GCC President Okada to Be Sworn Next Tuesday as Member of President’s AAPI Advisory Commission

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Guam – GCC Presdient Mary Okada will be in washington D.C. next week to be “ceremonially” sworn in to President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).

 

The ceremony will take place at the Department of Interior on Tuesday, May 6, Wednesday on Guam. [See the release from the White House below].

The Commission is charged with working to improve the quality of life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) through increased participation in and access to federal programs. They will advise the President on innovative ways to engage AAPIs across the country and to improve their health, education, environment, and well-being.

Okada is among 14 people that President Obama has tapped for the Commission.

*          Mary Ann Young Okada – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
·          N. Nina Ahmad – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
·          Michael Byun – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
·          Ravi Chaudhary – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
·          Lian Cheun – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
·          Billy Dec – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
·          Bill Imada – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
·          Kathy Ko Chin – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
·          Dee Jay Mailer – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
·          Diane Narasaki – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
·          Shekar Narasimhan – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
·          Maulik Pancholy – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
·          Linda X. Phan – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
·          Lorna May Ho Randlett – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

READ the release from the White House below:

PRESIDENT’S ADVISORY COMMISSION ON ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS TO BE CEREMONIALLY SWORN IN AT AAPI HERITAGE MONTH OPENING CEREMONY ON MAY 6

WASHINGTON, DC – The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) will kick off Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the U.S. Department of the Interior, celebrating the community’s contributions to the country.  During the ceremony, members of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) will be ceremonially sworn in.

The theme for this year’s Heritage Month is “I Am Beyond,” signifying a spirit of overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. With AAPIs on the rise across the country and emerging fast in an increasingly more diverse America, officials will announce their plans for AAPIs to “go beyond” with the help of the new commissioners. The Commission is charged with working to improve the quality of life for AAPIs through increased participation in and access to federal programs. The members will advise the President on innovative ways to engage AAPIs across the country and to improve their health, education, environment, and well-being.  

For names and bios of the newly appointed President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs, visit here <http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/aapi/news-release-2014-commission/> .

Event information can be found here <http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/aapi/asian-pacific-american-heritage-month-2014/> .

ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH OPENING CEREMONY
DATE:      Tuesday, May 6, 2014
TIME:      9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
PLACE:      U.S. Department of the Interior Yates Auditorium, 1849 C St., N.W., Washington, D.C.

PARTICIPANTS:      Chris Lu, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor
Sri Srinivasan, United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Rhea Suh, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget, U.S. Department of the Interior
Kiran Ahuja, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Konrad Ng, Director, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
Gautam Raghavan, Advisor, White House Office of Public Engagement