The second WLP Session: Who Will Take Care of Auntie? will focus on health disparities affecting the AANHPI community and how to understand health care trends in order to respond, advocate, and mobilize on behalf of their peers, families, and communities. The session will provide participants an opportunity to discuss health care in the context of policy, culture, and advocacy with leaders and activists in the field. Registration for the event will begin at 5:30pm with our program following promptly at 6:00pm. All WLP sessions are free to the public, but seating is limited. Please register online to reserve your seat. Dinner will be provided.
Gem P. Daus is an award-winning adjunct faculty member of the University of Maryland Asian American Studies Program. His classes are interdisciplinary and emphasize public policy as it intersects with community building and identity. He teaches Filipino American History and Biography, and has also taught Asian American Health and Asian American Sexualities. Gem has published several book chapters as well as numerous policy papers on Asian American and Pacific Islander health.
Gem has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and public, from direct service, to program management, to executive leadership. He has worked for the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC), the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), and the American Red Cross. He has led local-national partnerships for improving access to quality health care and increased research for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. He was a community liaison to the White House Initiative of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI). He worked on the legislation that eventually led to the formation of the Asian American & Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) designation within the Department of Education. He has also facilitated strategic planning and board development for community-based organizations, including local health clinics and human service providers.
Gem was born in Baguio City, Philippines and completed grade school in Norfolk, Virginia. He completed a BA in History at the University of Virginia and an MA in Organization Development at Marymount University. In his spare time, he volunteers on several boards and dances hula with Halau Nohona Hawaii.
Quyen Dinh is the Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC). Originally formed in 1979, SEARAC was founded by a group of American humanitarians as a direct response to the refugee crises arising throughout Southeast Asia as a result of U.S. military actions. Today, SEARAC represents the largest refugee community ever resettled in America as a civil rights organization and works to empower Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese American communities to create a socially just and equitable society through policy advocacy, advocacy capacity building, community engagement, and mobilization.
As Executive Director, Quyen has advocated for Southeast Asian Americans on key civil rights issues includingeducation, immigration, criminal justice, health, and aging. Under Quyen’s leadership, SEARAC has authored national legislation and passed California legislation calling for transparent, disaggregated data for the Asian American community. Quyen has also extended SEARAC’s coalition presence and leadership in other civil rights and social justice movements through her leadership roles with the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), Detention Watch Network (DWN), the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC), RISE for Boys and Men of Color, and Allies for Reaching Community Health Equity (ARCHE) Action Collaborative. Prior to SEARAC, she built lasting infrastructure for the International Children Assistance Network (ICAN) in San Jose, California serving Vietnamese immigrant parents, grandparents, and youth.
Born to Vietnamese refugees, Quyen identifies as a second-generation Vietnamese American. She holds a Masters of Public Policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Quyen was born in New Orleans, LA, and grew up in Orange County, CA and San Jose, CA. She currently resides with her husband in Washington, DC.
Tricia Sandiego, Senior Advisor for AARP’s Caregiving & Health team, is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) experienced in health communication and promotion and public health research and practice. Her current work focuses on strategy for educating the 50+ and their families on caregiving and healthcare through programs, online tools and resources. Prior to joining AARP, she held positions working at the National Cancer Institute and on Federal contracts for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She has a background in health disparities and behavioral health. She holds an MHS from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA from McGill University.
Session and Panel Moderator June Kao is a marketing and project consultant of the AARP Multicultural Leadership’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Audience team. For the past five years, her work has focused on collaborative and innovate efforts to engage the AAPI 50 and older community.
Caregiving has been a focus of the AARP AAPI team and June, as the coordinator of the caregiving work has focused on the production of content as well as community engagement. She oversaw the production of two caregiving films, Caregiving Dahil Mahal Kita and Caregiving: The Circle of Love which are used as a catalyst for starting the “Prepare to Care” conversations in the AAPI community.
June’s caregiving work also includes: creating an Asian American English and a Chinese language versions of AARP’s “Prepare to Care work book”; developing and presenting an intergenerational “Prepare to Care” workshop; and leading the November Caregiving month social media campaign which shared 15 AAPI caregiver stories that generated 23,681 Facebook engagements.
In addition to caregiving, June focuses on how AARP can engage with AAPIs on fraud prevention and confronting age stereotypes. She oversees the Chinese American audience experience.
Board service for June includes: Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors for the East Coast Asian American Student Union, a network of over 150 schools and formerly on Board of Directors for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership. She was co-director of New York City Asian American Student Conference and co-chair of Asian Heritage Month at NYU. June was raised in New Jersey and graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Psychology.
Support for the Who Will Take Care of Auntie? session is sponsored by AARP
**Please note that there is a $5 charge for failing to attend a pre-registered session without a 24-hr notice**
Registration for the Washington Leadership Program will open on Monday, May 7.
More About The Washington Leadership Program
The Washington Leadership Program (WLP) provides a space for young AANHPI students interning in Washington, D.C. to come together, build community, and explore their heritage within the context of public service. Through five sessions over the summer, WLP introduces students to AANHPI public service leaders who can inform and inspire students’ own civic engagement.
The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) seeks to empower Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) youth by increasing access to public service opportunities and building a strong AANHPI public service pipeline. We envisions a future with equitable AANHPI representation throughout all levels of government and public service.
By registering for CAPAL’s Washington Leadership Program, you give permission to be recorded or photographed during the session. Food provided at this event may contain nuts, dairy, gluten, and other allergens. Vegetarian options will be available.