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Friday, October 27
 

8:00am

Complimentary Breakfast & Registration
Friday October 27, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
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9:00am

Welcome Address
Moderators
avatar for Kenneth An, JD

Kenneth An, JD

Director, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Ken's addition role is with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. Kenneth An is the Director of the Boston Area Office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). At the EEOC, Kenneth has conducted outreach with the Asian-American... Read More →
avatar for Bora Chiemruom

Bora Chiemruom

Executive Director, Asian American Commission of Massachusetts
Bora has over 17 years of non-profit leadership experience, including Administrative Manager of YouthBuild International, Program Director of ABCD - Mattapan Head Start, and Program Manager of the Citizenship Assistance Program (CAP) at the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Peter Kiang

Peter Kiang

Professor and Director, Asian American Studies Program
Dr. Peter Nien-chu Kiang (江念祖) is Professor and Director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he has taught since 1987.  Peter’s research, teaching, and advocacy in both K-12 and higher education with Asian American immigrant/refugee... Read More →
avatar for Daphne Kwok

Daphne Kwok

Vice President, Asian American & Pacific Islander Audience Strategy at AARP
Since July 2013, Daphne Kwok has been Vice President of Multicultural Leadership for the Asian American & Pacific Islander Audience Strategy at AARP. Her work empowers Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to choose how they live as they age. She brings to AARP her experience... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
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10:15am

1a Vision for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) families of children and youth with disability in the Commonwealth

The panel will discuss about the vision for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) families of children and youth with disability. Participants will learn about:

  1. Perspectives of disability within the AAPI community
  2. Barriers that may prevent service access for AAPI families children and youth with disability, especially Chinese, Cambodian and Vietnamese
  3. Vision for our loved one with disability
  4. Existing state programs that help remove barriers and create and improve accessible features and programmatic access for persons with disabilities throughout the Commonwealth


Moderators
avatar for Oanh Thi Thu Bui, MA, MHA

Oanh Thi Thu Bui, MA, MHA

Health Educator and Outreach Specialist and Mother of a child with disability, The Federation for Children with Special Needs
Oanh T. Bui has been advocated tirelessly for Vietnamese speaking parents of children with disability. She started a support group for Vietnamese speaking parents since 2012 where she provides emotional support and educational support. Oanh works closely with different stakeholders... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David D’Arcangelo

David D’Arcangelo

Director of the Massachusetts Office on Disability, Person with a disability, Parent of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Brother of a person with a disability, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office on Disability
Diagnosed with a rare eye disease that left him legally blind at a young age, David D’Arcangelo has built successful careers in both the public and private sectors during his past two decades of public service. | | David now serves the Baker-Polito Administration as the Director... Read More →
avatar for Susan Ou

Susan Ou

Chinese Outreach Coordinator, The Federation for Children with Special Needs
Susan Ou has been the Chinese Outreach Coordinator for 6 years at the Federation for Children with Special Needs. Before she took this position, she was a Chinese teacher in the one of Chinese schools- Chung Wah Academy. Being a parent of ELL student with disability and a family member... Read More →
avatar for Sreya Shepard

Sreya Shepard

Parent of a child with Autism, CEO of Shepard Household
Sreya was born and brought up in Cambodia until she was six years old. In 1989 her family moved to the United States and settled in Hyde Park, MA. Sreya also speaks and understands Khmer. She graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor’s degree Marketing and is currently pursuing... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:15am - 11:30pm
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10:15am

1b The AAPI Community and You: How to Affect Positive Change at the Ballot Box
According to the 2015 U.S. Census, approximately 21 million Asian American and Pacific Islanders currently live in the United States and the number is only growing. However, this group is not yet accurately represented in public office.  In 2012, only 36 Asian Americans launched a campaign for Congress. The term “Asian” is used to cover a broad range of cultures and ethnicities, but it is the “Asian” group that is the fastest growing population and fastest growing voting sector. But how do we represent the voices and needs of the AAPI community in public office?

Moderators
avatar for Chris Chanyasulkit, PhD, MPH

Chris Chanyasulkit, PhD, MPH

Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health, Simmons College
In addition to currently co-chairing the Brookline Commission for Women, Chris Chanyasulkit was also a gubernatorial appointee to both the Massachusetts Asian American Commission and the Commission on the Status of Women. In that capacity, she advocated for the needs of Asian Americans... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Puja Mehta, JD

Puja Mehta, JD

District Director, Chair of the Library Board of Trustees of Brookline, Office of State Senator Karen E. Spilka
In her professional life, Puja works in the Massachusetts state legislature. Puja joined the office of State Senator Karen E. Spilka (current Chair of Senate Ways and Means) in 2009 and serves as the District Director, addressing operating and capital budget needs for the Senator's... Read More →
avatar for Amy Mah Sangiolo, JD

Amy Mah Sangiolo, JD

City Councilor, Ward 4 At-Large of the City of Newton, MA
Amy Mah Sangiolo is an attorney, at-large City Councilor for the City of Newton serving for 20 years, and is the longest serving Asian American elected official in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Amy is a progressive Democrat who grew up in New Jersey - her father, an American... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Lau

Jenny Lau

Director of Scheduling and Special Projects, Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
Jenny Lau is a civic leader in the Greater Boston area, where she serves as the Director of Scheduling and Special Projects at the Office of Massachusetts Attorney General. Previously Jenny advanced women in national and local politics at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation/Political... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:15am - 11:30pm
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10:15am

1c Muslim Girls Making Change
Muslim Girls Making Change (MGMC) hopes to shed some light on their experiences as four identifiable Muslim girls in a majority-white state. MGMC hopes to increase cultural awareness and understanding of the Muslim culture, from the perspective of four young high school girls. Forming in 2016 Muslim Girls Making Change have performed at various venues in Vermont including the Women's March on Montpelier at have competed internationally in Washington, DC.

Moderators
avatar for Kiran Waqar

Kiran Waqar

South Burlington High School, Muslim Girls Making Change
Kiran Waqar is a 17 year old junior (then senior) at South Burlington High School. Driven to make a change in her local and global community, Kiran has engaged in several projects from drives to activism.

Speakers
avatar for Balkisa Abdikadir

Balkisa Abdikadir

South Burlington High School, Muslim Girls Making Change
Balkisa Abdikadir is going into her senior year at Burlington high school. With her outgoing personality and bubbly energy she strives to make a difference by working with community partner and using poetry as her median to speak about social justice issues.
avatar for Hawa Adam

Hawa Adam

South Burlington High School, Muslim Girls Making Change
Hawa Adam is a Junior, soon to be senior at Burlington High school. She is a driven and passionate character. She works to engage and collaborate with community partners. Her goal is to help educate herself and her fellow peers about injustice in the world.
avatar for Lena Ginawi

Lena Ginawi

South Burlington High School, Muslim Girls Making Change
Lena Ginawi is a 16 year old junior at South Burlington High School. She is tired of staying silent on topics revolving around social, racial, and environment issues. She tries her best to allow youth to engage in these conversations, and go out to create change themselves.


Friday October 27, 2017 10:15am - 11:30pm
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10:15am

1d Invisibility of Asian-American Women in Power: Addressing the Absence of Asian-American Women in Leadership Positions
This panel discusses the cultural stigma of being Asian-American in the workplace, overcoming gender inequality, and persevering through the "bamboo ceiling" to reach their dreams.

Moderators
avatar for Czara Venegas

Czara Venegas

Third-year law student
Czara Venegas, a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio - Honors College, is a 3L at New England Law | Boston. She is the Secretary of New England Law’s Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA), President of the Women's Law Caucus, and is part of the planning... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Cooke

Jacqueline Cooke

Regional Administrator, Department of Labor Women’s Bureau
Headquartered in Boston, Jacqueline Cooke is the U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau Regional Administrator for the six New England states. She is responsible for creating programs and implementing national policy. She develops educational programs and demonstration projects in... Read More →
avatar for Tram T. Nguyen

Tram T. Nguyen

Equal Justice Works Fellow Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services
Tram T. Nguyen, a graduate of Tufts University and Northeastern University School of Law, is an Equal Justice Works fellow attorney who is sponsored by the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. She currently works for Greater Boston Legal Services in the Asian... Read More →
avatar for Mary Truong

Mary Truong

Executive Director, Office for Refugees and Immigrants
In May 2015, Governor Baker appointed Mary Truong to serve as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants (ORI).  ORI is primarily federally funded and serves as the refugee resettlement coordinators office. The mission of the agency is to integrate... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Wong-Soto

Lisa Wong-Soto

President, Soto Home Care, Inc.
Lisa Wong is a Senior Fellow at the Governing Institute and the former Mayor of the city of Fitchburg. Mayor Wong has received recognition for her work on a broad range of issues including conservation, urban education, public health and anti-poverty initiatives.  Mayor Wong previously... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:15am - 11:30pm
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10:15am

1e Workers Rights in the Workplace
Moderators
avatar for Patty Collarossi

Patty Collarossi

Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist, US Department of Labor/Wage
Patty Colarossi started with the US Department of Labor /Wage and Hour Division in 1990. Ms. Colarossi worked as an Investigator and remained in that role until August 2011. Ms. Colarossi is currently serving as the Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist for the Boston... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Peter Barletta

Peter Barletta

Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA
Peter Barletta is the current “Compliance Assistance Specialist” from the Boston South OSHA Office in Braintree MA, providing technical assistance, outreach and training to OSHA stakeholders and the public through the development of alliances, partnerships, and cooperative programs... Read More →
KG

Karen Gagnon

Senior Benefits Advisor, US Department of Labor – Employee Benefits Security Administration
Karen Gagnon is a Senior Benefits Advisor with the Boston Regional Office of the U. S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA).   As a Senior Benefits Advisor, Ms. Gagnon provides technical, educational and compliance assistance to employees, employers... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Pino

Anthony Pino

Enforcement Supervisor, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Anthony Pino, Enforcement Supervisor is an eight -year veteran of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Boston Area Office. Anthony started with the Commission in December of 2009 as an investigator and was promoted to Enforcement Supervisor in October of 2014... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:15am - 11:30pm
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11:45am

Complimentary Lunch/Luncheon Plenary: Q/A with the Greater Boston Federal Civil Rights Workgroup
Moderators
avatar for Kenneth An, JD

Kenneth An, JD

Director, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Ken's addition role is with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. Kenneth An is the Director of the Boston Area Office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). At the EEOC, Kenneth has conducted outreach with the Asian-American... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Julia Cowley

Julia Cowley

Supervisor, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Supervisory Senior Resident Agent (SSRA) Julia Cowley has been an FBI Agent for 17 years. Her first assignment in the FBI was to the Boston Division, where she spent over 10 years investigating public corruption, civil rights, and white collar crime. SSRA Cowley was also a member... Read More →
avatar for Susan Forward

Susan Forward

Regional Director of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Susan Forward is the Regional Director of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. She has worked in the civil rights profession for nearly 40 years in both the public and private sectors. She started her career at the MCAD as an Investigator, Testing Coordinator and later... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Griffin

Margaret Griffin

Regional Civil Rights Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation
Margaret (Peggy) Griffin has served as the Regional Civil Rights Officer for the Federal Transit Administration in Region I since January 2001. In this position she is responsible for the oversight of four external Civil Rights programs for the six New England states, for more than... Read More →
avatar for Susan Pezzullo Rhodes

Susan Pezzullo Rhodes

Regional Manager, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Susan Pezzullo Rhodes serves as Regional Manager for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, New England Region. Susan joined the OCR team in December 2002 and prior to her appointment as Regional Manager, served as the Acting Regional Manager, Deputy... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Sereafyn

Jennifer Sereafyn

Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice
Jennifer A. Serafyn is the Chief of the Civil Rights Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. The Civil Rights Unit enforces federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in the areas of education, housing, employment, land use, and... Read More →
avatar for Rhonda Smith

Rhonda Smith

District Director, U.S. Office of Federal Contract and Compliance
Rhonda Aubin-Smith, serves as the District Director for the Boston District Office of the Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Beginning her career with OFCCP in 2000, Rhonda has worked as a Compliance Officer and an Assistant District Director... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 11:45am - 1:15pm
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1:30pm

2a History of Boston’s Chinatown
We will have a panel discussion of the history of Boston’s Chinatown. Boston’s Chinatown has a long and storied history and has woven itself into the fabric of the city. It was not done without some civil rights challenges for the AAPI community in Boston. If we take a look at history we can better understand today. We will also take a look at the civil rights situation now in Boston and take a look toward the future.

Moderators
avatar for Richard Guzofski

Richard Guzofski

Tax Computation Specialist, IRS’s Boston Appeals Office
I am currently working as a Tax Computation Specialist in the IRS’s Boston Appeals Office. Prior to that, I served on Active Duty with the Massachusetts Army National Guard, to include a tour in Iraq in 2005, retiring as a Sergeant First Class. Awards include 5 Army Commendation... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Leong

Andrew Leong

Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts in Boston
Andrew Leong is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Previously he taught at the College of Public and Community Service for over 25 years. From 1987 to 1993, he was Clinical Director of the... Read More →
avatar for Michael Liu

Michael Liu

Michael Liu was born and spent his early life in Chinatown. He played in the rubble of his friends’ homes, when the state created what is today’s I-93. After graduating from Swarthmore, he received his Masters Degree in Engineering at Northeastern and a second in Computer Engineering... Read More →
JY

Joseph Y. Wong

Joseph comes from an extensive family with deep roots in Boston Chinatown. His Grandfather’s grandfather settled in Boston’s Chinatown at the end of the nineteenth century. Together with Joseph’s great grandfather they started the Wong Soon Noodle Company out of the old homestead... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
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1:30pm

2b Human Trafficking in AAPI Communities
Human Trafficking is known as modern day slavery. This panel will examine how AAPI communities are affected by human trafficking. Panelists will discuss what human trafficking is, the different ways how the AAPI community experiences human trafficking, and what services there for trafficked individuals in Boston.

Moderators
avatar for Roselle Agdipa

Roselle Agdipa

J.D. Candidate for 2018; President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) at New England Law | Boston, APALSA at New England Law | Boston
Roselle is a third-year law student at New England Law | Boston. She is the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and the Vice President of the Immigration Law Association. Roselle is pursuing a concentration in immigration law and has clerked at the Asian... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sriya Bhattacharyya

Sriya Bhattacharyya

Human Trafficking Consultant, Project REACH
Sriya Bhattacharyya is a Human Trafficking Consultant at Project REACH in Brookline and Ph.D. Candidate at Boston College. As a consultant she conducts psychological trauma evaluations with individuals who have experienced human trafficking and organizes community agency trainings... Read More →
avatar for Julie Dahlstrom

Julie Dahlstrom

Clinical Associate Professor, Human Trafficking Clinic, Boston University
Julie Dahlstrom is a Clinical Associate Professor and the Director of BU Law’s Immigrants’ Rights & Human Trafficking (“IRHT”) Program. The IRHT Program offers law students the unique opportunity to represent noncitizen and survivor clients while developing important lawyering... Read More →
avatar for Dina Haynes

Dina Haynes

Professor of Law, New England Law | Boston
Dina Haynes teaches several courses at New England Law | Boston, including Immigration Law and Human Trafficking. Before teaching, she served as Director General of the Human Rights Department for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and as human rights adviser... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
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1:30pm

2c Healthy, Wealthy, & Wise
Through various vignettes , attendees will learn about their rights under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Affordable Care Act and many other state and federal laws. The topics pertain to attendees’ financial security, employment rights, health and wellbeing.

Moderators
avatar for Colleen Brisport

Colleen Brisport

Benefits Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration
Colleen Brisport is a Benefits Advisor with the Boston Regional Office of the U. S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. As a Benefits Advisor, Ms. Brisport provides technical assistance and customer service to employers and employees in private sector retirement... Read More →

Speakers
KG

Karen Gagnon

Senior Benefits Advisor, US Department of Labor – Employee Benefits Security Administration
Karen Gagnon is a Senior Benefits Advisor with the Boston Regional Office of the U. S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA).   As a Senior Benefits Advisor, Ms. Gagnon provides technical, educational and compliance assistance to employees, employers... Read More →
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Stephen Richardson

Regional Communications Director, Social Security Administration (SSA)
Stephen began his career with SSA in 1982 as a claims representative in the Roxbury, Massachusetts District Office and since that time, has worked in several different management and staff positions in the Boston area. | | In 2005, Richardson served as a Capitol Hill Fellow and... Read More →
HR

Heather Rossi

Senior Policy Manager, MassHealth
Heather Rossi, as a Senior Policy Manager for MassHealth, is responsible for managing policy issues in collaboration with MassHealth program units, specifically focusing on MassHealth eligibility and operations, as well as, managing cross-agency stakeholder engagement. Prior to coming... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
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1:30pm

2d AAPI Model Minority Myth At Any Age
Join a discussion about how the model minority myth affects Asian Americans, even as we reach retirement.  Are old age and retirement something you're ignoring because your nose is stuck to the grindstone? Pry yourself out from behind your desk.  Come learn about programs aimed at "disrupting" aging and making retirement saving easy. 

Moderators
avatar for Sarah G. Kim

Sarah G. Kim

General Counsel, MA Office of the Treasurer & Receiver General
Sarah G. Kim is General Counsel for the Treasurer and Receiver General of MA managing a team for legal matters pertaining to the MA Treasury, subsidiary agencies and affiliated programs. Previously, Sarah served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Fraud & Financial Crimes Division... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Han, CFA®, CFP®

Sylvia Han, CFA®, CFP®

Financial Advisor
avatar for Daphne Kwok

Daphne Kwok

Vice President, Asian American & Pacific Islander Audience Strategy at AARP
Since July 2013, Daphne Kwok has been Vice President of Multicultural Leadership for the Asian American & Pacific Islander Audience Strategy at AARP. Her work empowers Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to choose how they live as they age. She brings to AARP her experience... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
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1:30pm

2e Commissioners in the Asian American Commission
Moderators
avatar for Bora Chiemruom

Bora Chiemruom

Executive Director, Asian American Commission of Massachusetts
Bora has over 17 years of non-profit leadership experience, including Administrative Manager of YouthBuild International, Program Director of ABCD - Mattapan Head Start, and Program Manager of the Citizenship Assistance Program (CAP) at the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Vira Douangmany Cage

Vira Douangmany Cage

Vira Douangmany Cage was six years old in 1980 when she, her parents and four siblings arrived in the United States from Laos as refugee immigrants.  She grew up in Wilmington and Dorchester, MA.  She is a graduate of Boston Latin Academy and the University of Massachusetts at... Read More →
avatar for Loan Dao

Loan Dao

Loan Dao is a refugee of the Viet Nam war and migrated to the U.S. with her family in 1975. She is an Associate Professor in the undergraduate Asian American Studies program and the graduate Transnational Cultural and Community Studies (TCCS) program. She received her Ph.D. at the... Read More →
avatar for Dimple Rana

Dimple Rana

​Dimple's advocacy for Revere, Massachusetts spans across neighborhoods, sectors, and generations ​of Revere residents. As Director of the City's department of Healthy Community Initiatives and Co-Director of Revere On the Move, she has worked with residents, businesses, and stakeholders... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
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3:00pm

3a Access to the Legal System: Criminal, Housing and Immigration Law

Access to justice is a huge problem in America. This panel discusses the issues that people have in access justice. Specifically the panel focuses on current and past issues with people accessing justice in courts in the areas of criminal, housing and immigration law. 


Moderators
avatar for Jason Y. Chan

Jason Y. Chan

Partner, Seed, Chan and Associates
Jason Y. Chan, Partner of Seed, Chan and Associates, LLC. Attorney Chan attended Northeastern University and received a political science and psychology degree. He then went on to attend law school at New England School of Law. Attorney Jason Chan started his career with the Worcester... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Judge Myong J. Joun

Judge Myong J. Joun

Associate Justice, Boston Municipal Court
HON. MYONG J. JOUN was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court by Governor Deval Patrick in 2014. Prior to his appointment, Judge Joun was in private practice focusing on criminal defense and civil rights litigation in state and federal courts. He received... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Leong

Andrew Leong

Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts in Boston
Andrew Leong is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Previously he taught at the College of Public and Community Service for over 25 years. From 1987 to 1993, he was Clinical Director of the... Read More →
avatar for Bethany Li

Bethany Li

Senior Attorney, Asian Outreach Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services
Bethany Li is a senior attorney leading the Asian Outreach Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services. The Asian Outreach Unit uses a community lawyering model to serve the legal needs of Asian Americans by strengthening the impact of community organizing through direct legal services... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
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3:00pm

3b AAPI Health Disparities
Moderators
avatar for Elisa Choi

Elisa Choi

Chairperson, Commonwealth of MA Asian American Commission (AAC)
Dr. Elisa Choi is the current Chairperson of the Commonwealth of MA Asian American Commission (AAC), and is the Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee of the AAC. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and practices both as an Internist and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for George King, MD

George King, MD

Joslin Diabetes Center
George L. King, M.D., is the Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, and Head of the Section on Vascular Cell Biology at Joslin Diabetes Center, as well as a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. King received his medical degree from Duke University School... Read More →
avatar for Kim Nghiem, Psy.D.

Kim Nghiem, Psy.D.

Director, Asian Mental Health Program, Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA)
Dr. Kim Nghiem is a child refugee of the Vietnam War.  She grew up in Rochester, NY and has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to live/work in some of the most diverse and beautiful communities in the United States.  She received her B.A. in Psychology from S.U.N.Y. Geneseo... Read More →
avatar for Carolyn Wong

Carolyn Wong

Research Associate, Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston
Carolyn Wong is a Research Associate at the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is beginning a new study of problem gambling in Boston Chinatown (FY 2017), which extends her prior survey research on college age gambling among Asian Americans... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
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3:00pm

3c Economic Development
Moderators
avatar for Robert H. Nelson

Robert H. Nelson

District Director, Small Business Administration Massachusetts District Office
Robert H. Nelson was appointed district director of SBA’s Massachusetts District Office on November 26, 2007. The district office is located in Boston with a branch office in Springfield, Massachusetts. | | As district director, Mr. Nelson is responsible for the effective delivery... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Yongmei Chen

Yongmei Chen

Senior Vice President, Community Development Lending Group, Eastern Bank
Yongmei Chen has been in the banking industry for over 20 years and is currently the Senior Vice President of Community Development Lending Group at Eastern Bank. Yongmei’s lending focus is in the areas of affordable housing, economic revitalization projects that involve tax credits... Read More →
avatar for Norman Eng

Norman Eng

Economic Development Specialist/Public Information Officer, U.S. Small Business Administration, Massachusetts District Office
Norman Eng is an Economic Development Specialist & Public Information Officer for the SBA Massachusetts District Office.  Norman's focus is to optimize the positive impacts of SBA economic development programs and services on the growth of the local economy.  Norman conducts outreach... Read More →
avatar for Priya Ashok Lane

Priya Ashok Lane

Economic Justice Project Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice
Priya Lane was appointed the Director of the Economic Justice Project of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice (LCCR) in 2016 after serving the organization as a staff attorney, fellow, and intern. Priya leads LCCR’s work to provide minority... Read More →
avatar for Carmen Panacopoulos

Carmen Panacopoulos

Senior Financial Institution Relation Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Carmen Panacopoulos: Carmen manages Boston Fed relations with financial institutions headquartered in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Previously, Carmen held leadership positions in the commercial real estate groups of JP Morgan Chase and RBS Citizens. She's also... Read More →
avatar for Julian Tynes

Julian Tynes

Assistant Secretary for the Office of Diversity and Civil Rights, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, MassDOT
Attorney Julian T. Tynes was appointed Assistant Secretary for the Office of Diversity and Civil Rights (ODCR) for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) during the summer of 2015 by Stephanie Pollack... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
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3:00pm

3d US Immigration Policy and Status of South Korea
Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Song Hwan Kwon

Song Hwan Kwon

Deputy Consul General, Korean Consulate in Boston
Mr. KWON joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea in 1998. He served as Director of North America Division 2 in the Foreign Ministry immediately before his current assignment to Boston. One of his job as a Director was to enhance relations with the U.S. Congress... Read More →
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Denis Riordan

District Director, Citizenship Immigration Services


Friday October 27, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
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3:00pm

3e Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Career Opportunities and Diversity and Inclusion
Mr. Sterling will discuss a variety of DEA career opportunities, and talk about the importance of having a workforce that is diverse, educated, and experienced.  Mr. Sterling will provide valuable information for college/university students who are interested in the DEA Internship Program.

Moderators
avatar for Tony M. Sterling

Tony M. Sterling

Supervisory Special Agent, Drug Enforcement Administration
Tony M. Sterling is a Supervisory Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and is presently assigned at the Boston Divisional Office, New England Field Division.  Mr. Sterling graduated from the City University of New York with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Hirschbert

Wendy Hirschbert

Northeast region’s Inclusiveness and Flexibility Leader, Ernest & Young
Wendy Hirschberg is the Northeast Region’s Inclusiveness and Flexibility Leader (IFL). Wendy joined the Northeast Region from the Americas Center of Expertise for Inclusiveness (COE), where she worked as a lead strategist. As the Northeast IFL, Wendy works closely with our leadership... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
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4:30pm

Closing Address
Speakers
avatar for Tackey Chan

Tackey Chan

State Representative
Tackey Chan is the State Representative for the Second Norfolk District, including thirteen of the thirty precincts in Quincy, Massachusetts.  Tackey is a current and lifelong resident of Quincy.  He was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2010 and is... Read More →
avatar for Elisa Choi

Elisa Choi

Chairperson, Commonwealth of MA Asian American Commission (AAC)
Dr. Elisa Choi is the current Chairperson of the Commonwealth of MA Asian American Commission (AAC), and is the Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee of the AAC. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and practices both as an Internist and... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm
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