Each May we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, honoring the accomplishments of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders at the Energy Department, in the energy workforce, and throughout history.
Headquarter employees and members of the general public were invited to celebrate on May 15, 2014, 11am-1pm, at the Department of Energy. Planned to join the celebration were Robert Gee, President of Asian Americans in Energy, the Environment, and Commerce and Ambassador to the Minorities in Energy Initiative; Dr. James Meng, Executive Director of the Naval Sea System Command; Afroze Mohammed, Associate Director of Virginia Tech University; Emily Duong, 2013 Pacific Miss Asian American and Ambassador to the Minorities in Energy Initiative; and Rosie Abriam, President and CEO of the Center for Asian Pacific American Women.
As Former President Obama said in his 2014 proclamation, "Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have helped build, defend, and strengthen our Nation -- as farm workers and railroad laborers; as entrepreneurs and scientists; as artists, activists, and leaders of government. They have gone beyond, embodying the soaring aspirations of the American spirit."