Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, our Commitment to Culture
Southwest Airlines is committed to serving the Asian community. As a Company that embraces our unique Culture, we also know the importance of recognizing our Employee and Customers’ history and backgrounds. In celebration of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, we were excited to sponsor and participate in a range of national events. We participated in the first national youth leadership summit put on by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), and the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development’s inaugural Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander National Convening, to name a few. To learn more about our efforts in the Asian community, please visit: http://www.southwest.com/citizenship and click on “Our Diversity & Inclusion”.
PolicyLink is proud to work with CAPACD and Lisa and we think more people should be aware of the incredible work they do to address the issues of housing and community and economic development needs of the diverse and growing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities around the country.
Our America’s Tomorrow video series was designed to bring you some of the leaders out there who are tackling our most pressing issues in thoughtful and practical ways. If you are not yet aware of this dynamic woman and the agency she leads, then our interview will help you. We encourage you to reach out to Lisa as a resource. If you know Lisa and CAPACD, then this will be a reminder for you of how vital the work she and CAPACD does on a daily basis.
Coverage of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)'s APA Heritage Month Celebration on Capitol Hill, from the Saigon Broadcast Television Network (SBTN). Representatives of National CAPACD member organizations attended this event during the the 2012 National CAPACD Housing and Community Development Policy Forum in Washington, DC.
Included in this coverage are interviews with Nam Pham of VietAid (Boston) and Janelle Chan of the Asian Community Development Corporation (Boston). Please click here to view the video.
Last month, I had the honor of joining an historic convening of AAPI community leaders from across the country organized by our Office of Community Affairs here at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Raj Date, the Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury for the CFPB, shared his vision for the Bureau with the National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development Organizations (CAPACD). This coalition is comprised of AAPI community leaders representing diverse constituencies from around the country.
Whatever their language skills or national origin, every homeowner should be able to access the resources that protect families from foreclosure. Congress should continue to fund the housing counseling program that costs so little and accomplishes so much.
The Center for American Progress’s Progress 2050 project partnered with UCLA’s Asian American Studies Department on October 28 to celebrate President Barack Obama’s White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to host a symposium with the release of the Asian American Studies Center’s report, “Forging the Future: The Role of New Research, Data, and Policies for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.” "Forging the Future" analyzes the community's underserved and under-represented groups. It is the most comprehensive report to date on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
NeighborWorks article on Gordon Chin, CAPACD Board Member and executive director of Chinatown CDC:
Chin spoke of his 34 years at Chinatown CDC as the best and thanked his wife Dorothy for all her support. He plans to write, consult and focus on developing The Gordon Chin Leadership Fund, which will expand community leadership programs and enhance Chinatown CDC's ability to respond quickly to important community issues.
“It’s always been about building bridges between people, partnerships within the community and between communities,” Chin said.