BTC to host 'Racial History of Whatcom County' panel discussion May 9 for APIDA Heritage Month

Panelists from Western Washington University and the Whatcom community will come together to discuss the racial history of our community, why it's important to understand that history, and how we move forward to build an inclusive future. May is Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month, and panelists will highlight some of the key moments of APIDA history in the area.

Can't make it to the event in person? Watch online here.

Students and members of the Western community are invited to gather to watch the event in MCC 735 via Zoom; all are welcome.


Tuesday, May 9

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Settlemyer Hall, BTC's Campus Center Building

Free event with free lunch

Open to all students, employees and the community


Meet the speakers:

Michael Karlberg, Professor of Communications at Western and Co-creator of Bellingham Racial History Timeline

Josh Cerretti, Professor of History and Organizer of Several Bellingham Racial History walking tours

Neah Ingram-Monteiro, a librarian at WWU and former Executive Director of the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center

Vernon Damani Johnson, a community organizer, anti-racist trainer and retired professor of political science and civic education at WWU

To request disability accommodation, contact the Accessibility Resources Office at least seven days in advance at or 360.752.8576.

Racial History of Whatcom County event poster