Cindy del Rosario-Tapan
Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations
Several Columbia community members, including two Columbia College students, attended the first White House Asian American Pacific Islander Youth Leadership Briefing in Washington, D.C., on January 12. The event was organized by the White House Initiative on American Pacific Islanders, an advisory board reestablished by the Obama Administration in 2009. Participants had the opportunity to meet with government officials and discuss topical issues impacting the American Pacific Islande rs youth community, including civic participation, recent Department of Justice and Department of Educatoin findings that Asian American teenagers are the most bullied ethnic group in the U.S., the DREAM Act, and access to public service opportunities. Belle Yan ‘12 and Richard Sun ‘13 were among the attendees.