Legislative Leadership Series

Exploring the Diversity of the AAPI Community

Thursday, October 1, 2020 2:00 pm EDT

The AAPI community is far from a monolith, and includes such a vast array of ethnicities, nationalities, religions, cultural groups, and languages. While we work together to advocate for our community under this label, we know that the needs of many different groups within the AAPI umbrella are not always the same. This panel explores different identities within the AAPI community by bringing together diverse voices to talk about unique issues their communities are facing. 


  • Gregg Orton, NCAPA
  • Sina Sam, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
  • Tavae Samuelu, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)
  • Lakshmi Sridaran, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
  • Mary Tablante, KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress

Moderator: Phil Nash, University of Maryland

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