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Friday, October 21
 

8:00am

Complimentary Breakfast & Registration
Friday October 21, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
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9:00am

Welcome Address
Speakers
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 community and eliminated discriminatory job advertisements in Chinese newspapers that were circulated nationally.  Kenneth has sat on several... 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 (CMAA). She is currently on the Community Advisory Board of the Institute for Asian American Studies at UMASS Boston.  Bora was honored with the City of Lowell... Read More →
avatar for Doua Thor

Doua Thor

Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI)
Doua Thor serves as the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Previously, she served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Initiative. Doua also served as a Senior Fellow with the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD). Prior to this Doua was the Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) for nearly 9 years... Read More →
avatar for Paul Watanabe

Paul Watanabe

Director, Institute for Asian American Studies
Paul Y. Watanabe is currently associate professor of political science and director of the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Professor Watanabe is chair of the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations; President of the Board of Directors of the Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund; a member of the Board of Directors of the American Civil... Read More →
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Honorable William G. Young

Judge, United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
Honorable William G. Young, Judge of the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, has been an active trial judge for more than 25 years, serving on both the Massachusetts Superior Court (1977-85) and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (1985-present). After receiving his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1962, he served two years as an officer in the United States Army. His legal... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
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10:15am

1a AAPI in Government Careers
The sharing of working experience, challenges, and opportunities of AAPIs in government careers at various Federal, State, and City agencies.

Moderators
avatar for Nianzu Joe Yang

Nianzu Joe Yang

International Examiner, Internal Revenue Service
Joe Yang is an international examiner for the IRS, Large Business & International Division, specialized in U.S. tax implications of cross border transactions for the past 10 years.  Joe also spent 5 years at big-four accounting firms specializing in tax practice as well as another 5 years in corporate tax for multi-national corporations.  Joe obtained his B.S. in Accounting from UMass Lowell, and M.S. in Taxation from Bentley... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kimberley E. Ainsworth

Kimberley E. Ainsworth

Executive Director, Greater Boston Federal Executive Board
Kimberly E. Ainsworth was appointed as the Executive Director of the Greater Boston Federal Executive Board in 1998.   She received a B.S. in Communications from UMass in 1991 and a M.S. in Human Resources Development from Northeastern University in 1996.   She began her Federal career as a Presidential Management Intern with the Environmental Protection Agency in 1996 and is now an employee of the US Department of Homeland... Read More →
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 at the MA Attorney General’s Office. Sarah also worked at Bingham McCutchen LLP for ten years on securities enforcement and litigation, and... Read More →
avatar for Betty K. Yau

Betty K. Yau

Assistant to the Mayor, City of Quincy Constituent Services
Betty Yau first worked for the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office in 1988. In 1992, she created Boston Chinese Radio on WJDA and WBPS providing targeted listeners the knowledge to integrate into the community. In 2008, Betty joined the staff of Mayor Thomas Koch of City of Quincy, serving in the Office of Constituent Services. Betty also founded the Mayor’s Asian American Advisory Committee and the TV show “Eye on... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:30pm
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10:15am

1b AAPIs and Media
Moderators
avatar for Jason Chou

Jason Chou

Founder & Lead Coordinator, 8centric.org
Jason has been in the nonprofit sector for more than eight years. He believes that volunteers are capable of so much more than just planning social venues and contributing sporadic hours that amount to no measurable changes. He makes it his mission to identify dedicated volunteers who can fuse innovative ideas with effective community programmings. | | He runs 8centric, an organization that helps connect you to the Asian American &... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Teja Arboleda, M.Ed.

Teja Arboleda, M.Ed.

President, Entertaining Diversity, Inc.
Teja Arboleda, M.Ed. is the president of Entertaining Diversity, Inc. He produces documentaries for PBS and won an EMMY award and two Telly Awards. His documentary Model Minority: Do The Math stirred considerable dialogue nationwide. As an actor and public speaker he has performed over 1,000 times in 48 states. Arboleda’s iPhone app RaceOff challenges racial categories and his books In The Shadow of Race, Mixed Feelings and Jeni So Many... Read More →
avatar for Shirley Tang

Shirley Tang

Associate Professor, Asian American Studies in the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development at University of Massachusetts Boston
Dr. Shirley Suet-ling Tang (鄧雪齡) is Associate professor of Asian American Studies in the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development at University of Massachusetts Boston where she has taught since 2001. UMass Boston is a federally designated and funded Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Minority-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) research university. During the past 13 years, Dr. Tang has become a university and national... Read More →
avatar for Michael Tow

Michael Tow

Professional Film, TV and Theater Actor
Michael Tow is a professional Film, TV and Theater actor living in Boston. He has appeared in Hollywood films like Unfinished Business opposite Dave Franco and Universal's RIPD with Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges. Last year he appeared in Netflix's Master of None (Emmy award), Daredevil (Season 1) and USA's Royal Pains. His award Winning short Mockumentary, East of Hollywood has been playing across the country. | | Selected Theater credits... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:30pm
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10:15am

1c LGBTQ discrimination in the AAPI community
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 Medals and 3 Army Achievement medals.  Since coming to Appeals I served 4 years on the Diversity & Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Constance M. McGrane

Constance M. McGrane

General Counsel, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
CONSTANCE M. McGRANE is General Counsel of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. She is the chief legal advisor to the Commissioners and agency on all matters concerning the agency and the cases before it. Prior to her present position, she was a partner at Conn Kavanaugh where she specialized in employment and business litigation matters and provided counsel to individuals and corporations. Before joining the law firm she was an... Read More →
avatar for Maxwell Ng

Maxwell Ng

Chair, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC)
Maxwell Ng is an Architect with over ten years of experience designing university environments, commercial developments and elder housing. His previous specialties include laboratory science and nano technology facilities.  He currently works for the award winning architecture and design firm DiMella Shaffer. | | At present time he serves as the Chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), as well as on the Steering... 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 Regional Manager, Senior Equal Opportunity Specialist (Health Disparities and Privacy Team Lead) and Equal Opportunity Specialist.  Susan also... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:30pm
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10:15am

1d Healthy, Wealthy, and 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
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Christine Tang

Senior Investigator, U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration
Investigator with the Boston Regional Office for U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration.   As an investigator, Ms. Tang conducts complex, multifaceted civil and criminal health care investigations involving ERISA covered plans, individuals and service providers of employee benefit plans.  Ms. Tang is a graduate of New England Law and a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

Speakers
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 and welfare benefit plans.  She also does outreach and education on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and related laws... Read More →
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Roberto Medina

Regional Communications Director, U.S. Social Security Administration
Roberto Medina has been the Regional Communications Director for the Boston Region since October 2011.  Roberto is responsible for coordinating all of the Agency’s communications activities in the six New England States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. | | Roberto began his career with the Social Security Administration in 1993, as a student employee in the Chelsea, Massachusetts field... Read More →
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Corrinne Altman Moore

Director of Policy at MassHealth, MassHealth
Corrinne Altman Moore (Corri) is the Director of Policy at MassHealth.  She is responsible for developing MassHealth policy initiatives, managing federal partnerships with CMS, and addressing member policy concerns.  Corri has provided policy expertise on the MassHealth Payment and Care Delivery Reform initiatives at MassHealth, including staffing the Long-Term Services and Supports Workgroup in fall 2015.  Corri also led the... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:30pm
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10:15am

1e Women's Equality in the Workplace
Women have engaged in an endless fight for equality in the workplace, especially concerning wages. Women in the AAPI community have an even harder battle since women not only face the glass ceiling, but also the bamboo ceiling. This panel will explore how women can recognize when they are facing the glass or bamboo ceiling and what they can do to break through these barriers.

Moderators
avatar for Iriza Guray

Iriza Guray

Student, New England Law | Boston APALSA
Iriza Guray, a graduate of Gonzaga University, is a 3L at New England Law | Boston. She is President of New England Law’s Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) and is part of the planning committee for the AAPI Civil Rights Forum.

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 partnership with employers, educational institutions, labor unions, and community based organizations on issues of concern to working women and girls including... 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 Outreach Unit and focuses on assisting survivors of domestic violence, particularly those from the Vietnamese American community of Greater Boston, with various... Read More →
avatar for Huong Pham

Huong Pham

Investigator, Fair Labor Division, Office of Attorney General
Born and raised in Boston, Huong Phan is a first-generation, Vietnamese-American community activist and working professional with 5+ years in the non-profit and government sectors.  She has worked as the Vietnamese Outreach Paralegal and Legal Advocate at the Asian Outreach Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services and as a Research Analyst in the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business for former State Representative and... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:30pm
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11:30am

Complimentary Lunch & Speaker
Leon Kaulahao Siu, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Hawaiian Kingdom, will speak from 12:30 - 1:00

Speakers
avatar for Leon Kaulahao Siu

Leon Kaulahao Siu

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hawaiian Kingdom
Leon Kaulahao Siu is a composer, musician, artist, educator and statesman. He is the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Hawaiian Kingdom, serving in that capacity since the year 2000. Since the early 1970s, Mr. Siu has been involved in progressive stages of the movement to reinstate the Hawaiian Kingdom as an independent state. As the Minister of Foreign Affairs his duties are: to develop, nurture and advance diplomatic relations with other... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 11:30am - 2:00pm
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1:30pm

2a The Rights to Special Education
The panel will discuss special education law and rights for students and families in order to increase access for AAPI communities.

Moderators
avatar for Angela Doan

Angela Doan

Dual-Degree Law and Education Student, Boston College Law School & Lynch School of Education
Angee Doan is a current 3L at Boston College Law School also in the dual degree program for a Masters of Educational Administration at the Lynch School of Education (LSOE). She is a former Title-I elementary school teacher with five years of experience teaching in mainstream, inclusive classrooms in grades 2-4. She worked with families and students with learning disabilities by creating an integrated classroom and implemented IEPs and 504... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Oanh Bui

Oanh Bui

Health Educator and Outreach Specialist, The Federation for Children with Special Needs
Oanh Thi Thu Bui, MA, MHA has been advocated tirelessly for Vietnamese speaking parents and parents from culturally linguistically diverse (CLD) communities on the Language Access to ensure CLD parents can fully participate in their children’s special education process. Being a cultural broker herself, she understands greatly the obstacles which not only Vietnamese families are facing but also many of non-English speaking families are... 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 5 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 and a family member of LEP adult with Intellectual Disability, she understands the importance of supporting the student’s language need and parent’s language access right. Last summer... Read More →
avatar for Francine Sherman

Francine Sherman

Clinical Professor, Boston College Law School
Francine Sherman is a Clinical Professor at Boston College Law School where she has been teaching Juvenile Justice and Children’s Rights & Public Policy for the past twenty years and where she founded and directs the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Program. She speaks and writes widely about the juvenile justice system and, in particular, about girls in the justice system. She has spoken before Congress and at the White House, served on a U.S... Read More →
avatar for Janine Solomon

Janine Solomon

Managing Attorney/Senior Project Director, Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC)
Janine is a graduate of Boston College Law School, and also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University.  Prior to joining MAC in September 2015, Janine was Of Counsel at the Boston law firm of Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP (KCS), where she practiced in the area of Special Education & Disability Rights.  She represented students with disabilities and their parents to advocate for appropriate special... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
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1:30pm

2b AAPI Human Rights
Moderators
avatar for Mary K. Y. Lee

Mary K. Y. Lee

Mary K. Y. Lee is an attorney in based in Boston. Her practice concentrates on business immigration and real estate litigation She earned her degrees from Boston College and Touro Law Center in New York.

Speakers
avatar for Tackey Chan

Tackey Chan

State Representative, Second Norfolk District, Massachusetts
Tackey Chan is currently 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 currently serving his third term in office.  He is the Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses, a... Read More →
avatar for Commissioner William Christopher

Commissioner William Christopher

Commissioner, Boston Inspectional Services Department
William Christopher Jr. was born in Boston and is a long time resident of the Dorchester area. Mr. Christopher is married with six children and known to family and friends by the nickname “Buddy”.  | | He lived in Bronx, NY from the 4th – 9th grade.  At the age of 14, while attending grammar school in New York an English teacher gave him a book on the life of Antoino Gaudi, a Spanish architect. This is the point when... Read More →
avatar for Leon Kaulahao Siu

Leon Kaulahao Siu

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hawaiian Kingdom
Leon Kaulahao Siu is a composer, musician, artist, educator and statesman. He is the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Hawaiian Kingdom, serving in that capacity since the year 2000. Since the early 1970s, Mr. Siu has been involved in progressive stages of the movement to reinstate the Hawaiian Kingdom as an independent state. As the Minister of Foreign Affairs his duties are: to develop, nurture and advance diplomatic relations with other... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
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1:30pm

2c Own It – Housing Related Issues
The goal of the panel is to raise awareness and educate participants about various housing discrimination and other housing related legal battles that Asian American and Pacific Islanders face. Residential housing discrimination and segregation has been the most intractable, and the panel hopes to initiate a productive and insightful discussion into such issues.

Moderators
avatar for Karin Yoo

Karin Yoo

Law school student, Boston College Law School
Karin Yoo is a second year student at Boston College Law School. This summer, she worked as an Investigation/Law Enforcement intern at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she provided direct assistance to federal investigators in handling inquiries of employment discrimination. She is committed to advocating for the rights of immigrants/refugees, and is dedicated to raising awareness of various legal issues that AAPI... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Karen Chen

Karen Chen

Co-Director, Chinese Progressive Association (CPA)
Karen Chen is Co-Director of CPA. Upon completing college, she became the Worker Rights organizer at the CPA, help Chinese workers to learn about and organize for our rights in the workplace. Karen also worked as a paralegal at the Asian Outreach Unit at the Greater Boston Legal Service and the Tenant Service Coordinator at the Castle Square Apartments, a five hundred unit low-income housing complex on the border of Boston’s Chinatown and... 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 Housing Unit Supervisor. After 9 years at MCAD, Ms. Forward took a position with the Greater Boston Real Estate Board as its first Director of Equal Opportunity.
avatar for Professor Daniel Lyons

Professor Daniel Lyons

Associate Professor of Law, Boston College Law School
Daniel Lyons is an Associate Professor of Law at Boston College Law School, where he specializes in the areas of telecommunications, administrative law, and property. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Before joining the Boston College faculty, he clerked for the Honorable Cynthia Holcomb Hall of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced law at the firms of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Munger, Tolles & Olson... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
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1:30pm

2d Challenges and Opportunities to Build Communities
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 of SBA’s financial and business development programs with a mission to counsel, assist and protect the interest of small business statewide in order to... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lawrence Andrews

Lawrence Andrews

President and CEO, Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation
Lawrence Andrews is the President and CEO of the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation. MGCC mission is to create and create jobs at small businesses, women and minority owned businesses, and to promote economic development in underserved, gateway municipalities and low and moderate income communities.  Larry has over 34 years of lending and financial experience by helping businesses meet their financial goals.  He has served... Read More →
avatar for Khanh H. Nguyen

Khanh H. Nguyen

Procurement Center Representative, U.S Small Business Administration
Khanh Nguyen joined the Small Business Administration (SBA) in February 2016 and is currently the Procurement Center Representative (PCR) for various buying activities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Prior to joining the SBA, Khanh worked at Hanscom Air Force Base (AFB) as a Contract Specialist and Officer. While at Hanscom AFB, he procured and negotiated products and services in systems contracting for various defense programs... 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 had management roles at Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston and MassHousing. Carmen graduated from North Adams State College, has a master's in business administration... Read More →
avatar for Nam Pham

Nam Pham

Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Nam recently joined the Baker/Polito Administration as the Assistant Secretary of Business Development which oversees the Mass. Office of Business Development, Mass. Office of Travel and Tourism, Mass. Film Office and Mass. Office of International Trade & Investment.  Previously Nam was the CEO of Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID). | | Nam has been a commercial banker for more than 20 years in both lending and... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
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1:30pm

2e Employment Issues
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 District Office.  This  role within Wage and Hour is  to help assist with sustaining Wage and Hour compliance by providing educational... Read More →

Speakers
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 community and eliminated discriminatory job advertisements in Chinese newspapers that were circulated nationally.  Kenneth has sat on several... Read More →
avatar for Peter Barletta

Peter Barletta

Compliance Assistance Specialist, Boston South OSHA Office
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.   From 2004 to 2014 he was the Assistant Area Director for the OSHA Braintree Office, supervising OSHA Compliance Officers.  He also... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
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3:00pm

3a Health Care Disparities
Moderators
avatar for Dr. Elisa Choi

Dr. 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 as an Infectious Disease, HIV, and Hepatitis infection specialist. Dr. Choi has a particular interest in healthcare disparities, and in providing culturally competent... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Ngo

Catherine Ngo

Clinical Research Coordinator II, Massachusetts General Hospital
I work in the Disparities Research Unit with the Positive Minds – Strong Bodies study, a multisite randomized controlled trial designed to build community capacity to prevent physical and mental health disability among minority elders. My research interests include identifying and addressing barriers to accessing mental and physical health services, and collaborating with community groups serving the Chinese population to improve the use of... Read More →
avatar for Ed Wang

Ed Wang

President, National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
President of the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association that developed the national blue print for integrated care for AAPI, a member of the Advisory Council on Refugees and Immigrants of the Baker’s Administration and past recipient of the Asian American Commission’s Community Hero Award.  He was the first Asian American psychologist appointed to the National Advisory Council, SAMHSA, an advocate on... Read More →
avatar for Paul Watanabe

Paul Watanabe

Director, Institute for Asian American Studies
Paul Y. Watanabe is currently associate professor of political science and director of the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Professor Watanabe is chair of the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations; President of the Board of Directors of the Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund; a member of the Board of Directors of the American Civil... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
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3:00pm

3b Student Loan Debt Crisis
This panel focuses on managing student loan debt, reducing financial barriers to higher education, the availability of student debt relief programs and how to benefit from them. Panelists will discuss what kind of work they do in their practice area and what a typical day is like for them. They will also discuss how they became interested in the field they are currently in and the ways in which advocates and other professionals can provide assistance to borrowers.

Moderators
avatar for Jacquelyn S. Pina

Jacquelyn S. Pina

Law Student, Juris Doctor Candidate 2017, New England Law | Boston
Jacquelyn Pina is a 3rd year law student at New England Law | Boston. She serves on the executive board for the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) as Vice President, where she also mentors new and incoming law students. In addition, Jacquelyn serves on the executive board for the Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA) as Vice President. In her spare time, she volunteers for Rice Sticks and Tea, an Asian Food Pantry in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Akemi Neilson, EdD

Patricia Akemi Neilson, EdD

Director, Asian American Student Success Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston
Patricia Akemi Neilson is the director of the Asian American Student Success Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston that is funded by the Department of Education, Title III, Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) grant. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Neilson was the director of the Center for Collaborative Leadership in the College of Management at UMass Boston. She has also served as an... Read More →
avatar for Monica Teixeira de Sousa

Monica Teixeira de Sousa

Professor of Law, New England Law | Boston
Professor Teixeira de Sousa teaches Education and the Law, Education and Class Mobility, Family Law, and Property. She worked as a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney at Rhode Island Legal Services and served as a trainer for the Legal Services Training Consortium of New England. She is a founding member and past chair of the Rhode Island Education Justice Council and has been a presenter on issues of equity and education at a number of programs.
avatar for Dominick Yammine

Dominick Yammine

Debt and Credit Specialist, Yousif Law
Dominick Yammine joined Yousif Law in 2012 as the primary Debt and Credit Specialist. Prior, Dominick was an Audit Consultant with Deloitte in Southern France for three years. At Yousif Law he works with a wide scope of clients, ranging from businesses to individuals, on comprehensive solutions to the financial issues they face.  He specializes in financial auditing, as well as petitions for chapters 7, 11, and chapter 13 bankruptcies. In... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
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3:00pm

3c Finding the Gold Mountain: Sharing Success Stories
Three Asian Americans of substance share their paths to success, openly and sincerely - their defining moments, how they failed upward, and how they got back on their feet.

At 28 years old, Daniel A. Koh became the first and youngest Asian American chief of staff for a Boston Mayor. At the Boston Globe, Shirley Leung is the fearless and outspoken columnist, making her way into the drawing room full of white folks. At the Boston Fire Department, Connie Wong brings her moxie to the work of the Boston Fire Department as Deputy Commissioner.

If they can do it, you can too!

Each is available to answer your questions, in what promises to be a stimulating Q&A open forum.    

Moderators
avatar for Betty Lim King

Betty Lim King

Executive Director, Help for Asian American with Addictions (HAAA)
Betty Lim King is author of “Girl On A Leash: The Healing Power of Dogs” and “Healing with my Dogs” in another book “From America to Africa, Voices of Filipino Women Overseas.” She was Development Director and Board member for various community based nonprofits.  She was restaurant critic for the Charlotte Observer, lifestyle columnist for the Catawba Valley Neighbors and sociology instructor at the Lenior... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Arrigg Koh

Daniel Arrigg Koh

Chief of Staff, City of Boston
As chief of staff, Dan advises Boston's Mayor Walsh on key issues and helps him execute his vision for the city and its 18,000 employees. | | Dan was General Manager of HuffPost Live  where he oversaw operations. He served as Chief of Staff to Arianna Huffington, aiding in the oversight of the 700-person international organization. He held many executive positions. | | Dan holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard College and an MBA from... Read More →
avatar for Shirley Leung

Shirley Leung

Columnist & Associate Editor, Boston Globe
Shirley Leung is a columnist at The Boston Globe writing on everything from the cost of the Olympics to gender issues in the workplace. She was a 2015 finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary and a speaker at TedxAmherst. Her columns have earned her many fans – and trolls on Twitter -- which probably explains why Boston Magazine wrote this about Leung: “Love her or hate her, you had to read her.” Shirley also appears... Read More →
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Connie Wong

Deputy Commissioner, Boston Fire Department
Connie grew up on Beach Street in Boston’s Chinatown. A graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School, Connie began her legal career in 1995 with the City of Boston Law Department as an Assistant Corporation Counsel.  In 2000, she joined the Suffolk Superior Court Criminal Clerk's Office as an Assistant Clerk of Courts. In 2004 she was appointed a Trial Magistrate where she presided over pretrial criminal court... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
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3:00pm

3d Access to Justice
Discussing civil rights and access to the legal system whether for immigration, landlord tenant, civil, criminal or other areas of law. The panel will discuss the affects of culture, national origin and language have on people trying to access the legal system. 

Moderators
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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 District Attorney's Office. Attorney Chan now focuses his practice on criminal defense. His firm has offices in Boston, Worcester, Beverly, and New Bedford.

Speakers
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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 B.A. degrees in philosophy and political science from the University of Massachusetts and a J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law. He has served as an author... Read More →
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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 Chinatown Clinical Program at Boston College Law School. He was the Supervising Attorney of the Asian Outreach Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services from 1986 to... Read More →
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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, advocacy and legislative campaigns, and impact litigation. Previously, Ms. Li was a Robert M. Cover Fellow at Yale Law School, where she taught and supervised... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
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3:00pm

3e Domestic Dilemmas
This panel is to  help educate the AAPI community on what kind of resources there are to help when domestic problems (e.g., spousal, intergenerational conflicts) arise in a country that might not understand the AAPI-specific cultural pieces of such issues. We will introduce different local organizations, consider specific problem scenarios, and end with a Q&A.

Moderators
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Diane Kim

In-House Counsel, Northeast Regional Director, The Veritas Forum
Diane received a Bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in Communications, a Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University, and a Masters in Theological Studies at Harvard University. Diane has a passion for advancing religious freedom - which is what motivated her to add a theology degree to her legal qualification. Since completing her JD, she has been admitted to the State Bars of Massachusetts, Georgia and New York.

Speakers
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Simone Bui

Supervising Attorney, Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
Prior to her current role as supervising attorney of the Legal Advocacy Program at the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, Simone Bui was the attorney for the Asian Battered Women’s Project in the Asian Outreach Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services. She has been involved with immigrant access to justice issues and with immigrant battered victims since 2001.
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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 Outreach Unit and focuses on assisting survivors of domestic violence, particularly those from the Vietnamese American community of Greater Boston, with various... Read More →
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Dawn Sauma

Co-Executive Director, Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
Dawn Sauma, is the Co-Executive Director of Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK). She has worked in social services for over 20 years as clinical director of ATASK, a clinician, educator, manager, and administrator, within the mental health, school, judicial and academic systems.  She earned her BA in Psychology and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Dawn is a Licensed Social Work Clinician... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
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4:30pm

Closing Address
Speakers
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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 community and eliminated discriminatory job advertisements in Chinese newspapers that were circulated nationally.  Kenneth has sat on several... Read More →
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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 (CMAA). She is currently on the Community Advisory Board of the Institute for Asian American Studies at UMASS Boston.  Bora was honored with the City of Lowell... Read More →
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Dr. 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 as an Infectious Disease, HIV, and Hepatitis infection specialist. Dr. Choi has a particular interest in healthcare disparities, and in providing culturally competent... Read More →
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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 B.A. degrees in philosophy and political science from the University of Massachusetts and a J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law. He has served as an author... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm
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