General Track Workshops | August 4-5, 2017

Friday, August 4th

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Combating an Anti-Immigrant Political Climate

With the onslaught of executive orders and legislation targeting immigrant families, our communities must learn how to protect ourselves and each other from unsanctioned immigration raids to crimes against immigrants. This plenary discusses the current political landscape’s effect on AAPI and undocumented communities, along with the ways our communities can combat anti-immigrant narratives and policies.

  • cynthia buiza, california immigration policy center

  • deborah chen, oca - greater houston

  • Ivy Teng Lei, OCA - New York

  • Nkauj Iab Yang, SEARAC

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm


Destigmatizing Mental Health

Mental health remains a taboo and stigmatized discussion within the AAPI community. As such, the many individuals within our communities who need the service are oftentimes pushed into situations where they cannot find resources for help or do not want to associate themselves with community perceptions of those seeking help. This workshop looks to find ways to navigate AAPI spaces to ensure that our communities can openly discuss this topic and provide resources to those that need it.

  • bobby singh gosal, eops/care, calworks & Guardian patways to success

  • Mary nakamura, sacramento county grantland l johnson center for health and human services

  • patrick hiep ma, Stop Stigma Sacramento Speakers Bureau

  • SandY Stokes, Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care

Saturday, August 5th

10:45 am - 12:00 pm


Human Trafficking in the Nation

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploit human beings for some type of labor or commercial sex purpose. Sacramento is one of the United States’ hubs for human trafficking. This workshop provides insight on how to advocate against all forms of human trafficking.

  • rebekah bills, fbi - sacramento bureau

  • nilda valmores, my sisters house

  • Nirav desai, US Attorneys Office

AAPIs and the Legal Community

10:45 Am - 12:00 pm


Asian Americans are becoming better represented among the nation's attorneys but still missing from some of the highest posts. Three out of the seven justices on the California Supreme Court are Asian Americans. There are few Asian Americans represented on other state courts, the federal bench and among the country's top prosecutors is scant. Learn how we can continue to engender diversity allowing our community to be represented.

  • honorable russell hom, superior court of sacramento county

  • weiru wang, attorney

  • darrel woo, sacramento city unified school district

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

A New Era: AAPI Education in the Next Administration


In the next four years, we will likely see an expansion of legislation surrounding voucher programs, the privatization of public school systems and student loan programs, undocumented student access to higher education, and the reduction of funding for minority serving institutions. As Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, it is vital for our community to be engaged in advocating on these issues. This workshop will address issues in education by providing participants the background necessary to advocate in their local communities on national issues.

  • erin duncan, national education association

  • dr. timothy fong, sacramento state university

  • kimberly hall, oca - asian pacific american advocates

  • Kevin Gee, University of california, davis

The Immigrant and Refugee Experience - Then, Now and Again

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


America is the Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave. The Promised Land. It is a melting pot of people from all over the world seeking a better life for themselves and a better future for their families. Immigrants and refugees have made significant contributions to the infrastructure, innovation and technology of this country. However, time and again through this country’s history, the pursuit of this dream has become a nightmare for some immigrants and refugees, who have faced adversity, discrimination, and death in their quest. How can we learn from the mistakes of our past so we will not repeat them in the future?

  • Andy noguchi, japanese american citizens league

  • Baldwin Chiu, finding cleveland

  • brittney razaei, CAIR

  • Lar Yang, hmongstory 40

Building Coalitions for Effective Advocacy

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM 


What does it mean to be an advocate and how does one build a coalition? California is a state with one of the highest number of AAPIs in the state legislature. This workshop builds on the collective strength of the AAPI community in California to discuss advocacy and coalition building strategies that further our communities’ political interests.

  • greg jung, OCA - Greater sacramento chapter

  • catherina nou, everyday impact consulting

  • Susie Wong, wong public affairs

  • mariko yamada, former state senator

Centering LGBTQ+ Experiences within the AAPI Community

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM


How can the AAPI community be better advocates for the LGBTQ+ AAPI community? -This workshop brings a distinguished panel of individuals to talk about their experiences advocating for the LGBTQ community and discuss ways the AAPI community can provide better support for queer members of our groups.



  • sherrie calibo, everday impact consulting

  • Richard Carrillo, asian pacific islander queer sacramento coalition

  • tina reynolds, Uptown Studios

  • Jeremy Shieh, sacoiffeur, LLC