Hundreds of local leaders gathered for a day of meaningful discussion and collaboration at AAFE’s 10th Annual Asian American Community Development Conference.  The annual event was held Oct. 25, 2017 at NYU’s Kimmel Center.

In her energizing opening address, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James reminded us about the importance of returning to the basics of advocacy in our communities. Carmelyn Malalis, chairperson of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, delivered a heartfelt keynote speech explaining how her background as an immigrant and a lesbian shaped who she is today.

Throughout the day, one word was, perhaps, heard more often than any other: collaboration. During an afternoon breakout session, “Our Health is Our Wealth,” it was discussed as a key to our collective goal of filling gaps in the health care system. In a morning breakout session, “Asian American Community Leadership Across Sectors and Issues,” we talked about collaboration as a way of building trust across different ethnic groups. Collaboration was also a recurring theme in another conversation, “Building Resiliency and Equitable Communities in Today’s Climate.” 

If you missed the conference, we hope you will have a look at the video from our opening panel discussion, which posed the question: “How does New York City measure up in the fight for achieving equality for all?” The panel was moderated by Lydia Tom, AAFE’s board president. If you would like to connect with any of our speakers, please consult the conference website, where full schedules are available.

If you attended the conference, please consider completing our survey. The deadline is Nov. 15.

See below for a photo gallery from the community development conference. Click on any image to see a full-size slide show.