Asian Pacific Islander Community Issues Addressed

Posted: April 17, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Courtney Chappell, policy and programs director at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), will lead a discussion on Wednesday, April 18, titled “Building Power: A Dialogue about Identity and Politics in the Asian Pacific Islander Community.”

The dialogue will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Room A, on the Fairfax Campus.

Chappell, who is a Korean American adoptee who grew up in the Washington, D.C., area, will lead a discussion on these issues:

  • What does it mean to be Asian American in today’s society?

  • How do issues related to race, gender and class influence our perceptions of the world?

  • How can we translate our personal stories, values and beliefs into political power?

  • How can we can engage in the broader social justice and civil rights movements?

At NAPAWF, Chappell develops policy positions, publications and briefs, and advocates for legislation related to reproductive justice, immigration and health care. Prior to her current position, Chappell was a legislative staff attorney with NAPAWF and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She is a recipient of a New Voices Fellowship and a Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship. She is on the board of the Third Wave Foundation and the API Domestic Violence Resource Project.

Chappell is a magna cum laude graduate from the American University Washington College of Law, where she was a student attorney in the domestic violence clinic and clerked for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, the U.S. EEOC, and the ACLU. She was also a volunteer intake counselor at the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center and the Domestic Violence Intake Center. Prior to law school, Courtney worked at the American Association of University Women Legal Advocacy Fund.

For more information, contact Tony Roshan Samara, assistant professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, at 703-993-3780.

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