New York City

New York AAPI Forum with Faith-Based & Community Leaders
Saturday, September 21, 2013
The City University New York Murphy Institute
25 West 43rd Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10036
9:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders will convene federal officials and faith-based and community leaders in a day-long forum to share key Administration policies on economic growth, immigration, education, and civil rights. The forum will provide leaders and the broader AAPI community critical information and a better understanding of federal resources and services.

The focus of the WHIAAPI Community Forum is to accomplish three key goals:

  1. Establish a space where faith-based and community leaders can meaningfully engage and interact with federal officials;
  2. Identify policy and programmatic areas of concern, receive feedback, and share local success stories and practices that benefit the AAPI community;
  3. Share opportunities for leaders to collaborate with the Obama administration.

The forum is free and open to the public and is closed press. Register to attend here.

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Faith-Based & Community Leaders Forum

Saturday, September 21st

CUNY, 25 West 43rd St., New York, NY

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Registration

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.  Welcome Remarks
Amardeep Singh, President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.  Economic Growth & Immigrant Integration

Engage in a discussion with federal and local officials on immigrant integration efforts as well as federal programs to help grow small businesses including loans, incentives, and federal contracting opportunities.

Moderator: May Chen, President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs

Carol Keller, Acting District Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Small Business Administration (TBD)

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.  Break

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.  Civil Rights & Education

Join a dialogue with federal officials to promote equal access & opportunities, address bullying and workplace discrimination, and coordinate federal efforts to address civil rights concerns.

Moderator: Amardeep Singh, President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs

Matthew Lattimer, Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice

Gina Damasco, Attorney, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

Hsiao-Hsiang Wan, Trial Attorney, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.  Open dialogue

Join an open forum to share innovative approaches and best practices among faith-based and other community leaders, and dialogue with federal officials on programs and outreach to the AAPI faith-based community.

Moderator: Amardeep Singh, President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs

3:00 p.m.  Closing

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iCount: Equity Through Representation – June 6, 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013, 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT) 

U.S. Department of Education 

Washington D.C. 

Keynote Address
Arne Duncan
U.S. Secretary of Education

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Achieving educational equity in the face of our nation’s increasingly diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student population is the critical civil rights issue of our time.  The lack of data disaggregation amongst the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population masks significant educational needs of lesser represented Asian American subgroups.

The bedrock of this effort – iCount—is data disaggregation: ensuring that we count every single student, and identify the diversity of the multi-faceted AAPI student population.

Join a dynamic group of data specialists, education policy experts, foundation partners and high-level federal officials at this working symposium to identify the barriers, challenges, and obstacles to achieving educational equity, and strategize around best practices, systems and solutions.

Every student counts. Let us ensure that every student is counted.

To guarantee a space, please accept or decline this invitation no later than COB Wednesday, May 8.

Invitations are non-transferable. To inquire about an invitation or to learn more about the event, please email

Presented by the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

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