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  • May 04, 2022 23:00 | Fahmida Chhipa (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2022
    Contact: 
    PR@fapac.org

    Remembering Secretary Norman Mineta

    WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) is saddened to hear of the passing of our beloved friend, former USDOT Secretary Norman Mineta.  He was a friend of many and a devotee to the entire AANHPI community.  He touched people’s heart with his warm handshakes and gentle interactions.  He inspired us with his legacy and words of wisdom.  He was a veteran and a trailblazer. He is a legendary hero.  Secretary Mineta broke racial barriers for Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders throughout his notable public service. Coincidently, he passed in the AANHPI Heritage Month of May during the Public Service Recognition Week.

    In honor of Secretary Mineta, FAPAC awards the Distinguished Public Service Scholarship, on a rotational basis, to AANHPI students who are interested in public service, exhibit academic excellence, and demonstrate a continuous effort to foster diversity and inclusion in AANHPI communities.  Secretary Mineta was the first Asian American to serve in two Cabinet positions, one as the Secretary of Commerce and the other as the Secretary of Transportation.  He is also the first in U.S. history to have served in both the Democratic and the Republican administrations. His dedication and relentless efforts in public service have opened doors for many others. 

    As he rests in peace, his legend lives on.

  • April 14, 2022 00:42 | Katherine Toth (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Date: Thursday, April 14, 2022
    Contact: 
    PR@fapac.org

    FAPAC Announces the 2022 FAPAC Award Recipients

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), the premier organization representing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 FAPAC awards and the Distinguished Public Service Scholarship. These awards recognize civilians and military service members who have made significant contributions to the advancement and promotion of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).

    The FAPAC Awards include the Uniformed Services, Civilian, and Distinguished Public Service Scholarship. The 2022 Honorees are:

    UNIFORMED SERVICES AWARDS

    U.S. Army                                                                

    Major Seth Varayon

    U.S. Navy                         

    Petty Officer First Class Jack Chan

    U.S. Air Force                   

    Lieutenant Colonel Charlynne McGinnis                        

    Master Sergeant Monica Diaz De Lope-Diaz

    U.S. Air Force Reserves   

    Major Sadia Ali Heil

    Space Force                       

    Captain Calvin Suratos

    U. S. Coast Guard             

    Lieutenant (O3) Maria Villanueva

    Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

    Commander Jerry Zee

    NOAA Commissioned Officers Corps          

    Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Luke Evancoe

    CIVILIAN AWARDS

    Outstanding Individual Leadership: Individual who has shown bold leadership and innovative ways in promoting Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action, and Diversity. The 2022 Honorees with the following categories are

    GS  1 - 12        Ms. Marie Kopka, (USACE)

    GS 13 - 15       Mr. Yong-il Yi, (NASA)

    SES                 Mr. David Omura, (VA)

    Excellence in Individual Achievement:  Individual who has shown the greatest contribution toward the AAPI representation at all levels as compared to the total AAPI population. The 2022 Honorees with the following categories are

    GS  1 -12         Ms. Laura Wood, (VA)

    GS 13 -15        Ms. Vivian Cao, (USACE)

    SES                 Mr. Ernest Moy, (VA)

    Diversity Excellence:  Individual who has shown a remarkable contribution towards diversity and inclusion through collaboration and against all odds. The 2022 Honorees with the following categories are

    GS  1 -12         Christine Salcedo, (VA)

    GS 13 -15        Ms. Jihee Suh, (DOJ)

    DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

    Ms. Chloe Majzel, Michigan State University

    Congratulations to this year’s Awardees: Uniformed Services, Civilian, and Distinguished Public Service Scholarship. FAPAC deeply appreciates the dedication and service of these individuals to our country and to the AAPIs community. Their leadership and contributions make our government and communities a better and more equitable place to serve. 

    These awards will be presented at the 37th National Leadership Training Program to be held virtually on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 and Thursday, May 12, 2022. 

    More details about the FAPAC Awards and descriptions of the honorees are available at fapac.org/awards.

    FAPAC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity for AAPIs within the Federal and District of Columbia governments. Since 1985, FAPAC has encouraged the participation and advancement of AAPIs in the government workforce.




  • January 03, 2022 13:00 | Thong Vu (Administrator)


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Date: 01/03/2022 
    Contact: PR@fapac.org

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), the premier organization representing Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments, is proud to announce the theme for the observance of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May 2022: "Advancing Leaders Through Collaboration". This year's theme is a continuation of the "Advancing Leaders" theme series which began in 2021. In 2022, "Advancing Leaders Through Collaboration" further highlights FAPAC’s efforts in advancing leaders in the Federal and DC governments.  

    Collaboration involves two or more individuals, groups or organizations actively working together to accomplish a task or achieve a goal. Collaboration at its core, requires leadership. Collaboration improves team dynamics, enhances problem solving leading to increased innovation, process efficiency, improved communication, and ultimately overall success. 

    Collaboration across federal agencies in making decisions supporting and advancing leaders is essential to developing and retaining key talent at the leadership level. It also allows agencies to cultivate a sense of unity as they set and maintain a set of core values and goals for federal leadership staff. Embracing collaboration to advance the most promising individuals to leadership and management positions also demonstrates to all federal employees that they too should embrace collaboration within and across their subset of departments.

    Organizations that are led by leaders who have been supported and advanced through collaboration foster transparency. This transparency allows for a culture of openness and trust, which further fosters diversity and inclusion, a variety of opinions and a robust discussion of ideas and approaches, which are all the foundational traits of a thriving organization that is at the forefront of leading change.

    In addition to retaining the most talented leaders in the federal government and creating an environment of transparency, this type of collaboration across agencies sparks innovation in organizations due to the diversity of creative ideas and openness for dialogue and understanding.

    FAPAC invites all employees of the Federal and DC governments, as well as veterans, to the 37th National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) taking place at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia from May 9-13, 2022. The FAPAC NLTP is a reputable training program for public servants that delivers high-quality workshops, networking opportunities, and practical strategies for personal and professional development as it relates to the 2022 theme.  During this week-long training, FAPAC will also recognize public servants with the presentation of the Civilian Awards, Uniformed Services Awards, and a $5,000 Distinguished Public Service Scholarship Award. The NLTP will host a free career exhibition and development programs for Current Students, Recent Graduates, and Veterans interested in public service. 

    The FAPAC National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) aligns with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) requirements as an appropriate training for the Federal workforce in accordance with 5 U.S.C. Chapter 41 and 5 CFR 410.404. 

    FAPAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that supports the interests of  AANHPI employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments. Since 1985, FAPAC has been committed to its mission of promoting equal opportunity and cultural diversity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders in public service. FAPAC encourages the participation and advancement of AANHPIs in the government workforce.

  • April 15, 2021 00:00 | Fahmida Chhipa (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021
    Contact: PR@fapac.org

    FAPAC Announces the 2021 FAPAC Award Recipients

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), the premier organization representing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 FAPAC awards and the distinguished public service scholarship. These awards recognize civilians and military service members who have made significant contributions to the advancement and promotion of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).

    The FAPAC Awards include the Uniformed Services, Civilian, and Distinguished Public Service Scholarship Awards.

    The 2021 Honorees are:

    UNIFORMED SERVICES AWARDS

    U.S. Army
    • Captain Joseph Estallila
    • Sergeant First Class Rizmel Paguio
    U.S. Marine Corps
    • Sergeant Jomary Tumaquip
    • Corporal Caleb Crone
    U.S. Navy
    • Chief Petty Officer James Dy
    U.S. Air Force
    • Captain Hanna Sparks
    • Technical Sergeant Ferdinand Hooper
    U. S. Coast Guard
    • Commander Hoon Park
    • Chief Petty Officer Richard Hofschneider
    Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
    • Lieutenant Commander Nancy Tian

    CIVILIAN AWARDS

    Outstanding Individual Leadership: Individual who has shown bold leadership and innovative ways in promoting Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action, and Diversity.

    • Larry Mack, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    • Linh Le, Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWCTSD)

    Excellence in Individual Achievement:  Individual who has shown the greatest contribution toward the AAPI representation at all levels as compared to the total AAPI population.

    • Emma Chen, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
    • Mary Tran, Naval Air Warfare Center  (NAWCTSD)

    Diversity Excellence:  Individual who has shown a remarkable contribution towards diversity and inclusion through collaboration and against all odds.

    • Kelly Sewell, Department of the Interior (DOI)
    • Lena Chang, Department of the Interior (DOI)

    DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

    • Rebecca Soo, University of California, Berkeley

    Congratulations to this year’s Uniformed Services Awards, Civilian Awards, and Distinguished Public Service Scholarship honorees. FAPAC deeply appreciates the dedication and service of these individuals to our country and to the AAPI community. Their leadership and contributions make our government and communities a better and more equitable place to serve. 

    The awards will be presented at the 36th National Leadership Training Program to be held virtually on May 26 and May 27, 2021.  The health and safety of all FAPAC members and supporters remains our top priority and due to the current COVID-19 situation, the 2021 NLTP is going to be all virtual.

    More details about the FAPAC Awards and descriptions of the honorees are available at fapac.org/awards.

    FAPAC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity for AAPIs within the Federal and District of Columbia governments. Since 1985, FAPAC has encouraged the participation and advancement of AAPIs in the government workforce.

  • March 22, 2021 00:00 | Fahmida Chhipa (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Date: Monday, March 22, 2020

    Contact: PR@fapac.org


    WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), a premier organization representing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments, hereby published the following statement:

    Press Release - FAPAC Statement on Violence and Discrimination Against AAPI_March 22 2021.pdf

    Crises such as the current pandemic can bring out the best and worst in people. Since the global pandemic began, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have been singled out and subjected to racism, harassment, and xenophobia around the world. As a nation, we have witnessed increased violence and discrimination in an alarming rate in recent years, especially against AAPI. Though violence against AAPI descent has become magnified, this pattern of targeted discrimination has existed for centuries. The countless stories and examples shared in today’s news and on social media are products of systemic injustices which unnecessarily and unfairly target the AAPI community.

    The FAPAC Leadership acknowledges the feelings, pain, and trauma the recent surge of violence has caused the AAPI community and all others who abhor violence. FAPAC extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of all the victims of violence and discrimination. As one of the largest nonprofit AAPI organizations, FAPAC values dignity, respect, diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and equal opportunity for all people; we stand in solidarity against any acts of harassment, racism and violence perpetuated in the workplace, the AAPI community, and against all Americans regardless of their background in the United States.

    FAPAC has Chapters across the entire country and U.S. territories including American Samoa, and we embrace and celebrate the vast diversity of our nation. American culture is unique and beautiful because it is comprised of people with many different cultures of rich and varied backgrounds. AAPI culture is American culture; AAPI communities are American communities. By uplifting the AAPI community, FAPAC uplifts all Americans in their pursuit of health, happiness, security, and growth for our beloved country and its citizens. Extending dignity, respect, equity and fairness to all is at the foundation of this organization as trusted partners to the American people.

    FAPAC is an organization that promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity for AAPIs within the Federal and District of Columbia governments. Each of us has the power and responsibility to promote and advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in our workplace and our communities. Each of us should take responsibility to educate and remind one another to be conscious and respectful of others so that we can be successful together.

    To learn more about FAPAC’s mission, goals, and objectives, please go to www.fapac.org.

  • February 16, 2021 00:00 | Fahmida Chhipa (Administrator)


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2020

    Contact: PR@fapac.org


    WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), the premier organization representing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments, is proud to announce the theme for the observance of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May 2021: Advancing Leaders Through Purpose-Driven Service. This year's theme is the start of the new theme series for 2021-2024 highlighting FAPAC’s efforts in “Advancing Leaders”.  

    Purpose-driven service creates a positive culture of intimacy, empowers leaders who believe in leading with values, offers frequent encouragement and feedback, and puts employees first.

    Employees and leaders who are driven by purpose understand they can make a difference by serving others more than themselves. They are focused on a bigger mission to make the world a better place and to create a brighter future for everyone.  When purpose and passion are combined with core organizational values, the exponential impact is powerful for the entire community.

    Purpose-driven organizations are ambitious, attract the best minds and talent, inspire innovation, make fast and effective decisions, are trusted, and have strong engagement and loyalty from employees and stakeholders. Organizations that value purpose-driven service operate with integrity and courage.

    The FAPAC invites all employees of the Federal and DC governments, including the military, to its 36th Virtual National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) on May 25-27, 2021. The FAPAC NLTP is a reputable training program for public servants that delivers high-quality workshops, networking opportunities, and practical strategies for personal and professional development as it relates to the 2021 theme.  During this three-day training, FAPAC will also recognize public servants with the presentation of the Civilian Awards, Uniformed Services Awards, and a $5,000 Distinguished Public Service Scholarship. The NLTP will host a free career exhibition and development programs for Current Students, Recent Graduates, and Veterans interested in public service. Visit www.fapac.org/NLTP to learn more.

    The FAPAC NLTP aligns with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) requirements as an appropriate training for the Federal workforce in accordance with 5 U.S.C. Chapter 41 and 5 CFR 410.404. 

    FAPAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization the supports the interests of over AAPI employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments. Since 1985, FAPAC has been committed to its mission of promoting equal opportunity and cultural diversity for Asian American and Pacific Islanders in public service. FAPAC encourages the participation and advancement of AAPIs in the government workforce. 

  • April 08, 2020 22:46 | Kelly Kim (Administrator)
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
    Contact: PR@fapac.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 FAPAC Awards. These awards recognize civilians and military servicemembers who have made significant contributions to the advancement and promotion of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).

    The FAPAC Awards include the Uniformed Services, Civilian, and Distinguished Public Service Scholarship Awards.

    The 2020 Honorees are:

    UNIFORMED SERVICES AWARDS

    • LT Lu Wang, U.S. Navy
    • MSgt Travis W. Bulay, U.S. Air Force
    • MSgt Timothy Asa C. Tanbonliong, U.S. Air Force
    • TSgt Sarahlizamarie D. Pante-Berrios, U.S. Air Force
    • SSgt Michael E. Jolls, U.S. Air Force
    • LCDR Rhianna Macon, U.S. Coast Guard
    • LT John R. Santorum, U.S. Coast Guard
    • CPO Jacinto A. Sabangan, U.S. Coast Guard
    • CAPT Sally Hu, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

    CIVILIAN AWARDS

    Outstanding Individual Leadership
    • Katherine Toth, Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency
    • Cindy N. Tran, Defense Contract Management Agency
    • Dr. Zina B. Sutch, Office of Personnel Management
    Excellence in Individual Achievement
    • John Wilson Howerton, U.S. Army
    • Doris S. Tung, U.S. Navy
    • Jeffrey Clark Flora, Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency
    Diversity Excellence
    • Van R. Nguyen, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    • Loucious Hires, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    • Courtney L. Wilkerson, Federal Aviation Administration

    DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

    • Alex T. Pham, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


    “The winners of the 2020 FAPAC Awards have distinguished themselves by promoting the tenets of the U.S. Constitution, civil and human rights, equal opportunity, human relations, and public service,” said FAPAC President Olivia Adrian. “These men and women were selected for their exceptional leadership in advancing the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.”

    FAPAC has traditionally presented the FAPAC Awards during the annual National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) each May. Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the 2020 NLTP has been cancelled. The health and safety of all FAPAC Members and supporters remains our top priority and the decision to cancel this year’s NLTP did not come lightly. An in-person ceremony may be determined at a later date in accordance with guidance from federal and local officials.

    Congratulations to this year’s Uniformed Services Awards, Civilian Awards, and Distinguished Public Service Scholarship honorees. FAPAC deeply appreciates the dedication and service of these individuals to our country and to the AAPI community. Their leadership and contributions make our government and communities a better and more equitable place to serve.

    More details about the FAPAC Awards and descriptions of the honorees are available at fapac.org/awards.

    FAPAC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity for AAPIs within the Federal and District of Columbia governments. Since 1985, FAPAC has encouraged the participation and advancement of AAPIs in the government workforce.

  • April 07, 2020 07:00 | Kelly Kim (Administrator)
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
    Contact: PR@fapac.org
     

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Each year in May, the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) hosts the National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) to train government employees in leadership, diversity, and inclusion and to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. We regret to inform you that the 2020 NLTP on May 11-14, 2020 is cancelled due to the increasing risks associated with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

    As much as FAPAC would like to host the NLTP again, it is no longer possible under the current circumstances. The health and safety of all FAPAC Members, Attendees and Sponsors remains our top priority and the decision to cancel this year’s NLTP did not come lightly. Attendees who have registered for the NLTP have been notified of the cancellation and next steps. 

    FAPAC will continue other programming including the Career Development Mentoring ProgramFAPAC Awards, 35th Anniversary Celebration, and the upcoming elections for the FAPAC National Board of Directors. Sign up for FAPAC’s mailing list or become a Member to receive the latest news and program updates.

    FAPAC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity for AAPIs within the Federal and District of Columbia governments. Since 1985, FAPAC has encouraged the participation and advancement of AAPIs in the government workforce.

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