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Asian Employee Resource Group

Posted On: Friday, August 10, 2018 Posted By: Sibgha Javaid, Intern DIO Tags: Asian Employee Resource Group, Employee Resource Groups

This group provides a support network and knowledge base for Asian and Asian-American employees and patients. It focuses on health and wellness issues, education, personal and professional development for Asians and creating a positive work environment for all.

Bamboo Ceiling The Asian ERG and the Diversity and Inclusion Office hosted an event on May 18, 2017 titled: “"Break the Barriers for Asians: From Health Care Disparities to the Bamboo Ceiling.” The presentation was by Xiaoduo Fan, MD, MPH, MSc, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Psychotic Disorders Program, and Director of the China Mental Health Program. Dr. Fan discussed how Asians are the fastest growing minority in the United States; however there are notable barriers for career development in the workplace for Asians as well as a health care disparity in mental health care for Asian Americans. The bamboo ceiling is a combination of individual, cultural, and organizational factors that impede Asian Americans’ career progress inside organizations (Jane Hyun). Dr. Fan’s talk analyzed the bamboo ceiling and gave strategic measures break the barrier that it poses for Asian Americans.