WHIAAPI 2013 Faith-Based and Community Engagement
In 2012, WHIAAPI began to focus its outreach efforts on new immigrants and refugees – some of the most underserved in the AAPI community. Engaging faith-based and other community organizations in 2013 will help us better reach these communities. Studies show new immigrants and refugees rely on houses of worship and community organizations to seek help and resources when they first arrive in the U.S. and continue to maintain strong connections to these institutions for fellowship, development of social networks, and critical social services, among other things. Faith-based organizations also serve a diverse segment of the AAPI population from Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, etc.
As part of this effort, WHIAAPI will hold three regional convenings in Chicago, San Francisco, and New York City to engage faith-based and other community organizations and leaders. These cities are main AAPI immigrant hubs and entry points for new immigrants/refugees. Each convening will include panel discussions/workshops with federal officials on key issues impacting the community and also an open-dialogue session to hear directly from the community about issues of concern.
Participants will gain the following:
- Learn about federal resources and programs that can assist their constituency base, and engage directly with federal representatives from a broad range of agencies focused on economic growth, immigration, education and civil rights;
- Share innovative approaches and best practices among faith-based and other neighborhood groups and leaders; and
- Provide stories and list of concerns to federal officials that will better inform government’s understanding of these communities.