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Asian American/Pacific Islander Special Emphasis Program

The Asian American/Pacific Islander Special Emphasis Program provides focus on issues such as employment, retention, promotion, training, career development and advancement opportunities affecting Asian American and Pacific Islander applicants and employees at NRCS.  An Asian American or Pacific Islander is a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent.

Asian American Pacific Islander Information for Students:

Afghanistan New Zealand
American Samoa Niue
Australia Norfolk Islands
Bangledesh North Korea
Cambodia Northern Mariana Islands
China Pakistan
Cook Islands Palau
Fiji Papua New Guinea
French Polynesia Philippines
Guam Pitcairn Islands
Hawai'i Singapore
Hong Kong Solomon Islands
India South Korea
Iran Taiwan
Japan Tajikistan
Kazakhstan Thailand
Kiribati The Kingdom of EnenKio Atoll -- Wake Island
Malaysia Tonga
Maldives Turkmenistan
Marshall Islands Tuvalu
Micronesia Uzbekistan
Mongolia Vanuatu
Myanmar Vietnam
Nauru Wake Island -- The Kingdom of Enen Kio Atoll
Nepal Wallis and Futuna
New Caledonia Western Samoa (Independent State)

The Asian America/Pacific Islander Special Emphasis Program seeks to—

(1) Ensure that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders receive equal treatment in all aspects of employment.

(2) Increase the number of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders employed in all professional, administrative, technical, clerical, and other categories, series, and grade levels.

(3) Provide opportunities to participate in training, career development, and leadership programs.

(4) Encourage the participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in all NRCS-sponsored programs and activities.

(5) Provide a network of professional support for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the workplace.

(6) Provide mentoring support to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the workforce.

(7) Educate all NRCS employees by raising the level of awareness of Asian American and Pacific Islander workplace issues and concerns.
 

General Manual - Title 230 Equal Opportunity, Part 403 Special Emphasis Programs, Subpart E – Asian American / Pacific Islander Emphasis Program

May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month

2018 Theme:  Unite Our Vision by Working Together

Unite Our Vision by Working Together

The month of May denotes several events in AAPI history, including the immigration of the first Japanese people to the United States May 7, 1843. The finalization of the transcontinental railroad was accomplished May 10, 1869 by predominantly Chinese immigrants.  While these AAPI communities have roots that span the globe, their success stories are uniquely American.  Generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have helped develop and defend the United States, often in the face of tremendous racial and cultural prejudice. Many AAPIs have played an integral role to help shape and defend this nation. President Donald Trump Proclaims May 2018 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/president-donald-j-trump-proclaims-may-2018-asian-american-pacific-islander-heritage-month/
 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2018 Proclamation signed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf

https://www.governor.pa.gov/asian-american-and-pacific-islander-heritage-month-2018/

Smart Talk on Asian Pacific Heritage

May 21, 2018:  Smart Talk discusses the unique history and heritage of the 433,000 people in Pennsylvania who trace their roots to Asia and the Pacific Islands with Tiffany Chang Lawson, Executive Director, Governor Tom Wolf's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and Special Projects and Thomas S. Lee, Vice Chair of the Commission. 

http://www.witf.org/smart-talk/2018/05/asian-pacific-heritageauthor-allen-guelzo-on-reconstruction.php

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Damian Loeper
Special Emphasis Program Manager
(484) 512-3236