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Proactive vs. Reactive: Dealing with a Crisis in Your Community
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Proactive vs. Reactive
2013 OCA National Convention General Track Workshop
Saturday, July 20, 2013; 3:30 - 4:45 PM
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Omni Shoreham Hotel; Washington, DC

With the recent deaths of 14 year-old David Phan and 19 year-old Private Danny Chen, it is apparent that the Asian Pacific American community continues to face xenophobic-related hate crimes, even 30 years after the death of Vincent Chin. With more and more cases emerging, how does one begin the process of responding to bias-based incidents on a local level? Learn from a panel of experienced advocates how to effectively implement advocacy strategies through strong grassroots mobilization.

 Featured Speakers:

Elizabeth R. OuYang, OCA - New York

Elizabeth R. OuYang is president of OCA-New York chapter. Under her leadership, OCA-NY led the fight for justice for Private Danny Chen, a 19 year old American soldier who died in Afghanistan after being racially taunted and hazed by his superiors and secured a governor’s pardon for Qing Wu, a lawful permanent resident facing removal from the U.S. because of an old and minor teenage criminal record. Her article, "Can Military Courts Deliver Justice to A Subordinate Hazed by Superiors?” was recently published in the Spring 2013 issue of the Asian American Policy Review Journal, a publication of Harvard Kennedy School of Government. To read more about Elizabeth, click HERE.

Susie Wong, OCA - Sacramento

Susie Y. Wong is the chair of the Sacramento Regional Coalition for Tolerance, a program cofounded by OCA Sacramento in partnership with state SenatePresident pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). Wong is a public affairs consultant in Sacramento with a focus on energy and law enforcement, as well as government and multicultural relations. She recently launched the Western Region Asians in Telecommunicationsand Energy, or WRATE, to proactively engage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on issues which positively impact these communities in the development of policies, new technologies, funding, inclusion and diversity programs, and environmental justice. To read more about Susie, click HERE.

Karen Kwan, OCA - Utah

Karen Kwan earned a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical/Community Psychology at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.  She moved to Utah to work as a counselor at the Asian Association of Utah and then took a position as the first full time Asian/Pacific Islander student adviser at the University of Utah.  It was there that she earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy.  She is now an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Salt Lake Community College and an adjunct professor for Weber University.  To learn more about Karen, click HERE

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

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