White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

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Please join us for the White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on May 12, 2015 at The George Washington University in Washington, DC!

Held during Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, this Summit will be an unprecedented and historic all-day convening of senior federal officials and leaders from across the country. The day will include conversations with federal officials and AAPI leaders, artistic presentations by distinguished AAPI artists, and interactive sessions on diverse issues including economic growth, education, health care, civil rights, and immigration. The Summit will celebrate President Obama’s leadership, showcase Administration policies and programs that have supported the AAPI community over the past six years, and outline efforts for the next two years and decades to come.As a participant, you will have the opportunity to Connect, Share, and Mobilize:

  1. Connect. Interact with federal and community leaders from across the country working on diverse issues to advance the AAPI community.
  2. Share. Discuss your own experiences, stories, and priorities with leaders and other participants.
  3. Mobilize. Gain tools to mobilize your communities to expand opportunity for AAPIs everywhere.

Join The Conversation BannerYour participation in the Summit will be vital as we continue our work together to improve the quality of life for AAPIs.

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Questions? Email WhiteHouseAAPI@ed.gov.



View the latest agenda.


You can download a digital version of the program book.To help you get the best experience possible out of the Summit, we have also included a few survival tips below.

Summit Day Check-in
All day check-in will be located at GWU’s Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052).  Check in will begin at 7:00am. Doors to the Opening Program at Lisner Auditorium will open at 7:30am and will close promptly at 8:30am. Please plan to arrive early to ensure seats. Guests may not save seats. Late attendees may be directed into overflow rooms.

Getting to the Event
Lisner Auditorium is accessible by Metro, taxi and car. Because public parking is limited and free parking will not be available for Summit participants, we highly recommend traveling by Metro (closest Metro station is the Foggy Bottom/George Washington University Station) or by taxi. A map of GWU is available here.

Business attire is requested.

Please be aware that we will only be serving boxed lunches during the lunch break, so we encourage all participants to bring your own snacks and water. There are also various food trucks and restaurants that are open near GWU campus if you would like purchase your own refreshments.

Other Considerations
Don’t forget to bring your phone chargers and pens!


View the media advisory and the press page for the press release and supporting resources.

Social Media

Share with your social networks that you are attending the Summit! Take a picture with a sign below and share on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #AAPISummit.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

View answers to frequently asked questions.

Previous AAPI Heritage Month Speakers: