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Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA) Supports One City Summit

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA) Supports One City Summit

Day of Discussion on Overcoming Challenges that Face the District and Improving the Quality of Life for all Residents

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Phone: (202) 727-3120

(Washington, DC) – On February 11th, 2012, Mayor Vincent C. Gray held the One City Summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  OAPIA supported the Mayor’s event by coordinating the outreach, registration, and language access needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.  Over 1,700 District of Columbia residents attended this public event to participate in a day of discussion on overcoming challenges that face the District and improving the quality of life for all residents.

Mayor Gray opened the day by outlining the vision of “One City.”  Participants were seated into groups to discuss plans and policies the District has developed, and to provide comments and recommendations.  Facilitators and note-takers were on-hand to record the discussions and ensure that every voice was heard.  Electronic keypads were used to answer questions and vote on preferences.  Key topics included: creating a more diverse and growing economy, ensuring greater early success for all infants and toddlers, educating the youth for the economy of tomorrow, and aligning residents’ job skills with the growing economy.

“It was a great opportunity for all parts of the community to come together and have a conversation with the DC Mayor’s Office,” said Ward 6 resident Laura Shin.

OAPIA supported the event by arranging transportation, coordinating language interpreters and facilitators, distributing translated worksheets and signage, and facilitating language needs of the AAPI participants in attendance.  To encourage this type of civic engagement from the AAPI community, language interpretation was provided in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Korean.  Of the 1,700 participants, 8% represented the AAPI community, while AAPIs comprise 3.5% of the District’s total population according to Census Data.

“I was very glad to see so many members of the AAPI community,” said OAPIA Director Soohyun “Julie” Koo.  “It is important that their voices be heard.  Our office is here to ensure that they are.”

Additional figures, results, and information on discussions at the One City Summit may be found at www.onecitysummit.dc.gov

Story at a Glance

On February 11th, 2012, Mayor Vincent C. Gray held the One City Summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  OAPIA supported the Mayor’s event by coordinating the outreach, registration, and language access needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

Over 1,700 District of Columbia residents attended this public event to participate in a day of discussion on overcoming challenges that face the District and improving the quality of life for all residents.