General Track Workshops | August 4-5, 2017

Friday, August 4th

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Protecting Consumer and Civil Rights in a Digital Age

Technology is moving faster than the laws that regulate them. New innovations bring new opportunities but also possible breaches of consummer and civil rights. How can we ensure that the technological revolution includes our communities' interests without sacraficing our rights? This panel aims to answer some of those questions.

  • Kham moua, oca - asian pacific american advocates

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.

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

  • Sand 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.

  • 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.

  • weiru wang, attorney

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.

  • 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

  • Lar Yang, hmong story 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

  • Susie Wong, wong public affairs

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.

  • Richard Camilo, asian pacific islander queer sacramento coalition