General Track Workshops

Friday-Saturday, July 20-21, 2018

Plenary I: AAPI Townhall
Friday, July 20, 2018

renaissance west room | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are the fastest growing racial groups in the United States. As a community, we encompass over 50 different ethnic groups and 100 languages. Additionally, one third of AAPIs are limited English proficient and over two thirds of Asian Americans are foreign born. Despite this, the current political climate has seen an alarming number of proposed and executed laws that impact AAPI communities from anti-family immigration proposals to bans on queer AAPI rights. This Town Hall will give over hundreds of AAPI community members from across the country an opportunity to directly ask members of Congress about what they’ll do to move issues of importance to AAPIs forward.

State of APA Plenary: WeChat in America
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Renaissance west room | 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Certain segments of the Chinese American population have utilized WeChat to organize and mobilize around issues important to them. We have seen some of the largest organized Chinese centered rallies and protests because of this platform. However, there have been a number of instances where the platform is also used to disseminate false information and mobilize against traditional AAPI issues, such as data disaggregation. In this plenary, speakers will discuss the ways that individuals and groups have utilized the platform and how to also push back against the inaccurate information spread on the platform.


In this day and age it seems the only way to share your organization’s mission or even be known is through social media. But how can you use different platforms to your advantage and which is best for your organization? Learn about the benefits of using different forms of social media for marketing your mission as well as how you can create and engage in social media campaigns.

Advocating on the Apps: Social Media

Date: Friday, july 20

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Location: Meeting Room 16

Description forthcoming!

Workshop II: TBD

Date: Friday, july 20

Time: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Location: Meeting Room 16


Protecting Our Public Schools

Date: Saturday, July 21

Time: 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Location: Meeting Room 15

Description coming soon!

Organizing in an Anti-Immigrant Climate

Date: Saturday, July 21

Time: 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Location: Meeting Room 16

Late last year, President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Since then, members of the administration and congress have begun to also attack other cornerstone immigration programs, like the family reunification process. This workshop will help participants understand different ways they can combat anti-immigrant sentiment, and how they can strategically defend our families and programs that allow us to stay with our loved ones in the United States.


Algorithmic Bias and Discrimination in Data

Date: Saturday, July 21

Time: 2:00 PM -3:15 PM

Location: Meeting Room 15

How do technology companies utilize the data collected from our communities? And do the algorithms put in place protect our communities or further implicit biases against us. New technology brings opportunities but also brings new challenges for communities of colors. The panelists for this workshop will discuss the various ways that new technology collect and use our information, along with how we can ensure that the algorithms used to sort our data do not discriminate against us.

Since news venues like Asian Week and the New America Media have shuttered in recent years, blogs have taken on the roles of sharing news, features and commentaries related to AAPIs that the mainstream media does not publish. Meet active bloggers and hear how they got started. Learn about their blogs, which tackles issues head on ranging from racism and feminism, pop culture and identity to mass media and stereotypes. Audience members will brainstorm a story idea or new blog.

Bloggers in Advocacy

Date: Saturday, July 21

Time: 2:00 PM -3:15 PM

Location: Meeting Room 16

 


Connecting All Americans: Digitizing the 2020 Census

Date: Saturday, July 21

Time: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Location: Meeting Room 15

For the first time the US Census will be online and digital. This sounds great for many of us who are always on our smartphones and tablets. But how can we make sure our entire community is counted - especially those in hard to reach areas? This workshop will focus on addressing the initial online outreach of the Census and how we can use that to our benefit. Hear from different industry, corporate, and nonprofit on methods of outreach to get our complete count.

Stories for Y(Our) Legacy

Date: Saturday, July 21

Time: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Location: Meeting Room 16

The strength of our community lies in the power of our stories remembered and shared.  Join us as the 1882 Foundation of Washington DC shares its success in bringing out stories of our heritage as Asian Americans.  Learn how you and your local community can participate in telling your personal stories at a national scale.