EDI Scholars-in-Residence: “Antiracism is Action-Oriented” with Hieu Pham-Fraser


In this session, Hieu Pham-Fraser will build on the learning from “The Role of Microaggressions in Racism”. Audience members will be invited to deepen their learning about microaggressions and how to interrupt it. Participants will work in small groups to examine case studies and co-create strategies to begin the healing process for communities that have been harmed by racist behaviours.

Hieu Pham-Fraser

Hieu Pham-Fraser has worked as an educator for over 27 years. She is currently a District Principal supporting schools in the area of equity, diversity and inclusion in the Metro Vancouver area. To do anti-racism work in schools, Hieu draws from her own lived experience; her work with English language learners; and the multiple roles she has taken on as an educator in the public K-12 school system. Hieu believes that anti-racism work is an action-oriented framework and that everyone can be successful in sharing the responsibility to create and maintain diverse and inclusive spaces for all.

Hieu wrote The Little Girl because she saw a need for our society to understand what systemic racism can look like, sound like and feel like, even for very young children. This book is enjoyed by many children aged 2 to 18, especially children of Asian descent as they can see themselves represented in stories. However, the lessons go much deeper for many adults as themes of microaggressions, structural racism and implicit bias can be reflected after reading this book.

Hieu lives in Richmond with her husband, son and their dog, Cocoa. When she isn’t working, she enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with her good, critical friends who push her to think deeper and laugh harder.


Pena Room at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s Peña Room (RM 301).

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