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Coming Out of the Shadows: The Case for Equal Opportunity in Education
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Coming Out of the Shadows: The Case for Equal Opportunity in Education
2013 OCA National Convention General Track Workshops
Saturday, July 20, 2013; 2:00 - 3:15 PM
Omni Shoreham Hotel; Washington, DC

Asian Pacific Americans are thinkers, the innovators, and the DREAMers. While APAs struggle to shed the model minority myth, many underserved communities continue to face racial economic disparities which stunt access to higher education. Join us for a TED Talk series on Affirmative Action, the DREAM Act, and the State of APA education as we explore equal opportunity policies that are crucial to the APA community.

Featured Speakers:

Monica Thammarath, NEA

Monica Thammarath is a senior liaison in the Office of Minority Community Organizing & Partnerships (MCOP) at the National Education Association (NEA), where she works to connect NEA's over 3 million members with the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and to social justice issues like immigration, labor, and voting rights. Prior to the NEA, Ms. Thammarath was the education policy advocate for the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC). In addition to her work at the NEA, Ms. Thammarath serves on the National Executive Board of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) and the National Governing Board of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF). Ms. Thammarath proudly represents APALA on the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) as co-chair of the Education Committee. Read more about Monica's extensive biography, HERE.

Mee Moua, AAJC

Mee Moua is the President and Executive Director of the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice). Ms. Moua leads AAJC’s efforts to promote civic engagement, forge strong and safe communities, create an inclusive society and empower Asian Americans and other underserved communities. Before coming to AAJC, Ms. Moua served as vice president of strategic impact initiatives for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), a national health justice organization with offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Prior to her position at APIAHF, Ms. Moua was a three-term Minnesota State Senator, where she chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ms. Moua started her legal career in private practice in Minnesota. Read more about Mee's extensive bio HERE.

Dr. Connie Tingson-Gatuz, Student Affairs & Mission Integration, Madonna University

In her tenth year working with APIA U, Dr. Connie Tingson-Gatuz serves as the Lead Facilitator. She is Vice President for Student Affairs and Mission Integration at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. Over the last seventeen years, Connie has worked in various Academic and Student Affairs areas. She has created dozens of APIA serving initiatives atMichigan State University and the University of Michigan and advised multiple Asian American student organizations. Connie has served as a consultant for nine years for the Gates Millenium Scholarship (GMS) Program, consulted with OCA on various APIA scholarships, served as theMidwest Association for Filipino Americans (MAFA) organizing committee Advisor, and served on the Board of Advisors for the Midwest Asian American Student Union (MAASU). Read more about Connie's extensive bio HERE.


Yves Gomes, DREAMer and APALA

Yves Gomes is a rising senior at the University of Maryland College Park majoring in biochemistry. For the last two years, Gomes helped lobby the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis for the passage of SB-167, otherwise known as the Maryland Dream Act, which allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates at Maryland's state colleges and universities. Currently, Yves will conduct outreach about the comprehensive immigration reform legislation being debated on the National level with the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), is the voice for union members, labor activist, and community members around the issues of social justice and the Asian Pacific American community in many cities across the nation. 

Although workshops are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, you may register for all other events of the convention HERE.

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