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Asian American Pacific Islander Commission 

The Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission (DAAPIC) serves as a support liaison and facilitator between the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Denver, the Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships and the office of the Mayor of Denver.  

Further it is the Commission's objective to act as catalyst, educator, collective voice, and respond to issues and/or advocate based on community assessment of need, and create awareness and visibility of AAPI community.   

Commission Meetings

Time:  6:00pm - 7:30pm

Recurrence: 3rd Wednesday of every month

Location: Daniels Fund, 101 Monroe St, Denver, CO 80206

Note: All DAAPIC meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in presenting on a certain topic or would like past years minutes, please contact Jessica Jorgensen at jessica.jorgensen@denvergov.org.  

Commission Goals

Enhance the infrastructure of the DAAPIC.

Increase the visibility of DAAPIC.

Connect AAPIs to opportunities, resources, and tools.

Identify and advocate for AAPI needs.

Commission Projects

AAPIs are the fastest growing racial group in the United States.  Currently, there are roughly 28,000 AAPIs living in Denver alone.

DAAPIC would like to help lend a voice to this growing population with #AAPIvisible. #AAPIvisible is a photo project that seeks to capture narratives from our communities to dispel myths, educate, and explore our diverse experiences.

Click here to participate or to learn more.

The Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission (DAAPIC) is conducting a listening session to understand the needs facing the Denver Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. The Commission serves as a liaison between the Denver AAPI community, Human Rights & Community Partnerships, and the Denver Mayor’s Office.

The listening session will aid the Commission in gathering feedback from service providers and allied professionals who serve or engage with the Denver AAPI community. The session will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 9am to 5pm, at Mile High United Way, 711 Park Ave W, Denver, CO 80205.

In the fall of 2017, DAAPIC plans to host its second annual job fair event for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 

This culturally inclusive job fair will connect the unique talents and skill sets of Denver's AAPI community with a broad range of government, nonprofit and private sector employers hoping to diversity their workforces.

Check back here for more information as fall 2017 gets closer!

Contact Us

To apply:
Complete the application and send it to barry.burch@denvergov.org.

For questions, comments, or more information please contact:
Jessica Jorgensen, DAPAC Liaison
720-913-1704
jessica.jorgensen@denvergov.org

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Happy New Year from DAAPIC


As we welcome a new year, we often think of it as a renewed start with great energy for positive change and hopeful promise.  

As we move from 2016, it is important for us to take the opportunity of a renewed start to come together and remember the strength of our communities as we devise new forms of democratic participation that include all people and take the opportunity to listen to each other beyond our positions.  

As DAAPIC kicks off a new year, we hope to reconcile through messages of unification, collaboration, and collective action as we strive to be a more inclusive city.  

We hope to see you in our listening sessions next month to hear your feedback and welcome you to join us at our future events.  

Sincerely,

Will Chan
Chair, Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission

 
Mayor Michael Hancock (center) visits DAAPIC in the October meeting

Mayor Hancock Visits DAAPIC

On Wednesday, October 19th, Mayor Hancock attended DAAPIC’s monthly meeting. The Commission updated him on its priority projects: #AAPIvisible and the upcoming listening session.

Mayor Hancock discussed Denver’s population growth and its implications for public policy moving forward noting the City’s priority areas are housing, mobility, safety, and jobs.

Additionally, the Mayor announced his intentions to host, along with his wife, First Lady Mary Louise Lee, a “Diamonds and Pearls” luncheon in 2017 in honor of Denver’s Asian American and Pacific Islander female leaders. 

Please Join Us for the 2017 AAPI Listening Session
 
On Thursday, February 23, 2017, DAAPIC will hold its first Community Listening Sessions at the Mile High United Way, 711 Park Avenue West, Denver, CO 80205 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Testimonies received at the Listening Session will be a significant part of a report submitted directly to the Mayor on behalf of DAAPIC. 

A sample of currently registered organizations
  • Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • Asian Pacific Development Center
  • Colorado Legal Services
  • Colorado Refugee Services Program
  • Colorado Visiting Nurse Association
  • Denver Housing Authority
  • Denver Human Services
  • Denver Police Department
  • Filipino-American Community of Colorado
  • Mental Health Center of Denver
  • Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs
  • Office of Language Access at Colorado Judicial Branch
  • Place Bridge Academy
  • Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network
  • Street Fraternity 
If you are a member of the community that serves Denver's AAPI community, please contact Jessica Jorgensen at jessica.jorgensen@denvergov.org. You can also sign up for the event at our Eventbrite link
 


White House Initiative Hosts Denver Workshop
on Coalition Building


by Gil Asakawa, Commissioner

On Thursday, November 10, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) hosted a day-long workshop on Capacity and Coalition Building at the CU-Denver campus. The session benefited the dozen or so area AAPI community organizations, just by bringing the diverse groups, from the Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission and Asian Pacific Development Center, to together. 

Colorado's WHIAAPI leader, attorney Stephen Chen, welcomed the attendees, and opening remarks were given by Bonnie Kwon, WHIAAPI Advisor. The training was conducted by Gabriel Rendón and Pedro Arista, who traveled from the San Francisco area for the event. The training focused mostly on effective communication techniques, including Active Listening, and also on ways to facilitate Coalition Building.

During lunch, outgoing DAAPIC chair Will Chan moderated a panel discussion 
of representatives of local organizations on how they've built coalitions. Panelists included Gil Asakawa, of the Coalition for an Inclusive Colorado, Taryn Campbell of Filipino American Community of Colorado, and Kristi Barrows, District Director, US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Commissioner Announcements
 
Our heartfelt thanks to Commissioners Jinny Kim and Ferooza Eswaran for their service as commissioners. Both are termed-out after serving three full terms, totaling six years of service. We thank you both and wish you the very best!
Congratulations to Commissioner Dollar Lee who graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a Bachelors of Arts in Public Health and Ethnic Studies on December 17, 2016. 
What is #AAPIVisible?

The Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission celebrates the many AAPI voices of Colorado through #AAPIvisible, a campaign that seeks to capture narratives from our communities to dispel myths, educate, and explore our diverse experiences.

Follow #AAPIVisible on Facebook.



"I am Black and Japanese. I am one who never let the check box define me. #AAPIVisible," Commissioner Sylvia Smith Brown



"I am Vietnamese. I am resilient, strong. I am a veteran. #AAPIVisible."



"I am Indian American. I am NOT just another Pre-Med Student. #AAPIVisible."

More photos can be seen on our Facebook page.
Stay in Touch with DAAPIC

DAAPIC meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Daniels Fund, 101 Monroe St, Denver, CO 80206. Please contact Jessica Jorgensen, Special Projects Coordinator at Denver Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships, at Jessica.Jorgensen@denvergov.org.

Please forward this email to friends and community partners!

Stay in touch and thank you for your interest.
Forward this newsletter to a friend!
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Our mailing address is:
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c/o Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission
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201 W. Colfax Avenue, Dept. 1102
Denver, Colorado 80202

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The Mayor's Visit and a White House Workshop
DAAPIC Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 1
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Happy New Year from DAAPIC


As we welcome a new year, we often think of it as a renewed start with great energy for positive change and hopeful promise.  

As we move from 2016, it is important for us to take the opportunity of a renewed start to come together and remember the strength of our communities as we devise new forms of democratic participation that include all people and take the opportunity to listen to each other beyond our positions.  

As DAAPIC kicks off a new year, we hope to reconcile through messages of unification, collaboration, and collective action as we strive to be a more inclusive city.  

We hope to see you in our listening sessions next month to hear your feedback and welcome you to join us at our future events.  

Sincerely,

Will Chan
Chair, Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission

 
Mayor Michael Hancock (center) visits DAAPIC in the October meeting

Mayor Hancock Visits DAAPIC

On Wednesday, October 19th, Mayor Hancock attended DAAPIC’s monthly meeting. The Commission updated him on its priority projects: #AAPIvisible and the upcoming listening session.

Mayor Hancock discussed Denver’s population growth and its implications for public policy moving forward noting the City’s priority areas are housing, mobility, safety, and jobs.

Additionally, the Mayor announced his intentions to host, along with his wife, First Lady Mary Louise Lee, a “Diamonds and Pearls” luncheon in 2017 in honor of Denver’s Asian American and Pacific Islander female leaders. 

Please Join Us for the 2017 AAPI Listening Session
 
On Thursday, February 23, 2017, DAAPIC will hold its first Community Listening Sessions at the Mile High United Way, 711 Park Avenue West, Denver, CO 80205 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Testimonies received at the Listening Session will be a significant part of a report submitted directly to the Mayor on behalf of DAAPIC. 

A sample of currently registered organizations
  • Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • Asian Pacific Development Center
  • Colorado Legal Services
  • Colorado Refugee Services Program
  • Colorado Visiting Nurse Association
  • Denver Housing Authority
  • Denver Human Services
  • Denver Police Department
  • Filipino-American Community of Colorado
  • Mental Health Center of Denver
  • Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs
  • Office of Language Access at Colorado Judicial Branch
  • Place Bridge Academy
  • Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network
  • Street Fraternity 
If you are a member of the community that serves Denver's AAPI community, please contact Jessica Jorgensen at jessica.jorgensen@denvergov.org. You can also sign up for the event at our Eventbrite link
 


White House Initiative Hosts Denver Workshop
on Coalition Building


by Gil Asakawa, Commissioner

On Thursday, November 10, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) hosted a day-long workshop on Capacity and Coalition Building at the CU-Denver campus. The session benefited the dozen or so area AAPI community organizations, just by bringing the diverse groups, from the Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission and Asian Pacific Development Center, to together. 

Colorado's WHIAAPI leader, attorney Stephen Chen, welcomed the attendees, and opening remarks were given by Bonnie Kwon, WHIAAPI Advisor. The training was conducted by Gabriel Rendón and Pedro Arista, who traveled from the San Francisco area for the event. The training focused mostly on effective communication techniques, including Active Listening, and also on ways to facilitate Coalition Building.

During lunch, outgoing DAAPIC chair Will Chan moderated a panel discussion 
of representatives of local organizations on how they've built coalitions. Panelists included Gil Asakawa, of the Coalition for an Inclusive Colorado, Taryn Campbell of Filipino American Community of Colorado, and Kristi Barrows, District Director, US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Commissioner Announcements
 
Our heartfelt thanks to Commissioners Jinny Kim and Ferooza Eswaran for their service as commissioners. Both are termed-out after serving three full terms, totaling six years of service. We thank you both and wish you the very best!
Congratulations to Commissioner Dollar Lee who graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a Bachelors of Arts in Public Health and Ethnic Studies on December 17, 2016. 
What is #AAPIVisible?

The Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission celebrates the many AAPI voices of Colorado through #AAPIvisible, a campaign that seeks to capture narratives from our communities to dispel myths, educate, and explore our diverse experiences.

Follow #AAPIVisible on Facebook.



"I am Black and Japanese. I am one who never let the check box define me. #AAPIVisible," Commissioner Sylvia Smith Brown



"I am Vietnamese. I am resilient, strong. I am a veteran. #AAPIVisible."



"I am Indian American. I am NOT just another Pre-Med Student. #AAPIVisible."

More photos can be seen on our Facebook page.
Stay in Touch with DAAPIC

DAAPIC meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Daniels Fund, 101 Monroe St, Denver, CO 80206. Please contact Jessica Jorgensen, Special Projects Coordinator at Denver Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships, at Jessica.Jorgensen@denvergov.org.

Please forward this email to friends and community partners!

Stay in touch and thank you for your interest.
Forward this newsletter to a friend!
Copyright © 2016, Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
The Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships
c/o Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission
Webb Municipal Building, 2nd Floor
201 W. Colfax Avenue, Dept. 1102
Denver, Colorado 80202

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Welcome to DAAPIC's First Newsletter!


It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the first edition of the Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission's newsletter.

It was four years ago that I joined the Denver Asian American and Pacific Islander Commission (DAAPIC) with a commitment and interest of raising the profile of Denver’s diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.  

It has been a great opportunity learning more about the collective work and advocacy efforts occurring in Denver and we are excited to share some of these insights and events with you in our first community newsletter!  

Our goal is to continue bringing you helpful information, ideas, and updates pertaining to AAPI communities in the greater Denver metro area. Throughout the year, we will continue our work in building stronger communities and send you stories and insights from our commission and other community leaders within the City and County of Denver.

I hope you enjoy this issue as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together.

Sincerely,

Will Chan
Chair, Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission

Left to Right:  Jonathan Yeh, Jinny Kim, Amuda Mishra, Danny VanDan, Christina Yutai Guo, Peter Lee, Michael B. Hancock, Annie Guo, Nozomu Tim Higashide, C.g. Guo, Sarah Shirazi, Jen Wen and Tri Q Ma at Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Photo Courtesty of Asian Avenue Magazine.


Asian Avenue Magazine Honored with 2016 Mayor's Diversity & Inclusion Award

Congratulations to Asian Avenue Magazine for receiving the 2016 Mayor's Diversity & Inclusion Award. On October 6, 2016, the Mayor honored Christina Yutai Guo and Annie Guo for their innovation. The Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission nominated Asian Avenue Magazine for the award.

The publication began serving the Denver area in July 2006.  Since then it has built awareness, knowledge and understanding among the diverse Asian Pacific American communities and the general public through cultural insights, pop culture, news and information.  It is the only print publication in Colorado focused on the APA community and culture.

Congratulations!

Meet Rachele Espiritu:  DAAPIC Commissioner and the Newest DPS School Board Member

Rachele Espiritu was sworn in as the newest member of the Denver Public School Board of Directors in May. She replaced former board member Landri Taylor who resigned in February. Rachele currently serves as a Commissioner on DAAPIC.

Espiritu represents DPS District 4, a large and diverse area encompassing many different neighborhoods, both old and new. 

She was born in the Philippines and raised in Michigan and California where she went on to attend UC San Diego for undergrad and made her way to CU Boulder to get a graduate degree in clinical psychology. 

Espiritu is partner in a minority woman-owned business called Change Matrix, where she provides training and technical assistance at the local, state and national level to build capacity for child, youth and young adult behavioral health services.

Much of her experience will shape how she represents DPS District 4. “As a professional with my Ph.D. in clinical psychology, I’m excited to bring my focus on the whole child to the board,” she said. “I know children learn and succeed when they are supported and engaged, when they’re healthy and safe, and when their emotional needs are being met.”

Espiritu is also Project Director for the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health and a member of the Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission.

Photo courtesy of Denver Public Schools

 

Save the Date for the

2017 AAPI Listening Session



On Thursday, February 23, 2017, DAAPIC will hold its first AAPI Community Listening Sessions at the Mile High United Way, 711 Park Avenue West, Denver, CO 80205 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Invitations will be sent soon but you can sign up now on Eventbrite

If you are a member of the community that serves Denver's AAPI community, please contact DAAPIC to reserve your spot. Please contact Jessica Jorgensen at jessica.jorgensen@denvergov.org.
Congratulations, Jessica!

Congratulations to Jessica Jorgensen, Special Projects Coordinator at Denver Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships, on her beautiful October wedding.

Jessica is our staff liaison to the Mayor, and we are so thankful for all she does.

Our sincere congratulations to the happy couple!
Stay in Touch with DAAPIC



DAAPIC meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Daniels Fund, 101 Monroe St, Denver, CO 80206.

Do you have an idea or success story to share?  
Know of an upcoming event DAAPIC should support?  


Send us your ideas so we can help each other and grow together! 

Please contact Jessica Jorgensen, Special Projects Coordinator at Denver Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships, at Jessica.Jorgensen@denvergov.org.

Please forward this email to friends and community partners!

Stay in touch!
Forward this newsletter to a friend!
Copyright © 2016, Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
The Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships
c/o Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission
Webb Municipal Building, 2nd Floor
201 W. Colfax Avenue, Dept. 1102
Denver, Colorado 80202

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Welcome to DAAPIC's First Newsletter
DAAPIC Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 1
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Welcome to DAAPIC's First Newsletter!


It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the first edition of the Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission's newsletter.

It was four years ago that I joined the Denver Asian American and Pacific Islander Commission (DAAPIC) with a commitment and interest of raising the profile of Denver’s diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.  

It has been a great opportunity learning more about the collective work and advocacy efforts occurring in Denver and we are excited to share some of these insights and events with you in our first community newsletter!  

Our goal is to continue bringing you helpful information, ideas, and updates pertaining to AAPI communities in the greater Denver metro area. Throughout the year, we will continue our work in building stronger communities and send you stories and insights from our commission and other community leaders within the City and County of Denver.

I hope you enjoy this issue as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together.

Sincerely,

Will Chan
Chair, Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission

Left to Right:  Jonathan Yeh, Jinny Kim, Amuda Mishra, Danny VanDan, Christina Yutai Guo, Peter Lee, Michael B. Hancock, Annie Guo, Nozomu Tim Higashide, C.g. Guo, Sarah Shirazi, Jen Wen and Tri Q Ma at Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Photo Courtesty of Asian Avenue Magazine.


Asian Avenue Magazine Honored with 2016 Mayor's Diversity & Inclusion Award

Congratulations to Asian Avenue Magazine for receiving the 2016 Mayor's Diversity & Inclusion Award. On October 6, 2016, the Mayor honored Christina Yutai Guo and Annie Guo for their innovation. The Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission nominated Asian Avenue Magazine for the award.

The publication began serving the Denver area in July 2006.  Since then it has built awareness, knowledge and understanding among the diverse Asian Pacific American communities and the general public through cultural insights, pop culture, news and information.  It is the only print publication in Colorado focused on the APA community and culture.

Congratulations!

Meet Rachele Espiritu:  DAAPIC Commissioner and the Newest DPS School Board Member

Rachele Espiritu was sworn in as the newest member of the Denver Public School Board of Directors in May. She replaced former board member Landri Taylor who resigned in February. Rachele currently serves as a Commissioner on DAAPIC.

Espiritu represents DPS District 4, a large and diverse area encompassing many different neighborhoods, both old and new. 

She was born in the Philippines and raised in Michigan and California where she went on to attend UC San Diego for undergrad and made her way to CU Boulder to get a graduate degree in clinical psychology. 

Espiritu is partner in a minority woman-owned business called Change Matrix, where she provides training and technical assistance at the local, state and national level to build capacity for child, youth and young adult behavioral health services.

Much of her experience will shape how she represents DPS District 4. “As a professional with my Ph.D. in clinical psychology, I’m excited to bring my focus on the whole child to the board,” she said. “I know children learn and succeed when they are supported and engaged, when they’re healthy and safe, and when their emotional needs are being met.”

Espiritu is also Project Director for the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health and a member of the Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission.

Photo courtesy of Denver Public Schools

 

Save the Date for the

2017 AAPI Listening Session



On Thursday, February 23, 2017, DAAPIC will hold its first AAPI Community Listening Sessions at the Mile High United Way, 711 Park Avenue West, Denver, CO 80205 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Invitations will be sent soon but you can sign up now on Eventbrite

If you are a member of the community that serves Denver's AAPI community, please contact DAAPIC to reserve your spot. Please contact Jessica Jorgensen at jessica.jorgensen@denvergov.org.
Congratulations, Jessica!

Congratulations to Jessica Jorgensen, Special Projects Coordinator at Denver Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships, on her beautiful October wedding.

Jessica is our staff liaison to the Mayor, and we are so thankful for all she does.

Our sincere congratulations to the happy couple!
Stay in Touch with DAAPIC



DAAPIC meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Daniels Fund, 101 Monroe St, Denver, CO 80206.

Do you have an idea or success story to share?  
Know of an upcoming event DAAPIC should support?  


Send us your ideas so we can help each other and grow together! 

Please contact Jessica Jorgensen, Special Projects Coordinator at Denver Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships, at Jessica.Jorgensen@denvergov.org.

Please forward this email to friends and community partners!

Stay in touch!
Forward this newsletter to a friend!
Copyright © 2016, Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
The Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships
c/o Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission
Webb Municipal Building, 2nd Floor
201 W. Colfax Avenue, Dept. 1102
Denver, Colorado 80202

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Dollar Lee is a Colorado native and is a student that is currently enrolled at the University of Colorado Denver. He will soon be graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Public Health and Ethnic Studies in December of 2016. Over the years among Lee’s undergraduate career, he has been involved in various student clubs on campus and organizations including the CU Denver Dragon Boat team, and the Asian Pacific Development Center (APDC). For many years, Lee has been involved with APDC’s Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) assisting students with leadership training and college preparation. He is passionate to help students seek higher education and to serve the local AAPI community.

After graduation he hopes to pursue his Master’s degree at the Colorado School of Public Health. He strives to engage and educate the younger generations to be become aware of Asian American challenges. He strongly believes that we have to know where we come from in order to know where we need to go next. 

Ferooza Eswaran is the owner of Kumon at Foxfield. Kumon is one of the world's largest and most successful after school programs in math and reading for kids 3-18 years of age. Ferooza has more than 12 years teaching experience, most recently teaching microbiology to surgical technology students at Colorado Technical University. With a master’s degree in microbiology, she has also worked in medical labs and as a human resources manager.

Active in the community, Ferooza volunteers with several Denver-area organizations, including the Denver Asian Pacific American Commission, the Indian Nepalese Heritage Camp and Brent’s Place.

Married to her high school sweetheart, she has two teenage kids. In her off hours, she enjoys reading, watching movies, hanging out with her family and Zumba at the gym.

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Gil Asakawa is an experienced journalist, author and online media expert who is active in the Japanese American and Asian American communities and covers Asian American issues and culture on blogs and social media. He is Manager of  Student Media at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and serves as adviser to www.cuindependent.com, the student-run news website. He is also a member of AARP's Multicultural Markets and Enagement team managing social media and  articles engaging Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. He was the recipient of a Japanese Cabinet Social Media Fellowship to travel to Okinawa in January, 2015 to research the culture and history of Okinawa.

His journalism experience runs the gamut from being the music editor for Denver's alternative weekly newspaper Westword to managing the DenverPost.com website. His Asian American experience includes a blog, at www.Nikkeiview.com, and posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and other social media. For his extensive pioneering online work within the AAPI blogosphere, he received the “Voice Award” from AAJA-LA during the 2013 V3 Digital Media Conference. Gil is currently chair of the Media Committee for the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. He is also a board member of the Mile High JACL, and on the board of the Emily Griffith Foundation.

Jennifer Nguyen was born and raised in Littleton, CO. Jennifer has a passion for supporting Asian American youth in the school system. She has been involved in the Miss Asian American Leadership Program on the Executive Committee for several years mentoring, training, and supporting Asian American young women. Jennifer has also been involved with the Colorado Dragon Festival in many capacities including: recruiting, managing and training the volunteers as well as recruiting and managing performing arts stages for the 100,000+ patron festival. 

Jennifer is passionate about mental health awareness and services for the Asian American community of Colorado. Jennifer has been a volunteer with the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association serving to break the barriers regarding mental health. 

Jinny Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in the U.S. and Russia. She has been living in Denver for 11 years. Growing up in different cultures has impacted her in many ways, most importantly in how she perceives cultures, identities and the world in general. Her experience in Russia opened her eyes to the issues of race and ethnicity which later on became her passion.

Jinny has been an active member of Colorado’s AAPI community in the past 6 years. She is a former Director of Strategic Development at APDC (Asian Pacific Development Center) where she worked with the AAPI refugee and immigrant communities in Colorado. She currently owns her own business. In addition to being a business owner, she also serves on the Denver Asian Pacific American Commission, Heritage Camps for Adoptive Family Cultural Advisory Board where she's also a panel speaker and the National Unification Advisory Council where she acts as secretary.

Jinny acquired her M.A. in International & Intercultural Communications from the University of Denver, with a focus on racial/ethnic conflict resolution. 

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Luna Ly will soon be graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelors of Arts in Integrative Physiology and a Certificate in Public Health. A Colorado native, she has been up, down, and near the Denver metro area her entire life, engaging and interacting with the AAPI populations in some way, whether it be in Aurora, CO with the Asian Pacific Development Center's Youth Leadership Academy or in CU Boulder's student organizations like Asian Unity and CollaborAsian. Being a part of the Commission Board, Luna hopes to better serve the Denver area with a fresh perspective. 

Michelle Yi is the Communications Director at the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the largest judicial district by population in Colorado with Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. 

In this capacity, Michelle focuses on informing the public of the work at the District Attorney’s Office, which in turn helps to build and strengthen relationships with the community, media and law enforcement agencies. In addition, Michelle has worked on campaigns and is accustomed to rapid response and crisis communications. She has nearly 10 years of communications and public relations experience with groups ranging from government agencies to non-profit organizations. 

Being born and raised in Denver, serving the local community is important to Michelle. She serves as an appointed Commissioner with the Mayor’s Denver Asian Pacific American Commission; a member and communications liaison for the Junior League of Denver, a chapter of a national non-profit; and as a board member for Bella Boutique Denver, a local non-profit that gives at-risk young ladies free prom dresses.

Michelle earned her undergraduate degree from Boston University. 

 

Tim is the Business Operations Manager for Sakura Square LLC. In addition to supervising the daily operations under the CEO, Tim also provides leadership and direction to the Board of Managers to assist in developing and implementing the overall strategic business plan. He brings a variety of experience in project management, marketing, and sales operations from both private and non-profit sectors.

Tim is very passionate about the community and dedicates many hours to volunteering. He is a founding member of the Colorado chapter of the NAAAP (National Association of Asian American Professionals) where he served as the President and the Chairman of the Board. Currently, he is on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival and for the Japan America Society of Colorado. He is also an active member of the Japanese Firms Association and the U.S. Japan Council, where he was a participant in the 2014 Tomodachi Emerging Leaders Program.  In 2015, he was selected as one of the commissioners for the Denver Asian Pacific American Commission.

Tim holds a BA in International Affairs from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  He completed his graduate studies from the University of Colorado, Denver where he earned an MBA with focus on Entrepreneurship and MS in Finance.

Peter Seung-woo Lee, is a Health Insurance producer and works with Connect for Health Colorado, ACA market place for State of Colorado and is appointed agent for Medicare related products. 

He was born and raised in Seoul, Korea and was a banker for 18 years. He also worked as a Partnership Specialist at US Census Bureau Denver Regional Office where he was responsible for developing Census 2010 partnerships with Asian community-based organizations. 

He has held various community leadership positions including President of KAC Colorado Chapter, Secretary of Governor’s Asian Pacific American Advisory Council and Co-chair for Aurora Asian Pacific Community Partnership. 

He has served as President of the National Unification Advisory Council Denver Chapter, and is currently serving as an Advisory Board of Directors for the Heritage Camps for Adoptive Family and Chairman of Korean American Coalition National Board.

PC and his family fled from communism and possible execution in Laos in 1975 and ended up in Thailand where they stayed in a refugee camp for nearly 3 years sleeping on dirt and barely having anything to eat. In 1978 PC and his family were granted a visa to come start a new life in the United States and on November 28, 1978 they landed at Stapleton International Airport in Denver, Colorado.

PC attended Aurora Community College and then Metropolitan State College. In 1994 he became a police officer with the City of Aurora until becoming a police officer for the City and County of Denver in 2000.

As a police officer with DPD, PC has served in various roles, his favorite being as a Community Resource Officer (CRO) acting as a liaison between the community and the police department advocating for both DPD and community needs.

His current position is Technician for Community Events in the Community Relations department of District 2. 

Rachele C Espiritu is a Partner of Change Matrix, LLC, a minority- and women-owned designated small business that motivates, manages, and measures change to support systems that improve lives. She brings substantive experience and passion in the areas of children’s behavioral health, behavioral health disparities and equity, cultural and linguistic competence, program evaluation, a public health approach to mental health, and systems collaboration. Rachele provides training and technical assistance at the local, state and national level to build capacity for child, youth, and young adult behavioral health services in multiple child-serving systems. She currently serves as the Project Director for the National Network to Eliminate Disparities (the NNED) in Behavioral Health, a federally-funded network of over 2100 members, including ethnic- and community-based organizations that are addressing disparities in behavioral health care. Rachele also serves as the lead evaluator for Kokora Koro, a Whole Health Training program for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (Office of Minority Health) and the Mental Health Interpreter Training program (a joint project between the National Latino Behavioral Health Association and the National Asian Pacific Islander Mental Health Association). She serves on the board for NAMI Colorado and chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Rachele was born in the Philippines and grew up in Michigan and California. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of California at San Diego and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she was a Patricia Robert Harris Fellow. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, eating out, reading, and experiencing the beautiful outdoors.

Raj Verma is an analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in the natural resources and environment team. In this capacity, he performs evaluations of various federal government programs to ensure they operate effectively and efficiently. He has served as the external affairs chairperson for the Asian American Liaison Group, representing all Asian American staff at GAO. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of the Network of Indian Professionals of North America (NetIP) as Strategic Communications chairperson, where he helped expand chapters across the U.S. and Canada and bolstered  management tools to effectively advance NetIP's mission. Currently, Raj also serves on the Associate Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and volunteers with the Indian Nepalese Heritage Camp for Adoptive Families. Raj has over 5 years of experience in strategic planning, non-profit leadership, and policy analysis. 

Born and raised in Denver, he holds a special appreciation for the city and its people. Mr. Verma attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he earned his BA in Economics and Political Science, MPA, and JD. In his free time, he likes to play tennis and travel.

Soyon Bueno serves as the Director of Asian American Student Services at the University of Colorado Denver.  She has over 14 years of experience in higher education specializing  on recruitment, retention, advising, and student support services.  She enjoys her role in helping students get engaged on campus, and providing cultural programming that raise awareness about the diversity and richness of the AAPI community. 

Prior to joining CU Denver in September 2011, Soyon lived in Durango, Colorado and worked at Fort Lewis College as the Assistant Director in the academic advising department and also served as the transfer coordinator and advisor.  She also worked for Illinois State University and co-authored a guidebook that serves as a road map to the Carl D. Perkins legislation of 1998. 

Soyon Bueno was born in South Korea, but immigrated to Denver, Colorado when she was five years old.  She attended Denver Public Schools and graduated from North High School.  She earned her bachelor's degree in Economics, and a minor in Asian Studies from Colorado College. She received her master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University. 

In her spare time, she enjoys watching her nine year old son play tennis, basketball and baseball.   

Sylvia S. Smith has enjoyed a career with the City and County of Denver since 1988. During her tenure she has served in a variety of capacities - from Director of Policy and Research under former City Auditor, Donald J. Mares to her current position as a Program Specialist for the Denver Office of Economic Development where she manages public service, neighborhood and facility improvement contracts.

A graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver, Sylvia holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Sylvia has been an active member in many organizations including the Colorado Black Women for Political Action (CBWPA), Single Mothers of Color, Inc., National Council of Negro Women-Inc., Denver Section and Colorado Common Cause. She has volunteered numerous hours to various community, social and political events. In her work capacity she is active with the Holly Area Redevelopment Project (HARP), served as a board member for the Asian Chamber of Commerce and was appointed to the Asian Pacific-American Commission in 2013.

In 2002 -2006 she served on the Steering Committee of the Denver Foundation’s “Expanding Non-Profit Inclusiveness Initiative” project which studied the local non-profit community and their inclusiveness practices specific to people of color.

Sylvia was born into a military family of five. Her parents currently reside in Denver. She is proud of both of her siblings…one serves as a Firefighter with the Boulder Fire Department and the other as an Operations Manager in Phoenix, Arizona. She currently resides in central Denver with her husband Darrick and enjoys spending time volunteering, exercising, enjoying the company of her family and friends, going to movies and travelling.

Favorite Quote – “Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth”
Shirley Chisholm

Tejas Srinivas is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Denver. As a graduate research assistant with the Traumatic Stress Studies Group and the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at DU, she has been involved in the development and implementation of community-engaged research projects with diverse trauma and crime survivor populations. She is also a clinical intern at APDC, where she is involved in providing culturally sensitive behavioral health services to Asian immigrant and refugee populations. Tejas has been a recipient of DU's Doctoral Fellowship in Inclusive Engagement for three years. She is also a graduate of the Colorado Immersion Training in Community Engagement, Urban Asian & Refugee Track, which aims to expand the pool of researchers pursuing community-based participatory research in local communities. Tejas is passionate about bringing a research lens to public good work, using mixed quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the psychosocial consequences of trauma (e.g., interpersonal violence, institutional injustice, political conflict) within an ecological framework.

Tri Ma is a personal lines insurance professional, who is licensed and specializes in Medicare, Life, Auto and Home Insurance products. As a native Coloradan with humble beginnings, Tri Ma received his Bachelors degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and went on to obtain his Master's degree at Walden University in Minnesota while building his own insurance agency (3T Insurance, LLC) in Colorado. Since obtaining the Rookie of the Year award with United Healthcare's Medicare and Retirement, Tri continues to provide a personal concierge service at no cost to the Denver-metro and surrounding area residents of Colorado regarding their Medicare healthcare. With over a decade of experience and service in the insurance industry, Tri also continues to manage 3T Insurance, LLC regarding life, and other personal lines insurance for fellow Coloradan residents. In addition to all of this, as a new member of the Denver Asian Pacific American Commission, he aims to further his reach towards helping his community. Tri's passions include improving the livelihood of seniors and the disabled, helping students succeed, board games and participating in various sports such as snowboarding, tennis, golf, and volleyball. You can always find Tri working hard to make sure everyone else is cared for, or eating and laughing away the time with others.  

Will Chan serves as the Program Administrator for Denver Public Library’s Services to New Immigrants which provides services to Denver’s immigrant, refugee, and asylee populations. He manages program development across eight library branch locations to engage migrants from all over the world in building Denver’s successful global community.

In his current position, Will is able to draw from an expansive professional background working with various cultural and nonprofit institutions including the Derfner Judaica Museum of New York, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Shanghai Biennale, and also work in Puerto Rico with the New York Hotel Trades Council. Regardless of his role, Will is passionate in connecting information and people, focusing on an organization’s direct services, increasing institutional access, and empowering marginalized populations.

A Colorado native, Will received his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a master’s in nonprofit management from the University of Denver.