Earlier this week, Public Wise attended the White House Forum on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). This event was attended by 1500 AAPI leaders from across the country and took place in May 2023, in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The theme was #VisibleTogether
The forum was organized by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) and was held in collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. The event brought together government officials, community leaders, and advocates to discuss important issues affecting the AAPI community and to explore opportunities for collaboration and partnership.
As part of the forum, attendees participated in a series of panel discussions and workshops focused on a variety of topics, including immigration, health, education, economic empowerment, and social justice. They also had the opportunity to network and connect with other AAPI leaders from around the country.
For Public Wise, this was an important opportunity to learn from other leaders in the AAPI community and to share our own experiences and insights. We are always looking for ways to deepen our impact and better understand the challenges and opportunities facing our partner organizations.
The historic forum featured Biden-Harris Administration leaders including Vice President Kamala Harris, groundbreaking artists and trailblazers.
Christina Baal-Owens, Public Wise Executive Director, emphasized the importance of attending events like this, saying “We are honored to have had the opportunity to participate in this forum and to join with other leaders in the AAPI community to discuss important issues and explore opportunities for collaboration. It is critical that we work together to address the challenges facing our communities and to build a brighter future for all.”
Similarly, Maria Javier, Public Wise Chief Information Officer, added, “This event provided a valuable platform for us to learn from other leaders and to share our own experiences and expertise. We look forward to continuing our work to support AAPI communities and to build a more inclusive and equitable society for all.”
In conclusion, the White House Forum on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders provided an important opportunity for our organization to connect with other leaders in the AAPI community, learn about important issues affecting our communities, and explore opportunities for collaboration and partnership. We are proud to have been a part of this important event and look forward to continuing our work to support AAPI communities and build a more equitable and inclusive society for all.