Next Board Meeting
September 16, 2017
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New board members appointed to CAPAA
The Commission would like to congratulate Donny Rojo and Ekkarath Sisavatdy, who were appointed to CAPAA by Gov. Inslee effective July 1. In addition, the Governor reappointed Commissioners Lisa Dickinson and Mohan Gurung to another 3-year term.
The Commission would like to thank Commissioners Darren Pen and Zer Vue for their service and leadership in improving the lives of Asian Pacific Americans in Washington. They completed their terms on June 30.
About our new Commissioners:
- Donny Rojo established the Seattle Chapter of Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UNIPRO) and works as a Project Manager in the consumer healthcare industry. He lives in Everett and represents Snohomish County.
- Ekkarath Sisavatdy is the Project Director for the Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) at Highline College. He lives in Des Moines and represents King County.
July is Mental Health Awareness in Communities of Color Month
Mental health is essential to overall well-being, yet research shows that APIs are less likely to seek help for mental health issues due to social stigma, linguistic and cultural disconnects, and lack of access to health care.
CAPAA encourages community conversations to promote dialogue and to raise awareness about mental health issues among APIs in observance of Mental Health Awareness in Communities of Color Month. The Commission believes that reducing the stigma around mental health issues is key in increasing the number of APIs who seek treatment.
Ruth Woo Fellowship
The Commission is currently accepting applications for the Ruth Woo Fellowship in the Governor’s Office.
The Fellowship is a unique opportunity for currently enrolled college and graduate students to gain hands-on learning experience in the Governor’s Office. Fellows will be placed in a department within the Governor’s Office and have the opportunity to meet with staff at the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs.
Deadline to apply is July 31.
Join us for a workshop on July 22 in Tukwila to learn about funding opportunities and resources for community members seeking to build spaces that strengthen communities.