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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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Wednesday, March 30 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
College for All: Expanding Educational Opportunity and Equity in a Multiracial Democracy

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In a multiracial democracy, educational opportunity is key to socioeconomic mobility and equity. This workshop will explore innovative strategies to expand educational access, affordability, and racial and ethnic diversity in public higher education. We will examine the groundbreaking “College for All” campaign, an initiative spearheaded by a multiracial coalition of civil rights, community, and labor organizations to reinvest in California’s public university system. By “expanding the pie” of educational opportunity for all California students with a racial justice and equity frame that prioritizes underrepresented and low income students of color, “College for All” offers a new approach to educational justice.

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Betty Hung

Policy Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Betty Hung is Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles's Policy Director, overseeing the organization's strategic policy initiatives to promote racial and economic justice. Hung was on the legal team that supported undocumented immigrant youth who led and won the campaign for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, helped win approximately $22 million dollars in additional annual income for low-wage taxi workers in Los Angeles, and led a... Read More →


Oraiu Amoni

Political Director, United Teachers Los Angeles
Oraiu Amoni grew up in Watts (Los Angeles) at the height of gang life during the late 80s and early 90s. A child of immigrant parents, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in economics and a minor in mathematics. He has spent over a decade working in politics across the state of California – City of Oakland, California State Assembly, Larry Tramutola political strategist, SEIU-UHW.Five years ago he returned... Read More →
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Quyen Dinh

Executive Director, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
Quyen Dinh, MPP, is the Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC). SEARAC is a national organization that advances the interests of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans by empowering communities through advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building to create a socially just and equitable society. Dinh brings over ten years of experience as a respected social change advocate, thoughtful nonprofit... Read More →
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Thomas Saenz

President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Thomas Saenz is President and General Counsel of Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). He leads the organization in pursuing litigation, policy advocacy, and community education to promote the civil rights of all Latinos living in the United States in the areas of education, employment, immigrants’ rights, and voting rights. Saenz rejoined MALDEF in August 2009, after four years on Los Angeles Mayor Antonio... Read More →
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Karalee Mahealani Vaughn

Board Member, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
Karalee Mahealani Chieko Vaughn (Kanaka Maoli) is currently the Executive Director of the Southern California Tribal Education Institute. Prior to her current position, Vaughn served as an Executive Director of an Upward Bound grant; the Assistant Director of the San Manuel Education Department; a grant administrator at Honolulu Community College; and at University of California, Los Angeles, she served as Director of Outreach for the Pacific... Read More →