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  • Sunday, January 13, 2013 12:17 PM | Anonymous

    Please note the update and reminder on our wonderful programs that are available for students across the country.

    DEADLINE EXTENDED: SCHOLARSHIPS

    The deadline for OCA’s 2013 Scholarships has been extended to Tuesday, January 15 at 11:59 pm EST. To go directly to the online application form, please click here. 

    Since 1993, OCA has been providing assistance to deserving Asian Pacific American (APA) students to pursue their dreams of a higher education through the OCA Scholarship Program. Recognizing the lack of resources and access to quality education for underserved APA students, OCA has partnered with foundations who are committed to providing educational opportunities to their communities and the future generation of APA leaders. For more information, go to OCA’s website at www.ocanational.org and click “Scholarships” under “Programs.”

    For questions and assistance with the Scholarship Program, please contact Jeffrey Moy, Senior Program Manager, Professional Leadership Development at (202) 223-5500 or jmoy@ocanational.org.

    REMINDER: OCA SUMMER INTERNSHIP

    Celebrating its 24th year, the OCA Internship Program seeks to cultivate future leadership by providing students from all over the country an opportunity to be involved in the political process through one of the largest national advocacy organization for APAs. The program has successfully led past interns to become more actively involved in their college campuses and join the growing movement of APA leadership at the cross section of government, nonprofits, and business. We encourage all students to apply for this unique opportunity!

    Summer interns will be placed at governmental agencies, nonprofits, and corporations in positions that match their personal background and interestsundefinedincluding some placements at the OCA National Center. Interns will receive a stipend for living expenses.  

    Interns are expected to commit to working full-time for ten weeks between the dates of May 17 – July 26, 2013. (Participation in the National Convention is mandatory and applicants are strongly encouraged to make sure they are able to attend.) Applications will be reviewed by the Internship Committee and a telephone interview will be scheduled for qualified applicants.

    For more information on the OCA Summer Internship and to apply, go to OCA’s website at www.ocanational.org and click “Internship” under “Programs.” Click here to take you directly to the online application form. Applications and all materials need to be submitted by Tuesday, February 19, 2013 5:00PM EST. 

    We thank Southwest Airlines for being the official Airline of OCA. For questions and assistance with the Summer Internship Program, please contact Mary Dynne Montante, Associate Director, Programs and Constituent Development at (202) 223-5500 or mmontante@ocanational.org.

  • Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:18 PM | Anonymous

    APIA U: LEADERSHIP TRAINING 
    Campus based APIA U: Leadership Training to date has reached thousands of students. These emerging leaders from all over the country are exposed to awareness raising and skills building sessions within a social justice framework. The one-day training provides a foundation for students to become more involved on campus and in their communities. Each training has two experienced Asian Pacific American (APA) facilitators who guide 30-60 students through hands-on exercises, workshops, and discussions focused on APA identity, history, leadership skills, and social justice. Through personal and group reflections, participants are asked to share their experiences and develop leadership tools in order to effectively serve as life-long catalysts for social change. Students are encouraged to register early based on the deadlines provided. 

    The Winter | Spring schedule for APIA U is as follows: 

    • University of Missouri-Columbus, 02/02/13
    • Sacramento State, 02/16/13
    • De Anza College, 02/23/13
    • Pennsylvania State University, 03/23/13
    • Portland State University, 04/27/13
    • University of Utah, To Be Determined

    For over a decade, this program has been made possible through a generous support provided by State Farm®. To register for the listed trainings please click here or go to OCA’s website atwww.ocanational.org and click “APIA U” under “Registration.”  


    APA Y-ADVOCATE
    APA Y-Advocate is geared for high school students ranging from 1st year to 4th year. This half- day program exposes societal injustices, social construct and allows students to develop leadership skills. Students will also gain an understanding of the importance of advocacy and what it means to be an advocate in their community.    

    We are thrilled to announce that APA Y-Advocate will be coming to the following OCA-Chapters:

    • OCA-Greater Washington DC, 01/19/13
    • OCA-Colorado, 02/09/13
    • OCA-Tucson, 02/09/13
    • OCA-San Mateo, 04/13/13
    • OCA-St. Louis, 04/27/13
    • OCA-Sacramento, To Be Determined

    We thank State Farm® for the generous support that made this program possible. To register to attend any of the listed above please click here or go to OCA’s website at www.ocanational.org and click “APA Y-Advocate” under “Programs.”   

    OCA SUMMER INTERNSHIP
    Celebrating its 24th year, the OCA Internship Program seeks to cultivate future leadership by providing students from all over the country an opportunity to be involved in the political process through one of the largest national advocacy organization for APAs. The program has successfully led past interns to become more actively involved in their college campuses and join the growing movement of APA leadership at the cross section of government, nonprofits, and business. We encourage all students to apply for this unique opportunity! 

    Summer interns will be placed at governmental agencies, nonprofits, and corporations in positions that match their personal background and interests—including some placements at the OCA National Center. Interns are expected to commit to working full time and a stipend will be provided for living expenses. 

    In addition to connecting interns with the APA community and developing their leadership skills, summer interns are invited to take part in the OCA National Convention. This year’s National Convention will take place in Washington, D.C. as we will be celebrating 40 years of advocacy and empowerment. The National Convention will feature inspirational speakers, thrilling entertainment, numerous workshops, and our signature gala to celebrate the impactful and pioneering achievements of community leaders.

    Interns are expected to commit to working full-time for ten weeks between the dates of May 17 – July 26, 2013. (Participation in the National Convention is mandatory and applicants are strongly encouraged to make sure they are able to attend.) Applications will be reviewed by the Internship Committee and a telephone interview will be scheduled for qualified applicants.

    For more information on the OCA Summer Internship and to apply, go to OCA’s website atwww.ocanational.org and click “Internship” under “Programs.” Click here to take you directly to the online application form. Applications and all materials need to be submitted by Tuesday, February 19, 2013 5:00PM EST.  

    We thank Southwest Airlines for being the official Airline of OCA. For questions and assistance with any of the programs listed, please contact Mary Dynne Montante, Associate Director, Programs and Constituent Development at (202)-223-5500 or mmontante@ocanational.org.


  • Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:18 PM | Anonymous

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is deeply concerned following the recent incident involving 14-year-old David Phan of Taylorsville, Utah who took his life after he was extensively bullied by his peers.  


    “The tragic death of David is another bullying related incident that occurs far too often in our community,” said Tom Hayashi, OCA Executive Director. “While many of the details are still emerging from the investigation, bullying has become an epidemic inside and outside our schools that must be addressed with swift action. We must create a culture where harassment in all forms is unacceptable.”

    According to a 2009 United States Department of Education study, APAs face the highest rate of bullying in a classroom at nearly 20 percent more than any other ethnic minority; as well as 10 percent more likely to be bullied outside of school grounds. These disturbing statistics signify the unfortunate challenges that young APAs must navigate on a daily basis. 

    As a national organization of advocates, OCA strongly condemns bullying and harassment of APAs in all forms. In a similar incident in late 2008, five APA students from South Philadelphia High School were harassed and abused by their peers with little action taken to protect them by school officials. OCA-Philadelphia rallied around the neglected students through community action to bring accountability and safety. OCA has also been intimately engaged with the military in addressing the culture of harassment and hazing following a recent string of incidents involving APAs in uniform.  

    “Our community sends its thoughts to the Phan family during this difficult time,” said Ken Lee, OCA National President. “We will continue to stand as a resource for APAs to seek answers and solutions to prevent bullying at all levels.” 

    OCA is calling for a full and transparent investigation by local law enforcement into what led to David’s death as well as strong accountability from all parties. We will continue to monitor the situation with our local OCA-Utah chapter and work with the appropriate agencies to change the culture of bullying and harassment. 

  • Wednesday, December 05, 2012 12:13 AM | Anonymous



    Honoree Nominations Now Open for 2013 National Convention in Washington, D.C.




    OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is currently seeking honoree nominations for the OCA Outstanding Achievement Award and OCA Pioneer Award to be presented at its 2013 National Convention in Washington, D.C. from July 18th to 21st, 2013 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel
    The two awards celebrate APA shakers and movers for their extraordinary and ground breaking contributions to their communities. 

    OCA's annual convention is one of the premiere events for the APA community, drawing over a thousand people from around the country for educational, cultural, and networking opportunities. To submit a nomination, please fill out the honoree submission form HERE. Honoree nominations are accepted until December 31st, 2012.

    OCA Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award

    The OCA Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award is OCA's highest award. The recipient is someone who is an exemplary inspiration and role model for the community and future leader; excels in their field of endeavor/passion; has made numerous contributions that have had a positive impact on the community and on society; and shown exemplary commitment and dedication to advancing the visibility and livelihood of Asian Pacific Americans.

    Past Awardees include: Norman Mineta, Former Secretary of Transportation; Tammy Duckworth, Iraq War Veteran; George Takei, Actor; Gary Locke, Former Governor of Washington State; Michael Honda, United States Congressman; Helen Zia, Journalist.

    OCA Pioneer Award

    The OCA Pioneer Award is presented to an individual who has paved the way and opened the door for other Asian Pacific Americans, or has made a significant contribution to society in the field of his or her endeavor. As a result of his or her achievements, they have historically, economically, politically, socially and/or technologically, made America a better place to live. 

    Past Awardees include: Wataru Misaka, Former NBA Player; I.M. Pei, Architect; Anna Sui, Fashion Designer; Nancy Kwan, Actress; BD Wong, Actor; Grace Lee Boggs, Activist.

     


  • Wednesday, October 10, 2012 11:53 AM | Anonymous

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is proud to stand in support of equal opportunity policies with advocates from across the country.  


    In a rally at the United States Supreme Court today, hundreds of community advocates assembled to show their support of equal opportunity policies during the oral arguments of the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case where the plaintiff is asserting that diversity and inclusion practices are unconstitutional. However, equal opportunity practices have become an effective catalyst in addressing racial socio-economic disparities that many across minority populations continue to face, including APAs. Reflecting a broad base of solidarity, OCA joined speakers from the APA, African American, Latino, and LGBT communities.

    OCA is proud to ardently and consistently affirm our support for equal opportunity policies as it continues to represent a life defining equalizer for APAs. Every year, thousands of underprivileged students benefit from affirmative action, creating an opportunity for a brighter future. These students are more than their grades and SAT scores; they represent new experiences and diversity that advances a more holistic learning environment.

    During the rally, OCA Executive Director Tom Hayashi spoke on the importance of equal opportunity policies that provide an equitable playing field for all APAs. 

    “Our country cannot afford to retreat from acknowledging the structural inequities that has existed in the past and one which sadly persists today,” said Hayashi to a crowd of supporters. “We must not turn a blind eye to justice. No matter how divisive this matter is cast by the media, no public opinion poll can tear us apart.”  

    By standing up for decades of progress regarding equal opportunity practices, we can embrace the hopes and aspirations of all APAs striving for educational attainment.

    Read our previous statement on affirmative action: HERE

  • Tuesday, September 25, 2012 10:05 PM | Anonymous

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), will host the National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Awards, honoring nine APA leaders in the corporate sector.  

    WHAT: OCA National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Awards Reception and Dinner

    WHEN:  Friday, October 19, 2012, 7 PM – 9 PM (reception begins at 6 PM)

    WHERE: The Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001

    The National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Awards is the first national program of its kind to recognize corporate achievement and service by honoring the dedication and leadership of APA corporate employees. Since its establishment in 1991 by the OCA Business Advisory Council (BAC), 198 community-conscious corporate leaders have been inducted to this prestigious group.

    “OCA and its BAC are proud to recognize these nine extraordinary corporate citizens and community members who have embraced our mission by being leaders in their communities and by being committed to diversity in the workplace,” said OCA National President Ken Lee.

    Honorees are first nominated by their respective employers and then selected by a panel of judges. This year, nine honorees have been chosen to receive the award. They are:  

    Gil de las Alas – Vice President, Talent and Organization Effectiveness, Kraft Foods

    Teddy De Rivera – Executive Vice President, Corporate Staff Group Risk Officer, Wells Fargo

    Divya Jain – Director of Analytics, Global Insights and Marketing Intelligence, Avon Products, Inc. 

    Chong Loo – Financial Controller, International Finance and Accounting Group, UPS

    Vasundara Srenivas – Director of International Finance, The Boeing Company

    Medy Velez Valenzuela – Director of Operations, California Market, McDonald’s USA

    Kavita Vazirani – Vice President, Media Strategy for Comcast Cable, Comcast  

    Wendy L. Wilber – Manager, Enterprise Internet Solutions, State Farm

    Charlotte S. Yeh, M.D. – Chief Medical Officer for AARP Services, AARP

    OCA will also recognize one recipient for the Community Service Award. 

    “The BAC is pleased to present these nine exemplary individuals for their outstanding service to both their respective organizations and the community,” said David Lin, BAC Chair. “For their demonstrated leadership and commitment to the APA community, the BAC is privileged to recognize this year’s Corporate Achievement Award honorees."

    For more information or to purchase a ticket to this year’s Corporate Achievement Awards please visitwww.ocanational.org


  • Friday, September 14, 2012 11:03 PM | Anonymous

    Washington, D.C. – OCA, a national organization with 80 chapters and affiliates dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is pleased to announce the 15 winners of the OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship. The scholarship awards $2,000 to high school seniors who are the first person in their family to attend college in the United States. Scholarship recipients must also demonstrate academic achievement, leadership ability, and commitment to community service.


    OCA and The UPS Foundation recognize that scholarships and financial aid are critical in helping students from lower income families attain a college education. Since 1999, OCA has partnered with The UPS Foundation to award 164 scholarships for a total of $298,000, including 15 scholarships in 2012.

    "By pursuing dreams of higher education, these high achieving students can have a profound effect on their own lives and the communities around them,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “Through these scholarships, UPS and OCA are providing the first step toward a successful future.” 

    “OCA is proud to partner with UPS in the scholarships to help these students attain their dream of a college education. It is an honor to reward these future leaders and accomplished bright students,” said OCA National President Ken Lee.

    Four of the OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholars attended the OCA National Convention from August 2-5 in Las Vegas, NV.  Christopher Chan, Kasey Ludlow, Cindy Nguyen, and David Son attended the convention Youth Track and were recognized during the Gala Awards. 

    The recipients of the OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship are: 

    Dil Biswa
    University of Nebraska at Omaha
    Justina Bui
    University of California - Los Angeles
    Christopher Chan
    University of California - Davis
    Ying Gao
    Lewis University
    Lallane Guiao
    Wesleyan University
    Pa Nhia Lee
    University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
    Kasey Ludlow
    University of North Texas
    Chris Naw
    St. Cloud University
    Cindy Nguyen
    Chapman University
    Julien Nguyen
    University of South Carolina
    David Son
    California State University of Stanislaus
    Seul Song
    Rutgers University
    Nancy Thai
    Loyola University New Orleans College
    Nicolle Tran
    University of Arizona
    Tiffany Wong
    Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science

  • Tuesday, September 11, 2012 12:03 AM | Anonymous
    OCA Sacramento was named 2012 Chapter of the Year at the OCA National Convention held August 2 – 5 in Las Vegas.  
    OCA, founded in 1973 and headquarters in Washington DC, is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Islander Americans.   Its network of 80 chapters and affiliates across the nation strive to develop strong leadership and advocacy programs, as well as to promote community involvement and civic participation.  Each year, chapters vying for the top honor are being judged in six categories:  Membership Sustainability, Economic Development, Programs and Projects, Community Involvement, Advocacy, and Communications. 
    Sacramento Chapter demonstrated excellence in five of the six categories and became the first chapter to garner Chapter of the Year Award for the third time in OCA history.   Among the many achievements, the Chapter has co-founded the Sacramento Regional Coalition for Tolerance, held annual Youth and Community Hate Crime Forums, and developed many civic, educational and cultural activities that benefit the Greater Sacramento Area.
    Chapter President Michael Head said, “Our board is vibrant and dedicated to the mission of OCA.  We are humble to have received this honor.”
    For more information about OCA Sacramento, please go to www.ocasacramento.org. Written by Linda Ng
  • Monday, September 10, 2012 11:58 PM | Anonymous

    OCA Sacramento Business Advisory Council held its 12th Annual Reception at the Capitol on August 14, 2012 with the support of Wells Fargo Bank, State Farm, APSEA, Griselda’s Catering, Michael & David Winery and Oshima Sushi.  More than a dozen of elected state and local officials as well as corporate sponsors shared their perspective on issues affecting the community to an enthusiastic crowd of more than 350 guests at the Capitol Basement Rotunda.  The crowd congratulated the Chapter having achieved the highest national honor as Chapter of the Year for 2012.  


    The Chapter also recognized four term-out API Assemblymembers; Warren Furutani, Mike Eng, Fiona Ma and Mary Hayashi and thanked them for their work in the legislature affecting API issues and support of OCA.

    The Reception was a reflection of a true alliance among API community groups and the heightening of our voice in pubic policies and issues affecting our community. Written by Linda Ng. Photos by Dorcas Yee.

  • Monday, August 27, 2012 10:49 PM | Anonymous

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), and the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, are continuing to actively monitor the court martials of soldiers charged in connection to the death of Pvt. Danny Chen. 


    On Aug. 13, Spc. Ryan Offutt pleaded guilty to hazing and two charges of maltreatment in military court. He was sentenced to six months confinement, a reduction down three ranks to Private (E-1), and a bad-conduct discharge from the army. On Aug. 17, Staff Sgt. Blaine Dugas Jr. was convicted of dereliction of duty, sentencing him to a reduction in one rank to Sergeant (E-5) and 3 months in jail (credited with ninety days of pre-trial confinement). Today, a hearing for Spc. Thomas P. Curtis begins.

    Mee Moua, president and executive director of AAJC and Tom Hayashi, executive director of OCA, issued the following statement regarding the verdicts: 

    “While we are encouraged by the military’s recognition that hazing and racial maltreatment are unacceptable by any standard, we continue to be disappointed by the leniency of the verdicts. We expect and will continue to demand full justice for Pvt. Chen’s death. His superiors must be held accountable for their lack of oversight and leadership that enabled members of the platoon to engage in acts of mistreatment, harassment, and hazing. 

    Having the media and the public closely follow these trials has been largely positive. However, care must be taken to not present expressions of opinion or uninformed conjecture as technical analyses or conclusions. OCA and AAJC will continue to consult with respected experts on military practices and law to give accurate and appropriate context to our advocacy strategies. Therefore in evaluating the verdicts and the sentences handed down thus far, we recognize the importance of the following considerations:

    • All defendants tried thus far have been convicted of federal crimes, a civilian equivalent of felonies on a criminal record that will follow the defendants for the rest of their lives.
    • The fines determined by the court are somewhat unique to the military courtsundefinedthere is no civilian equivalent for this portion of the sentencing and the degree of severity or leniency of the decision handed down by the General Court-Martial should not be interpreted to mean that the fines are the only restitutions that may be sought.
    • The possibility of the defendants’ discharge from the military remainsundefineda prison sentence of any length advances the case to the next step of an administrative review to determine whether the defendant should continue to serve or be discharged. All discharges that are not honorable or general will result in a partial or complete loss of benefits and impact economic opportunity for the discharged for the rest of their lives. 


    The trials are a crucial step in ensuring leadership accountability as well as justice for Pvt. Chen. However, we must continue to push for stronger policies that address the culture and practices of hazing and harassment in the military. AAJC and OCA remain committed to working to address the following:

    • A clear definition of “hazing” that is punishable under military regulations;
    • Stronger accountability up and down the chain of command;
    • Stiffer punishment for failure to report harassment and abuse;
    • Protections for victims and whistle blowers of harassment and abuse;
    • Mandatory diversity training and inclusion practices to promote more diversity within leadership positions; and
    • A comprehensive record-keeping system on reports of harassment and abuse.


    As the trials for the remaining solders charged in connection to Pvt. Chen’s death move forward, we will continue to advocate for long-term reforms in the military in alignment with our mission. It is our hope that these verdicts demonstrate the military’s commitment to bringing an end to the culture of hazing, harassment, and mistreatment.” 

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    The Asian American Justice Center (www.advancingequality.org), a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, works closely with its affiliate organizationsundefinedthe Asian American Institute (www.aaichicago.org) in Chicago , the Asian Law Caucus (www.asianlawcaucus.org) in San Francisco and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (www.apalc.org) in Los Angelesundefinedto promote a fair and equitable society for all by working for civil and human rights and empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities.

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