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OCA National Convention Comes to Jersey City

Wednesday, June 22, 2016   (0 Comments)
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22 June 2016

CONTACT:  Nick Lee | Communications Associate

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WASHINGTON, D.C. OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, in conjunction with OCA - New Jersey, will host its 43rd annual National Convention at the Westin Jersey City Newport in Jersey City, New Jersey from July 21-24, 2016.

The OCA National Convention is one of the preeminent annual events within the Asian American and Pacific Islander community that draws hundreds of community members, affiliates, and partners from across the country. The theme of this year’s convention is “Forging Ahead”, highlighting the new, positive direction that OCA is headed and the organization’s ongoing community advocacy work.

During the convention, important discussions between policy experts and thought leaders will take place in workshops that cover many of the most important issues affecting the community. Among these topics are data disaggregation for Asian American and Pacific Islander students, fixing the nation’s broken immigration system, loving LGBTQ children, and the disturbing pattern of racial profiling of Asian American scientists. All workshops are free to attend for community members and registration is not required.

“Since OCA’s foundation more than 40 years ago, our national convention has served as a place for leaders in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community to have important conversations about how to move our community forward. That is why we also honor individuals that have gone above and beyond to aid their community and set a good example for others,” said Ken Lee, OCA Chief Executive Officer. “I am proud to announce that the recipients of the 2016 OCA Outstanding Citizen Achievement Awards are Judge Denny Chin, Commissioner Upendra J. Chivukula, Professor Erika Lee, and U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng. Each individual truly embodies the spirit of public service that all of us in the Asian Pacific American community should aspire to.”

Convention will also host accompanying youth, college, and young professional events that are designed to bring together young people to prepare them as the leaders of tomorrow. These tracks help young people learn the skills and cultural competency necessary to succeed in our world as an Asian American or Pacific Islander. Meals are included for these events and they are completely free of charge to students, but registration is required in advance.

For more information on the Convention tracks or registration in a youth, college, or young professionals track please click HERE. For full registration, please click HERE.

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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