Asian American and Pacific Islander Faith-Based Community Leaders Forum
Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (PDT)
The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) will convene federal officials and faith-based and community leaders in a day-long forum to share key Administration policies on economic growth, immigrant integration, 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.
This convening will include an open discussion with representatives of various Federal agencies including the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Justice, the Department of Education, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Also participating in the open discussion will be members of President Obama’s Advisory commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).
The discussion will touch upon issues facing the AAPI community, such asimmigration, economic growth, faith issues, civil rights, and education. These representatives of the Federal Government want to hear the concerns of members of New York's AAPI community.
- Learn about federal resources and programs that can assist their constituency base, and engage directly with federal representatives from a broad range of agencies.
- Share innovative approaches and best practices among faith-based and other neighborhood groups and leaders; and
- Provide stories and list of concerns to federal officials that will better inform government’s understanding of these communities.
Photo by Joanne Chow Winship
In 2012, WHIAAPI began to focus its outreach efforts on new immigrants and refugees – some of the most underserved in the AAPI community. Engaging faith-based and other community organizations in 2013 will help us better reach these communities. Studies show new immigrants and refugees rely on houses of worship and community organizations to seek help and resources when they first arrive in the U.S. and continue to maintain strong connections to these institutions for fellowship, development of social networks, and critical social services, among other things. Faith-based organizations also serve a diverse segment of the AAPI population from Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, etc.
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The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
On October 14, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Executive Order reestablishing the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (Initiative). The Initiative, chaired by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and led by Executive Director Kiran Ahuja, is housed within the U.S. Department of Education. The Initiative works to improve the quality of life and opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by facilitating increased access to and participation in federal programs where they remain underserved.
The Executive Order also established the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the Federal Interagency Working Group. Working in conjunction, the Commission and Federal Interagency Working Group are comprised of individuals, executive branch departments, agencies, and offices representing a broad spectrum of fields and programs impacting Asian Americans and Pacific Islander communities.
The Initiative works to increase Asian American and Pacific Islander participation in programs in education, commerce, business, health, human services, housing, environment, arts, agriculture, labor and employment, transportation, justice, veterans affairs and economic and community development.