To more efficiently execute its charge and more effectively distribute its responsibilities, the Commission has formed four committees. The specific responsibilities of each committee are:
- Economic Development: This committee will study AAPI participation in the MBE program and state government contracting. This committee will also explore ways to promote trade with Asia and foreign direct investment from Asia.
- Community Development: This committee will work to reach out to AAPI communities and promote cultural awareness throughout the state. This committee will work to promote and increase access to state programs and services, including social, health, and educational programs. This committee will address how to meet the needs of communities with limited English proficiency. This committee will also study ways to plan for the anticipated and continued growth of the APA population.
Short Term Goals and Activities:
- Develop State Stat (permance Benchmark) indicators to measure the effectiveness of outreach and engagement with AAPI community
- Review Legislative and executives policies/programs affecting AAPI and immigrant communitiesand make recommendations
- Identify opportunities to collaborate with other ethnic commissions.
- Conduct outreach meetings with AAPI community groups.
- Create a Pan Asian Summit which will help promote Pan Asian unity and cooperation in the State of Maryland
- Organize AAPI Heritage Month activities and other Asian American events.
- Assist with Governor's citations and proclamations for AAPI community events
- Compile database of state and local resources for AAPIs and new immigrants
- Promote/create AAPI message and outreach in the Governor's Vision newsletter
(Members: Elizabeth Chung [Chair], Clarence Lam [Vice Chair], Kitty Chin, Sovan Tun, Mencie Hairston, Thanit Thangpijaigul, Kun Sin, Kap Park, Kui Zhao)
- Develop recommendations to increase the awareness, recruitment and promotion of AAPIs in state and local government.
- Conduct and report on a statewide AAPI health and education needs assessment
- Identify model state and county programs that expand AAPI access to health, social and educational services
- Meet with Asian medical clinics to discuss their operations and opportunities to partner with the Commission
- Identify programs to assist professional credentialing and licensing requirements for foreign trained health professionals
- Study state government's current language access policy and identify additional opportunities and ways to increase language access services for communities with limited English proficiency
- Promote voter registration and participate in elections
- Promote AAPI cultural awareness/heritage/history in education
- Outreach to Asian American students and professional associations to identify challenges and opportunities
(Members: Bob Zhang [Chair], Diosa Woods [Vice Chair], Yun Yang, George Dang, Larry Shinagawa, Humberto Ho, Kwang Choi, Beth Wong, Dottie Li, Ngoc Minh Le)
- Develop recommendations for the promotion and expansion of MBE opportunities for the APA community
- Organize business roundtables in various counties to assess the needs and wants of the Asian American business community
- Identify challenge/opportunities and promote AAPI community and economic development
- Collaborate with local/county and Sister State/Sister City groups to promote business opportunities in Maryland
- Help Promote and Grow the Asian American Business Conference
- Job creation opportunities in Maryland (Job Fair)