FAPAC held its Annual Holiday Event on January 16 at the Fortune Restaurant in Falls Church, VA with more than a hundred members, guests and children. Two new chapters (NIH Chapter and the US Coast Guard Chapter) were inaugurated. President Grace Spence also used the occasion to recognized former President Dr. Kin Wong on his retirement and continued service to FAPAC. Participants, both mentors and menses of the CDHP Mentoring Program, under the leadership of Aurel Franklin and Selina Lee were recognized also. Under Secretary Ed Avalos from USDA spoke of the importance of FAPAC program and continuous support from key agencies under Secretary Vilsack. Then the Ladies in Red led off into an evening of dancing to the music of the band Manila Bay after a multiple course dinner. See the photo section for some beautiful memories.
The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) will hold its 31st Annual National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) from May 9-13, 2016 at the Doubletree by Hilton at the Entrance of Universal Studio Orlando, Florida to coincide with the observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The FAPAC NLTP is a great opportunity for the federal employees in obtaining leadership training as well as gaining useful information in regarding to the current policies directly affecting the federal employees. Each year the NLTP draw large attendees and it has been a best platform of networking and exchanging information. It will also offer free seminars and programs specifically designed for veterans and students to help the veterans obtain benefit and other opportunities available to them as well as to help the students gain valuable opportunities to visit agencies exhibitor booth and meet the their representatives. FAPAC has been partnering with DoD and other federal agencies on the recognition of our military and civilian employees and managers each year. Go to 2016 NLTP page for program details. Online Registration is open now.
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Washington DC - On Dec 2 FAPAC held its Congressional Seminar at the Gold Room in the Rayburn House Office Building with the support of the CAPAC (Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus) and United Solutions. Congresswoman Judy Chu, Chair CAPAC, delivered the keynote at the opening. Rep. Grace Meng, Ted Lieu and Aumua Amato and Commissioner Karen Nagasaki from US Civl Rights Commission presented remarks following Judy. Other speakers include Diana Yu, Chief of Staff at the White House Initiatives AAPI and Jane Lee, Deputy COO at OPM, and others. The event was attended by more than 70 employees and executives from various agencies throughout the federal government and serves as a critical training module for FAPAC to enhance the awareness of the importance to work with Congress and be proactive with issues of interest to the AAPI community.
FAPAC and Washington Adventist University jointly sponsored the Federal Employment Career Fair at the WAU campus in Takoma Park, Maryland on 11/19/2015. 30 some federal agencies set up the booth at the event and over 300 students and job seekers attended the events.
THEME FOR 2016 ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS HERITAGE MONTH
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) announced the Theme for the observance of 2016 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The theme is “Walk Together, Embrace Differences, Build Legacies”
FAPAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization representing the interests of over 163,000 APA employees in the federal government and the District of Columbia. FAPAC is established in 1985 and has been the vital force for the AAPIs in the Federal Government including Military and District of Columbia governments. FAPAC is committed to its mission of serving as a conduit through which the interests, issues and representation of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the Federal, State, County, City and District of Columbia governments are addressed and Promoting partnerships with the public and private sectors in the community it serves.
The Commandant, Admiral Paul Zukunft, delivered the keynote address at the 2015 Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) Training Program, where he reiterated the importance of FAPAC to the Coast Guard’s future as an adaptable, specialized and diverse workforce in a complex operating environment.
Admiral Zukunft, along with FAPAC President Ms. Grace Spence, presented Lieutenant Commander Dominique Samonte with a special achievement award before enjoying cultural presentation featuring different Asian cultures.
In addition to the Commandant’s participation at FAPAC opening ceremonies, Lieutenant Daniel Han and Lieutenant Junior Grade Luke D’Lima were recognized as 2015 FAPAC Military Meritorious Service Award recipients!
Article by Vanee Komolprasert, Federal Asian Pacific American Council, FDA
On May 4-8, 2015, the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) hosted the 30th National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, in Rockville, Maryland.
HHS held an Agency Forum to celebrate the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month observance. The Agency Forum brings together senior leaders and staff to discuss important Department-wide matters with their employees.
The Forum featured a keynote address by John Gill, HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources; and a presentation on “State of Asian Americans at HHS” by Wilfredo Sauri, Director, HHS Data Analytics and Reporting Division. There was also a panel discussion on “Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion” by Debra C. Chew, Director, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, National Institutes of Health, Luben Montoya, HHS Section Chief/Senior Advisor for Civil Rights Policy, Civil Rights Division, Office of Civil Rights, Carol M. Moulton, Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Food and Drug Administration, and Bonita V. White, Director, HHS Diversity & Inclusion Division.
The Forum included an abbreviated workshop on “Understanding Unconscious Bias” presented by B. Winona Chestnut, Diversity Program Manager, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Office of Equal Opportunity, Civil Rights and Diversity Management, and presentations on “HHS Initiatives on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Health” by CAPT Samuel Wu, Public Health Advisor, Office of the Secretary, “Health Disparity Efforts” by Dr. Cara V. James, Director, Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and “Advancing AANHPI Health” by Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Director, Office of Minority Health.
The Forum was broadcast via Adobe Connect to allow HHS employees, throughout the country, to participate. The program was well-attended, with more than 100 participants on-site.
Survey results showed the Forum was well-received with strong support to continue addressing AAPI-related topics in the future.
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