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The 2016 Advancing Justice Conference (AJC) is the first and only national conference in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community focusing on civil rights and social justice. Over 700 AAPIs from across the U.S. will come together to address issues facing our fastest growing populations. The theme will focus on civic engagement and building our electoral and social power in support of economic and racial justice. Conference attendees will participate in two days of panel discussions, caucus sessions, skills and capacity building, trainings, and networking receptions.

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Thursday, March 31 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Community Partnerships and Coalition Building: Strategies and Tools for Success

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Community partnerships require that different parties commit to fully working together to see results and effect change. Learn how AA&NHPI-serving organizations nationally are working together across sectors to form and sustain civic engagement partnerships, gain access to different skills, share responsibilities, and leverage resources to reach a larger audience and amplify their impact. Organization leaders will share recent successes, best practices, lessons learned, and their collective goals for 2016.

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Susie Sands

Vice President of the Asian American Program, The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
Susie Sands is Vice President of the Asian American Program at the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. She joined the staff in April 2011 and has helped Sue Van, President and CEO, shape the program. The Foundation has been the biggest supporter of the Asian American Pacific Islander communities throughout the United States on critical issues such as census, citizenship and naturalization, civic engagement and health access. Her previous career... Read More →

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John Brothers

Executive Director, Quincy Asian Resources Inc.
John Brothers has served as Executive Director of Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (QARI) since 2004. QARI’s mission is to foster and improve the social, cultural, economic and civic lives of Asian Americans to benefit Quincy and its neighboring communities. Brothers joined QARI in 2004 after a 15 year career with the Young Men's Christian Associations of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Quincy, Massachusetts. Since then, the agency has become... Read More →
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Sherry Hirota

Chief Executive Officer, Asian Health Services
Sherry Hirota is the Chief Executive Officer of Asian Health Services and a dynamic advocate and pioneer in the national, state, and local Asian American and Pacific Islander health movement. In particular, she has played a critical role in the establishment of linguistic and cultural competence standards in managed care. As an appointee to national, state, and local health policy bodies, she continues to advise Congressional leaders and take the... Read More →
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Diane Narasaki

Executive Director, Asian Counseling and Referral Service
Diane Narasaki is Asian Counseling & Referral Service (ACRS) Executive Director in Seattle. Through 240 staff, 700 volunteers, 40 languages and dialects, ACRS serves 26,000 people with culturally competent, integrated behavioral health, human services and civic engagement activities. Narasaki serves on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and co-chairs the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition in... Read More →
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Minh Nguyen

Executive Director, Vietnamese American Young Leaders of New Orleans
Minh Nguyen is the Founder and Executive Director of Vietnamese American Young Leaders (VAYLA) of New Orleans. Under his leadership, VAYLA has transformed into a multi-racial, anti-racist organizing space. VAYLA utilizes a transformation organizing framework to equip young people with the skills and capacity to affect change at an institutional level, while encouraging critical consciousness of the way those institutions affect their lives. By... Read More →