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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 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Beyond 2016: A Blueprint for Federal Engagement with the White House Initiative on AAPIs

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Since being reestablished by President Obama in 2009, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has facilitated increased access to and participation in federal programs through innovative partnerships, unprecedented regional engagement, and interagency collaboration. During this workshop, representatives will highlight best practices and the Initiative’s blueprint to institutionalize its work beyond 2016. With less than one year left until the next President of the United States takes office, participants will have the opportunity to share their ideas for ways that the current and future Administrations should engage with the AAPI community.

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Jason Tengco

Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders
Jason Tengco was appointed as Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on May 4, 2015. Tengco started at the Initiative in May 2012, first serving as the Initiative’s liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement, then as a Senior Advisor directing the Initiative’s community engagement and youth outreach. Prior to that, Tengco was an Asian Pacific American Institute for... Read More →

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Sefa Aina

Former Vice Chair, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Sefa Aina is currently the Associate Dean and Director of the Asian American Resource Center at Pomona College.  He has served as an academic and student-organizational advisor, as well as an instructor for Asian American Studies programs at University of California, Los Angeles and California State University, Fullerton.  In September of 2010, Aina was appointed by President Obama to the President's Advisory Commission on Asian... Read More →
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Kathleen Ko Chin

Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders
As President and CEO of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Kathy Ko Chin works to influence policy, mobilize communities and strengthen organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. With strong values from her immigrant Chinese parents, for nearly 40 years, Ko Chin has built community institutions, especially for the underserved. An authority on national health policy, Ko Chin... Read More →
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Kay Ko

Regional Network Member, White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders
Kay Ko grew up in Los Angeles, California, and attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she graduated with a B.A., a M.A. in Art History, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Education. After teaching Korean language at UCLA and Claremont McKenna, Ko joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in December 1993 as a Language Specialist. Currently, she is a FBI Community Outreach Specialist. Ko also serves as the Regional Lead for the... Read More →
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Doua Thor

Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Doua Thor was among the many thousands of Hmong refugees who were resettled in the United States after the Vietnam War. She spent much of her youth volunteering and working with Southeast Asian American communities. Over the years, Thor has gained a wealth of experience working with national and grassroots organizations that serve Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and refugees. She was appointed by President Obama to the President's... Read More →