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Our Commitment to Asian American and Pacific Islanders at the Department of Energy

July 20, 2011 - 9:58am

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Today we were honored to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) month, recognizing the significant contributions of AAPI individuals in securing our clean energy future, and the work yet to be done to improve the quality of life and opportunities for AAPIs. 

Representatives from American Government Executives Network (AAGEN), the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), and the Department of Energy celebrated the event with inspirational stories from AAPI entrepreneurs, an update on AAPI initiatives at the Department from Associate Deputy Secretary Mel Williams and Chief Human Capitol Officer Michel Kane, and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between instrumental federal government employee networks and the Department of Energy. 

The Department of Energy is one of 23 Federal agencies participating in the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, created by President Obama’s Executive Order 13515. The Memorandum of Understanding signed at today’s event by An-Ming “Tommy” Hwang, Chair, AAGEN, Dr. Kim Wong, Chair, FAPAC, Chief Human Capitol Officer Michael Kane, and Bill Valdez, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, has created a more committed partnership with organizations that have had significant success in reaching out to the AAPI community. 

“We truly believe in diversity, and we truly believe in inclusion,” Associate Deputy Secretary Williams said during his remarks at the event. “When you get the right mix of people in the room you can make better decisions and improve mission effectiveness.” 

We are looking forward to keeping you updated about the progress stemming from our strengthened partnership with AAGEN and FAPAC, and a renewed commitment from the Department.

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