Lecture / Reading

Heyns Forum: Perspectives on Anti-Asian American Racism, Faith and Identity

Sponsored by Office for Religious & Spiritual Life


Thursday, January 28, 2021
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
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The Stanford Office for Religious and Spiritual Life invites you to the Roger W. Heyns Forum on Religion and Society 2021. The Heyns program is an annual event that features major speakers focusing on problems and challenges in religion and community. Heyns, who was a resident of Atherton, was a member of the Stanford Memorial Church congregation from 1977 until his death in 1995. He served as chancellor at the University of California at Berkeley from 1965 to 1971. The program honors Heyns on his retirement after 16 years as a board member of the James Irvine Foundation.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has fueled the rise of the existing issue of anti-Asian/Asian American racism in the United States. As we witness America’s reckoning with racism in our society, this forum is intended to be a thought-provoking and educational discussion on the intersection of faith and Asian American activism in our own communities and at the national level. The panelists will discuss the role of faith communities in navigating issues of racial inequality.


  • David Kaleo Woo, Spiritual Care Provider at Homeboy Industries & Buddhist seminarian
  • Najeeba Syeed, Associate Professor, Muslim and Interreligious Studies at Chicago Theological Seminary & Director of the Center for Global Peacebuilding
  • Sunny Kang, Senior Pastor of United University Church – Hope on Union, Los Angeles, Religious Director & Advisor to Progressive Christians at USC


  • Laura Mariko Cheifetz, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Vocation, and Stewardship, Vanderbilt University

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