Grassi Team Member Shares His Perspective

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, celebrating the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States. In recognition, Grassi’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council asked technology consulting Partner Hassan Kahn to share how we can be better allies to the AAPI community and what actionable steps we can take to support and stand in solidarity with AAPI individuals.


“Being a better ally to the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community involves actively supporting and standing in solidarity with AAPI individuals. Here are some actionable steps you can take to be a better ally:

Education: Take the initiative to learn about the history, experiences, and issues faced by the AAPI community. Read books, articles, and reliable sources, and watch documentaries or movies that provide insights into AAPI culture, contributions, and challenges. Educating yourself is crucial in understanding the unique experiences and perspectives of AAPI individuals.

Listen and Amplify AAPI Voices: Actively listen to the experiences and stories of AAPI individuals. Allow them to share their perspectives and challenges without interruption or invalidation. Use your platform, whether social media, your workplace, or your personal circles, to amplify AAPI voices and share their narratives. Center their experiences and uplift their achievements.

Engage in Allyship Organizations: Get involved with organizations that promote AAPI rights and well-being. Volunteer your time, donate, or support initiatives geared towards addressing the specific needs of the AAPI community. You can contribute to their mission and support their advocacy efforts by actively participating in these organizations.

Check-In and Offer Support: Reach out to your AAPI friends, colleagues, or neighbors and check in with them regularly. Show genuine concern for their well-being and offer your support. Engage in conversations about their experiences and challenges and provide a safe space for them to express their feelings.

Cultivate Cultural Sensitivity: Educate yourself about the diverse cultures within the AAPI community. Be respectful and mindful of cultural differences, customs, and traditions. Avoid generalizations and assumptions about individuals based on their ethnicity or nationality.

Collaborate and Build Alliances: Foster connections and collaborations between different communities and organizations. Seek opportunities to collaborate on projects or initiatives promoting inclusivity, diversity, and mutual understanding. Building alliances can strengthen collective efforts in addressing systemic issues and promoting social change.

Remember that being an ally is an ongoing process of learning, unlearning, and taking action. It requires continuous self-reflection, empathy, and active engagement.”


Thank you, Hassan, for sharing your perspective on how to be a better ally to the AAPI community.