Above: Director of Intercultural Affairs Kristine Din, who is organizing this year's IGNITE Conference.

The IGNITE Conference helps cultivate a culture of belonging at Stonehill by offering students, faculty, staff and others a venue to share programs, curriculum ideas, teaching practices, student experiences, and leadership development practices.

Nadia Kim
Nadia Kim

Thanks to arrangements made by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice, Nadia Y. Kim, a professor of Asian and Asian American Studies (and, by courtesy, sociology) at Loyola Marymount University, will serve as keynote speaker. Her research focuses on United States race and citizenship injustices concerning Korean/Asian Americans and South Koreans, race and nativist racism in Los Angeles (e.g., 1992 LA Unrest), immigrant women activists, environmental racism and classism, and comparative racialization of Latinxs, Asian Americans, and Black Americans.

Throughout her work, Kim’s approach centers (neo)imperialism, transnationality, and the intersectionality of race, gender, class, and citizenship. Kim is author of the multi-award-winning Imperial Citizens: Koreans and Race from Seoul to LA; of the multi-award-winning Refusing Death: Immigrant Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice in LA, which chronicles the embodied, emotive, and citizenship politics of Asian and Latin immigrant women’s fight for cleaner air in LA; and of award-winning journal articles on race and assimilation and on racial attitudes.

Kim has also long organized on issues of immigrant rights, affirmative action, and environmental justice, some of which she has incorporated into her research. She and/or her work have also appeared (inter)nationally on National Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio, Radio Korea, and local TV news and in  The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Korea Times, NYLON Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and elsewhere. 

This event is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Affairs