Chef Mahesh Pradhan and his attorney Arthur Kim talk about the lawsuit they have filed against Azusa Pacific University, in which they allege that Mahesh Pradhan was subjected to repeated physical violence and verbal abuse by other APU employees. (Intro: Nashville Nonsense)
On Monday November 6, 2017, students, faith leaders, and national LGBTQ organizations came together to host a prayer vigil in support of Mahesh Pradhan, an Azusa Pacific University employee who was assaulted by his supervisor and targeted with anti-gay epithets and violence. The prayer vigil was also intended to bring awareness to ongoing LGBTQ issues on campus. Local pastors, current students, Mr. Pradhan’s attorney Arthur Kim, and Mr. Pradhan himself spoke publicly about how this event has impacted them and why it’s crucial for the university to reconcile with the LGBTQ community and protect victims of harassment regardless of their identity. This vigil’s purpose was two-fold: first, to demand justice for Mr. Pradhan and more accountability for all people subject to forms of violence within the institution; and second, to demand equal rights for LGBTQ students on campus, which includes an official LGBTQ club, amending Student Handbook clauses which discriminate against LGBTQ students, and having mandatory LGBTQ specific diversity training for incoming freshmen and all staff/faculty.