Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Blog

  • Building the Capacity of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community in Illinois

    On March 6, 2015, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders’ Great Lakes Regional Interagency Working Group, comprising representatives from over a dozen federal agencies, partnered with Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) to host a beginner to intermediate-level grantwriting and technical assistance workshop in Chicago, Illinois. More than 30 local community members representing diverse organizations braved the sub-zero winter weather and participated in the all-day training to gain a deeper understanding of grant research, writing, and approval.

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    Community members attend an all-day grantwriting and technical assistance training in Chicago, Illinois, March 6, 2015. (by George Mui)

    The training provided participants with a unique opportunity to learn the dynamics of the grant process from multiple angles and also gave attendees the opportunity to dialogue with representatives from local federal agencies and successful grant recipients. Pedro Arista, MPH, trainer and facilitator from APIAHF, framed the workshop around the following key topics:

    • Preliminary Planning
    • Grant Proposal Development (GPD)
    • Goals and SMART Objectives & Organizational and Staff Experience
    • Budget
    • Continuous Evaluation
    • Putting It All Together

  • Register for the White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

    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! Register today!

    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, healthcare, civil rights, and immigration. The Summit will celebrate President Obama’s leadership, showcase Administration policies and programs that have supported the AAPI community and others 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.

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

    The Summit is free of charge and open to the public.

    Questions? Email WhiteHouseAAPI@ed.gov. Click here for more information on the Summit.

  • Recap: 2015 National AAPI Community Google+ Hangout

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    On February 25, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders held its second National Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community Google+ Hangout. I was joined by Aditi Hardikar, Associate Director at the White House Office of Public Engagement; Konrad Ng, Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center; and Billy Dec, member of the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs.

    During the Hangout, Konrad shared the AAPI Heritage Month theme, #APAEverywhere, and we also highlighted the White House Summit on AAPIs on May 12 and our new Federal Agency Accomplishments Report.

  • Calling All Students: Apply for the Summer 2015 White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Internship Program

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    As America’s population becomes increasingly diverse, it is important to have this diversity reflected in the federal workforce. Although Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) comprise 6 percent of the U.S. population, they make up only 3 percent of the Senior Executive Service (SES), the highest ranks of federal government.

    As part of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders’ work to strengthen federal workforce diversity, we want to highlight federal internship opportunities. We hope to usher more students into public service to ensure diverse voices are represented in the federal government, and the needs of the AAPI community are reflected in its’ programs and policies.

    At the Initiative, we are currently seeking full-time summer student interns in Washington, D.C., and Seattle, WA. The Initiative is responsible for the implementation of the President's Executive Order 13515, which includes coordinating executive branch efforts to improve the quality of life of underserved AAPIs through increased participation in federal programs. 

  • Celebrating Lunar New Year at the White House

    Yesterday evening, we hosted the first-ever Lunar New Year celebration at the White House. Members of Asian American and Pacific Islander community from across the country joined together to ring in the first day of the Lunar New Year with keynotes from Administration officials, a discussion with diverse AAPI leaders, and three lively cultural performances. President Obama also sent his greetings by video message.

    Traditional Chinese Lion Dance, performed by the Wong People Association

    Traditional Chinese Lion Dance, performed by the Wong People Association.

  • President Obama Sends Warm Wishes for the Lunar New Year

    Today, the White House released a video message from President Obama welcoming the Lunar New Year:

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    Echoing the President’s message, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs send our best wishes to all those celebrating the Lunar New Year.