As we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, local broadcasters are shining a light on diversity, equity and inclusion issues that are relevant to our communities and the people who are working towards a brighter future.

Earlier this week, NAB held the second installment of the Connect to Congress series, a special event with Sen. Tammy Duckworth (IL). Connect to Congress provides an exclusive forum for broadcasters to deepen their engagement with policymakers. It is an extension of broadcasters’ commitment to engaging with policymakers on diversity, equity and inclusion topics and provides a platform for broadcasters to gain insights about our business and how they can better serve their communities.

Hosted by NAB Chief Diversity Officer Michelle Duke, Sen. Duckworth spoke to ABC7 Chicago news anchor Judy Hsu about her perspectives on broadcast media along with key initiatives she’s leading to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.

“Broadcasters have been vital in building public support and addressing this as a national crisis,” said Sen. Duckworth when asked how broadcasters can help to raise awareness of hate crimes directed toward Asian Americans. “There is simply no substitute for providing the public with the human stories that make everyone understand why these horrific incidents targeting fellow Americans are so tragic and disturbing,” she added.

NAB members can watch the archived conversation now, and stay tuned for the next Connect to Congress event.