• 01 Sep 2015 17:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    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. 

    Panelists Mr. Luben Montoya, Ms. Debra C. Chew, Ms. Carol M. Moulton, and Ms. Bonita V. White


    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.    


  • 31 Jul 2015 01:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FAPAC and Washington Adventist University signed MOU to jointly host Federal Employment Career Fair at the WAU campus in Takoma Park, Maryland on 11/19/2015.  The Career Fair offers students and alumni the chance to find out more about federal and D.C. government career opportunities, and offers federal agencies opportunities to share agency career information with the perspective students.  This is a can't miss opportunity to learn about internship opportunities and permanent job vacancies in the Federal Government and to meet students face to face for agency recruiters. The event is Free for job seekers and agencies.

    For more information, contact:  

    Grace Spence, President, Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) at grace.spence@fapac.org or call 551-265-3102.

    Fitzroy Thomas, Associate Dean, Washington Adventist University Center for Student Success at fhomas@wau.edu or call 301-891-4115;



  • 30 May 2015 01:55 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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!  

  • 29 May 2015 02:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Left to right: Grace Spence, President of FAPAC; Teresa Hollingsworth, Chief, Outreach and Policy, ODNI; Deborah Kircher, Assistant Director of ODNI, Doris Johnson, ODNI
    On May 1st, 2015, Intelligent Community (IC) held its Spring IC Heritage Community Liaison Council meeting in Downtown Washington DC. Over 20 organizations attended the meeting. ODNI CHCO staff informed Council members about the IC Applicant Gateway which will provide a portal for IC career information in a new website (IntelligenceCareers.gov) and, ultimately, a mechanism to apply to a number of IC agencies through one central location.  The new website will be operational as of October 2015 and will include career information for DIA, NGA, NSA and ODNI.   The actual capability to apply for vacancies at those agencies through the IntelligencCareers.gov will be available in the fall of 2016. FAPAC is committed to collaborate with IC in increasing the diversity workforce.  

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