Mae M. Ngai is a professor of Asian American studies and history at Columbia University. Her area of study is U.S. legal and political history with a particular interest in immigration, citizenship and nationalism. She wrote an April piece in The Atlantic titled “Racism Has Always Been Part of the Asian American Experience.”
Sumie Okazaki is a professor of applied psychology at New York University. Okazaki researches the impact of immigration, social and culture change, and race on Asian and Asian American teens, young adults and parents.
Urgen Sherpa is the president of the United Sherpa Association. The organization launched a food program in April 2020 as the coronavirus spread throughout its New York City borough.
Susan Scheer is the chief executive of the Institute for Career Development in Manhattan. Individuals with disabilities are among the clients the organization serves.
David Schuck is a rabbi at Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle, New York. He also is an adjunct lecturer in the Jewish Theological Seminary’s professional and pastoral skills department of the rabbinical school.
Dr. Kathy Shear is the founder and director of the Center for Complicated Grief at the Columbia School of Social Work. She is an internist and a psychiatrist.
The Rev. Jon A. Overvold is president of the board of directors for the Association of Professional Chaplains. He is the manager of pastoral care and education at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. Overvold is also an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Imam Saad Jalloh is the spiritual leader of the Islamic Cultural Center of New York. Throughout the pandemic, he has offered support for those caring for the sick and dying at local hospitals.
George A. Bonanno is professor of clinical psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. He also is director of the college’s Loss, Trauma and Emotion Lab. Bonanno wrote The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss.