AAPIC Newsletter 2022 Q2
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2022 Unity Dinner
Friday, May 6th, 2022 | Fourteenth Annual Unity Dinner

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Asian American and Pacific Islanders Commission (AAPI Commission) celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and our 14th anniversary as the only permanent state government organization advocating exclusively for and on behalf of the Massachusetts AAPI communities, at our annual Unity Dinner event, on Friday May 6th, 2022. The Unity Dinner highlighted the extraordinary work of AAPI individuals and organizations in the Commonwealth through three award categories: Leadership for Inclusion & Diversity, Lifetime Achievement, and Community Hero.

  Programming Recap 

On May 16th, 2022, our own Youth Council alongside Chair Meena Bharath, Youth Coordinator Haseeb, and AAPI Commission Staff took a trip to Boston to visit the State House! They met with two members of the Asian House Caucus, Rep. Tackey Chan (D-2nd Norfolk) and Rep. Vanna Howard (D-17th Middlesex) for an in-depth conversation about Asian American identity and every Youth Councilor shared their own struggles with growing up across the state with regards to being Asian American. The Youth Council heard stories from both of the State Representatives about their own journeys in politics and how they both overcame their personal experiences to better advocate for their communities.

On May 15th, 2022, our Commissioners, Staff Members, and Youth Councillors attended a rally celebrating AAPI Heritage Month in Boston Common! Many thanks and much appreciation to New England Chinese American Association, Coalition for Anti-Racism and Equity, and Asian Community Fund at The Boston Foundation for organizing a fantastic event to advance unity, solidarity, and belonging. Special shoutout to Youth Councillors Sea Kay and Maria-Isabel for powerfully speaking about their own experiences and struggles growing up as Asian Americans!

On March 23, 2022, in honor Women's History Month and the one year anniversary of the Atlanta shooting, this panel, hosted by Commissioners Ekta Saksena and Megha Prasad, explores the ongoing rise and historical context of the Asian American women experience in the U.S. and the impact of the violence, xenophobia, hyper-sexualization, and anti-Asian sentiment.

We must acknowledge that the targets of these attacks often hold multiple identities at the intersections such as sex, race, ethnicity, class and sexuality. This panel analyzes the causes of gender-based violence that must be addressed through systemic solutions.
AAPI Commission Job Opportunities
The Asian American and Pacific Islanders Commission is looking for a Program & Research Director and Communications & Outreach Manager to join our team! Applications are due July 25th, 2022. Email your cover letter and resume to in PDF format.
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