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COMMUNITY · May 25th, 2021

Robby Rajan: Celebrating Asian American Heritage

by Robby Rajan

DIRECTOR OF DIVISIONAL OPERATIONS, NVA COMPASSION-FIRST

At NVA, we believe that engaging and amplifying different voices encourages us all to learn and thrive. In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we asked teammates from around our community to share their personal journeys. Robby Rajan is a Director of Group Operations for NVA Compassion-First. 

What’s your favorite part about working at NVA? 

It’s working with the hospital teams. Their dedication to the pets, the community, and their teams is inspiring.

What’s your family history/origin, and how is being Asian part of your identity? 

Both of my parents are from India (specifically from the Southern State of Kerala). They came to the U.S. in the 1970s to pursue better economic opportunities. Growing up as a first-generation immigrant, both the Asian and American cultures have been fused together in most aspects of my life, such as celebrating holidays from Christmas to Onam, a major South Indian harvest festival, to the food that we ate such as Pizza and Idli Sambar. This allowed me to generate a unique culture and identity as an Asian American. As I grew older and started appreciating these traditions more, my wife and I are focused on ensuring our children have a good understanding of their heritage.

What does AAPI Heritage Month mean to you? 

AAPI Heritage Month is an excellent time to focus on the celebration and education of Asian culture. Asian culture has so much diversity and layers (breadth and depth), so personally, I know I learn a lot. The cultures within each community (even within the countries) are so unique and include different religions, languages, and holidays.

Why is it important for the larger NVA community to celebrate this month or learn about the AAPI experience? 

Our patients, teams, and the communities we serve are diverse (race, religion, income, gender, etc.)  As leaders, the more knowledge we have, the better personal connections we can establish with the people we serve.

Robby Rajan

DIRECTOR OF DIVISIONAL OPERATIONS, NVA COMPASSION-FIRST

Support Center | Philadelphia, PA

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