2022 National Civic Leadership Forum

For its 2022 National Civic Leadership Forum (2022 NCLF), Asian American Unity Coalition (AAUC) celebrates “The Great Awakening of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders,” in person in Las Vegas from September 11 to 13. With grant funding from Civic Leadership USA (CLUSA), the 3-day conference creates a community platform for all Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organization leaders to interact, collaborate, and learn from each other. Many unique program elements are compacted into the 3-day event, including panel discussions, awards, and a Gala dinner with multicultural performances. A joint statement on our common AAPI Civic Agenda is to be crafted and adopted by attending organization leaders and delivered in the concluding press conference. 
This year’s event features keynote speakers who are community and political leaders and trailblazers: 

  • Mrs. Maeley Tom, former Chief Administrative Officers of the Assembly, Chief of Staff to California Senate Pres. Pro Tem, author and lobbyist 
  • Mr. Aziz Hanifa, Former Executive Editor of India Abroad 
  • Judge Chanpone Sinlapasai, Oregon Circuit Court Judge

The opening panel on “The Past, Present, Future of AAPI Civic Engagement” features these leaders from 6 different ethnic/religious backgrounds:

  • Ms. KaYing Yang (Hmong), Nonprofit Management Consultant, Member of President Biden Advisory Commission on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders (PACAANHPI)


  • Russell Jeung (Chinese), Prof. Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University, Co-Founder, #StopAAPIHate
  • Suhag Shukla Esq. (Indian/Hindu), Co-Founder and Executive Director, Hindu American Foundation
  • Ms. Mona Pasquil Rogers (Filipina), Director of California Public Policy, Meta, and former Acting Lt. Governor of California
  • Dr. Paul Jhin (Korean), CEO, eBook/eLearning Africa, and former Director of Special Initiatives, U.S. Peace Corps
  • Amb. Islam Siddiqui (Indian/Islam), Ambassador, U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator under President Obama, and President, American Muslim Institution 

The 6 breakout sessions separate the political and non-political tracks and cover all aspects of civic engagement, including community activism, political elections and campaigns, financial sustainability, campaign fundraising, and lobbying. 
The plenary sessions include showcasing the AAUC signature initiative: the AAPI Community Hub project under development – a web-based, map technology tool to unite our fragmented, siloed communities – and a working session on developing the joint statement on our common AAPI Civic Agenda.
Two Special Awards commemorating past political giants, Norman Mineta and Dilip Singh Saund, are to be given to leaders with outstanding public service and political leadership. Other awards recognizing outstanding community service, philanthropy, and youth leadership are to be given during the Award Dinner Gala on September 12. Multicultural performances and a Bollywood Dance floor are the finishing touches of the Gala.
A pre-conference event featuring the first attempt of a Youth Program organized by AAPI youth leaders across the country to attract youth participation in civic leadership takes place on September 11 as a half-day program. 
“We are creating an in-person conference with all the bells and whistles and fanfare,” said AAUC President and NCLF event Chair, Dr. SK Lo. AAUC is utilizing the digital platform and event app Whova to organize the 2022 NCLF. All interested parties must register using this open link.
AAUC believes that our AAPI community is no longer a passive, silent minority. Civic engagement is an important ingredient to become part of the integrated fabric of the USA. We need to capture this awakening momentum to create the change we all desire.
For more information on the 2022 NCLF, please visit our event page on our website (https://www.asamunitycoalition.org/2022-nclf/).  

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