcome, accepted, and included, the DEI Task Force was excited to present an open forum with staff throughout the organization together with Board members of diverse backgrounds.

“It is important for Yie-Hsin and Marco to share their perspectives because it shows NECC’s commitment to making everyone feel like they belong, not only from our senior leadership but also from the Board,” Fatou Njie-Jallow (DEI Task Force Chair) said. “It demonstrates our commitment to making NECC a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace at all levels of our organization.”

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