Building Our Communities with Resiliency and Strength
Tuesday May 14, 2013 · New York University’s Kimmel Center
The aim of the 6th Annual Asian American Community Development Conference is to spur a dialogue with leaders in community development, government, advocacy, philanthropy and the private sector about groundbreaking work to preserve and enhance our neighborhoods, to build power and influence for our communities, and to increase the civic participation of Asian Americans in New York City.
The past year was truly extraordinary for all of us in New York City. Superstorm Sandy was the most challenging disaster our great city has faced since 9/11. As we move forward together on neighborhood-based recovery efforts, this year’s conference is intentionally focusing on lifting up local issues and solutions that will be relevant for all on-the-ground practitioners:
- What does the Asian American community look like in New York City and New York State?
- What are economic development and anti-poverty strategies that will transform local neighborhoods and small businesses?
- What is at stake for the Asian American community in the 2013 election and the broader movement for comprehensive immigration reform?
8:30 –9:00am: Registration & Breakfast – Eisner & Lubin Auditorium 4th Fl
9:00 – 9:15 am: Welcome & Introductions – Eisner & Lubin Auditorium 4th Fl
9:15 –10:45 am: Morning Plenary Panel – Eisner & Lubin Auditorium 4th Fl
Growth, Challenges and Opportunities: Asian Americans in New York City and New York State
Data on the development of the Asian American community in New York City and New York State provides a snapshot of our communities showing that with the increasing growth and diversity come new challenges and opportunities. This panel raises important issues regarding the future of the Asian American community in New York City and across the State. As our population shifts to new neighborhoods, how will government agencies and community service providers respond to the needs in our community. As the number of Asians actively participating in our political process, whether as candidates, voters or donors, how will Asian Americans negotiate the new challenges and responsibilities of their new place at the table? Increasing economic contributions of Asian New Yorkers bring up questions of how Asian small businesses, which are more likely to have paid employees, expand and grow from local to regional to even international markets. A panel of leaders from policy, business, health and human services, research and philanthropy will discuss these findings as well as future opportunities for the Asian American community.
Speaker: Howard Shih, Asian American Federation
Daniel Dromm, City Council Member District 25
Allison Sesso, Human Services Council
Seema Agnani, Chhaya CDC
Moderator: Lisa Hasegawa, National CAPACD
10:45 – 11:00 am: Morning Break
11:00 am – 12:15 pm: Workshop Session I
Adaptive Re-Use as a Strategy for Community Revitalization – Room 406
New York City and metropolitan areas across the United States have experienced significant shifts in their demographics, key industries, financial resources, and aging infrastructure in recent decades. The adaptive re-use of buildings and infrastructure has emerged as a leading strategy to revitalize the built environment of neighborhoods, to bring new goods and services to local communities, and to create economic opportunity for residents. This panel will showcase unique case studies in adaptive re-use that are transforming their surrounding communities.
Josh Shelton, El Dorado Inc. and Hardesty Renaissance
Meta Brunzema, Meta Brunzema Architects PC
Joan Byron, Pratt Center for Community Development
Innovative Strategies for Poverty Alleviation – Room 909
Despite strides made by community development practioners, community organizers and policy makers to build up and preserve our neighborhoods, concentrated poverty persists in too many of our communities. Additionally our communities continue to struggle to achieve in education, health, housing stability, and economic mobility. An expert panel of speakers will discuss innovative strategies to address poverty in this city, including workforce development, asset-building, human capital development, and social impact bond financing.
Kristen Morse, NYC Center for Economic Opportunity
Wendy Fleischer, Neighborhood Opportunities Fund
Mamta Gurung, Chhaya CDC
Mary Abbate, Queens Community House
Moderator: Steve Flax, M&T Bank
The Opportunity for Comprehensive Immigration Reform – Room 912
What is happening with Comprehensive Immigration reform in Washington DC? Hear from leaders working in the immigrant rights’ movement who are organizing communities on the ground and advocating for meaningful policy change in Congress. Panelists will discuss the impact that this legislation will have on detention and deportation, family reunification, DREAMers, path to legalization for undocumented immigrants, workers’ rights as they related to the Asian American community.
Luna Ranjit, Adhikaar for Human Rights
Jacki Esposito, New York Immigration Coalition
Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families
Mae Lee, Chinese Progressive Association
12:15 – 12:30 pm: Midday Break
12:30 – 1:00 pm: Luncheon Keynote Address – Eisner & Lubin Auditorium 4th Fl
Darryl Towns, Commissioner and CEO of New York State Homes and Community Renewal
1:00 – 2:30 pm: Luncheon Plenary Panel – Eisner & Lubin Auditorium 4th Fl
What’s at Stake for the Asian American Community in the 2013 Local Elections?
In 2014 New York City will, for the first time in over a decade, have a new mayor, major city-wide offices will have new officials, and more than half of the City Council will be freshmen members. Hear from city-wide leaders, journalists and political experts on the policy issues taking center stage in the 2013 New York City elections, as well as what is at stake for the Asian American community city-wide. We will also discuss institutional strategies the next administration will need to consider such as mayoral appointments, language access with public agencies, ensuring that New York continues to be a leader in providing for immigrants’ needs and opportunities.
Bill Chong, New York City Department for the Aging
Benjamin Dulchin, Association for Neighborhood Housing and Development
Wayne Ho, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families
Maria Castaneda, SEIU 1199
Moderator: Sewell Chan, New York Times
2:30– 2:45 pm: Afternoon Break
2:45 – 4:00 pm: Workshop Session II
Leadership and Response to Superstorm Sandy – Room 406
Superstorm Sandy was the most devastating disaster New York has seen since 9/11. Across the city communities organized to support one another with immediate assistance and through the rebuilding process. Governmental agencies, foundations and community organizations mobilized their assets to aid in the immediate recovery and help plan for long-term recovery. Hear organizations from across the city who were leading Sandy response and recovery efforts, and what is next in store from local, state and federal plans to aid in this recovery.
Damaris Reyes, Good Old Lower East Side
Denise Scott, LISC-NYC
Eddie Mark, Brooklyn Community Board 13
Joseph McKellar, Faith in New York
Moderator: Gillian Kaye, Kaye Strategies
Real Talk on Small Businesses – Room 909
While small businesses make up the lifeblood of a neighborhood’s vitality and uniqueness, and provide significant employment opportunities to local residents, they also face daily challenges retaining and attracting customers, accessing working capital, navigating with the city, and dealing with taxes and fees. Panelists will discuss their work with small businesses to build local leadership, advocate for the needs of businesses, and promote the growth of small businesses across the city.
Jessie Lee, CAMBA
John Choe, One Flushing Community Economic Development Center
Jonathan Bowles, Center for an Urban Future
Moderator: Peter Cheng, Asian Americans for Equality
Building Civic Participation from the Ground Up – Room 909
Civic participation drives the life force of New York City, and in recent years communities across the city have mapped out new strategies to build civic participation among those who have been traditionally marginalized from civic life: immigrants and non-citizens, working class families, youth, and communities of color to name a few. An expert panel of leaders in civic participation will discuss innovative strategies for how they are working to build the voice, presence and power of communities from the ground up.
Gigi Li, Community Board 3
Linda Sarsour, Muslim Democratic Club
Nazli Parvizi, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit
Maurice Mitchell, NY Civic Engagement Table
4:00 pm – 4:15 pm: Afternoon Break
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm: Reception and Awards Ceremony – Room 914
Pioneer Spirit Awardees:
Judi Stern-Orlando, Astella Development Corporation
Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Council District 8
Deborah Boatwright, NewighborWorks America
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