AAFE and the Asian American Federation have announced the speakers for our 2018 Asian American Community Development Conference, which will be held on the afternoon of Nov. 9 at the Asia Society. Have a look at the conference lineup:

Asian Poverty: Challenges in Community Development: A presentation by Howard Shih, Research & Policy Director of the Asian American Federation.

Asian Americans in School Diversity Reform: Prompted by the ongoing debate over New York City’s specialized high schools, we will be discussing strategies for increasing diversity in these schools without penalizing existing students. More broadly, our panel will explore ideas for improving the quality of high schools throughout the city to provide more opportunities for all students.

  • Adam Lubinsky, Managing Partner of WXY Studio and Facilitator of Brooklyn District 15’s Middle School Diversity Working Group (Moderator)
  • Jason Wu, graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School and Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society; co-author of an editorial in Crain’s calling for reforms in the specialized high school admissions process.
  • David Lee, First Vice President of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York; leading proponent of retaining the current SHSAT.
  • Lynn Shon, STEM teacher at Middle School 88 in Park Slope; member of Brooklyn District 15 School Diversity Working Group.


Emerging Challenges and Strategies for Immigrant Civic Engagement: The conference will take place three days after millions of Americans vote in Mid-Term Elections. Will significant organizing campaigns launched in the past couple of years to boost Asian American participation bear fruit? This panel will consider strategies for increasing participation by immigrants in the political process, not only in local and national elections but at the grass roots level in our communities. We will also discuss emerging digital tools, such as “We Chat,” making an impact in immigrant communities, and influencing opinions regarding hot button issues.

  • Steven Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition.
  • Suman Raghunathan, Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT).
  • Hua Hsu, staff writer at The New Yorker; author of the recent article, “The Rise and Fall of Affirmative Action,” which examined the activism in the Asian American community prompted by the high profile legal case challenging Harvard’s admissions process.

The conference, now in its 11th year, brings together community development practitioners, community leaders, advocates, academics and elected officials for productive and stimulating conversations about issues critical to our communities. We hope you will be part of a great conversation on Nov. 9.

Early Bird tickets are available for a few more days! Sign up using the link below.