Former Guam congressman and University of Guam president Dr. Robert Underwood will be one of President Biden’s appointees to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders
According to a news release from the White House, the Commission will advise the President on ways the public, private, and non-profit sectors can work together to advance equity and opportunity for every Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community.
The Commission is also charged with advising the President on policies to address anti-Asian xenophobia and violence, ways to build capacity in AANHPI communities through federal grantmaking and policies to address the intersectional barriers that AANHPI women, LGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities face.
Aside from Dr. Underwood, the Commission includes civic leaders from across the country and will reflect the rich diversity of AANHPI communities across the United States.
Underwood is a former Member of Congress representing Guam for 10 years. He is also President Emeritus of the University of Guam and has the distinction of being the longest serving President of the university.
He has served the nation as Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the founding Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund.
As a scholar and activist, he has served his region and his people as a passionate advocate for the respect and maintenance of the CHamoru language and the empowerment of the peoples of Micronesia.