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OCA National Convention Raises Money for Local School

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OCA National Convention Raises Money for Local School


3 July 2015

CONTACT:  Michael W. Kwan | National President

202 223 5500 |

SAN FRANCISCO, C.A. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates will host its Friday Night commUNITY Event at Francisco Middle School tonight as a part of its 42nd Annual National Convention. Proceeds from the fundraiser raffle at this event will go towards OCA’s general fund and Francisco Middle School.

Tonight’s event will feature a raffle using gifts donated from OCA members and partners. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated towards the host site, Francisco Middle School. This event will be hosted by local OCA chapters, OCA – San Francisco, OCA – East Bay, and OCA – San Mateo. 

“Educational access is a key priority for OCA which makes Francisco Middle School, whose student body is 70 percent Asian American and Pacific Islander, the perfect venue to highlight the education issues affecting our community,” said Michael W. Kwan, OCA National President. “Francisco Middle School is innovating the best ways to help students succeed because the staff reflects the diversity of the student body it serves.”

Asian American and Pacific Islander educators are vastly underrepresented in management and administrative roles in education, which holds our schools back from best serving Asian American and Pacific Islander students because there is a lack of top-level educators that are aware of the issues facing our students.

“In addition to co-hosting our event, Principal of Francisco Middle School Kennith Lee was a featured speaker during our B3 Educator Track workshop that will help more Asian American and Pacific Islander educators move into management and administrative roles,” continued Kwan. “This increased representation will create an education system that is more responsive to Asian American and Pacific Islander issues.”

“The proceeds from this event will help our community in two ways, by filtering directly to Francisco Middle School and also by supporting our policy programs that advocate at the national level for education reform,” Kwan declared. “In the midst of our National Convention, we are still working hard to advocate for the Hirono-Heller All Students Count Amendment that would disaggregate federal data on students to expose educational disparities within the Asian American community. These metrics are important to providing help to the students that need it most and making our education system more just and equitable.”

The OCA National Convention is one of the preeminent annual events for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community that draws hundreds of community members, affiliates, and partners from across the country. This year’s convention is expected to attract over 500 advocates to discuss important policy issues affecting the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. These discussions will take place in panels and workshops featuring prominent Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders, as well as in youth, college, and professional programs that will foster the next generation of community advocates and leaders.

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).

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