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AAPI Heritage Month Awards

During Asian and Pacific Islander American (AAPI) Heritage Month in May 2020, the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (CAPIA) of the District of Columbia will recognize the champions of the AAPI community. The Commission invites you to nominate an individual, business, or organization that has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to serving AAPIs in Washington, DC.

Mayor's Community Service Award(s)

The award recognizes exceptional service that has made an impact in the community. This service can expressed through a variety of ways such as promoting awareness of AAPI issues or organizing projects that strive for the advancement of AAPIs in the District. While the organizations or individuals do not need to be based in the District, their work must focus on the AAPI community in Washington, DC. The award may have more than one recipient.

Volunteer Service Award

Additionally, a Volunteer Service Award may be presented in honor of Dr. Ajay K. Ojha, a former CAPIA Commissioner who dedicated his life to volunteer service. At the time of his death in 2014, Dr. Ojha was on a volunteer service mission to Guatemala to help build secondary schools. Commissioner Ojha leaves behind a legacy of commitment to community and to improving the lives of others. Unlike the Community Service Award, the Volunteer Service Award will only be presented if the Commission agrees that the nominee exhibits the spirit of Commissioner Ojha through exceptional volunteerism in the DC community. Nominees must be an individual, not an organization, or business.

The Mayor's Community Service Award(s) and the Volunteer Service Award (if applicable) will be presented by Mayor Muriel Bowser at the AAPI Heritage Month Celebration in May, hosted by the DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs.

Please submit all nominations by completing this online form by Monday, March 16, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

For more information and a list of previous award winners, please visit our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Henry Duong at (202) 727-5560 or [email protected].