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ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMISSION

 

The Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission (DAAPIC) serves as a support liaison and facilitator between the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Denver, the Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships and the office of the Mayor of Denver.

Further, it is the Commission's objective to act as catalyst, educator, collective voice, and respond to issues and/or advocate based on community assessment of need, and create awareness and visibility of AAPI community.

 

COMMISSION MEETINGS

Time: 6pm - 7:30pm
Recurrence: 3rd Wednesday of every month
Location: Blair Caldwell Library, 2401 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205

Note: All commission meetings are open to the public. Meeting agendas and minutes as well as other commission documents can be found here.

 

COMMISSION GOALS

Enhance the infrastructure of the DAAPIC.

Increase the visibility of DAAPIC.

Connect AAPIs to opportunities, resources, and tools.

Identify and advocate for AAPI needs.


COMMISSION MEMBERS

Gerard V. Aflague is a Senior Information Technology (IT) Analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office where he audits federal government IT systems and programs for efficiency, effectiveness, and compliance, among other things, to report to U.S. Congress.

Aflague joined the commission to represent the Pacific Islander community offering insight and understanding of the issues, and to network for more effective collaboration amongst community representatives.

Gerard is a creative-type that enjoys entrepreneurial opportunities to educate and promote culture, language, and identity. Cooking and photography are some of his pastimes. 

Kenneth Arellano Jr. is a Business Development Representative with the City and County of Denver’s Workforce Services

Arellano joined the commission to give back to his community but didn’t know how or where to start. DAAPIC gave me him the opoortunity to connect with his community. Ken hopes to offer the commission with community, workforce, and education resources to meet the needs of the AAPI community.

Ken enjoys traveling and cooking and if he can do both, he is ecstatic. You might also see Ken in his community garden getting his hands in the Earth.

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Jane Miyahara is the Manager of Preschool Special Education and Child Find at Denver Public Schools. Jane conducts developmental screenings and evaluations of preschoolers with suspected disabilities and manages early childhood programming for preschoolers with special needs.

Miyahara’s mother was on the Commission many years ago and Jane loved hearing about the work she did for the community, so she wanted to follow in her footsteps. Through her work with the commission, Jane also hopes to connect more with the Asian community and is looking to contribute in any way possible. She knows her connection to DPS is crucial and hopes to help in this area.

Jane is a huge foodie and loves to try the old/new restaurants in Denver. She has a great group of friends that she hangs with and loves to Kayak, SUP, Quilt and spend time in the mountains.

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Patrick Walton brings eight years of operations experience spanning the corporate and nonprofit sectors to Mile High United Way as the Manager of the Office of the President and CEO. In his current role, he serves as the central point of contact for the coordination of the CEO’s activities, and works within the CEO’s leadership team to manage a variety of strategic and operational initiatives.

Patrick was appointed to the Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission (DAAPIC) in 2017. He hopes to join the other commissioners in supporting and strengthening DAAPIC’s crucial role as the link between the AAPI community and the City of Denver. 

Born and raised in Lodi, California, Patrick is an avid traveler and you can often find him hitting the slopes during the winter.

 

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For questions, comments, or more information please contact:
Jessica Jorgensen, DAAPIC Liaison
720-913-1704
jessica.jorgensen@denvergov.org


Are you interested in joining the Asian American Pacific Islander Commission?
Apply online today!

 

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