Press Release


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


EEOC to Focus on Federal Employment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold its next public meeting on Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time), at agency headquarters, 1801 L Street, N.W. In accordance with the Sunshine Act, the meeting is open for public observation of the Commission's deliberations.

Following the announcement of notation votes, the Commission will hear from invited panelists on issues facing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the federal workplace. The scheduled panel presentations, outlined below, are being held as part of the agency's E-RACE Initiative (Eradicating Racism And Colorism from Employment) and in conjunction with the EEOC-led AAPI Work Group.

Panel 1:

The Status of Federal AAPI Employment, Changing Demographics, Labor Market Growth and Employment Outlook

  • Carlton Hadden, Director, EEOC Office of Federal Operations;
  • John Palguta,Vice President, Partnership for Public Service;
  • Paul Ong, Ph.D., Professor, School of Public Affairs and Asian American Studies, University of California at Los Angeles, and Director, University of California AAPI Policy Multi-Campus Research Program; and
  • Sharon Goto, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Asian American Studies, Pomona College, Claremont, Calif

Panel 2:

The Realities and Barriers Faced by AAPIs in the Federal Sector

  • Kuan-Teh Jeang M.D., Ph.D., National Institutes of Health;
  • John Lee, President of the National Association of Asian American Law Enforcement Commanders; and
  • Dr. Arun Basu, Former Senior Executive with the Natural Resources and Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Panel 3:

EEO Best Practices in the Federal Sector

  • Patrick Pizzella (or Designee), Chief Human Capital Officer, U.S. Department of Labor;
  • Sharon Wong, Special Assistant for Diversity, Goddard Space Flight Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); and
  • Linda Bradford-Washington, Director, Office of Departmental Equal Employment Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The E-RACE Initiative, launched by EEOC Chair Naomi C. Earp in February 2007, is a national outreach, education, and enforcement campaign focusing on new and emerging race and color issues in the 21st century workplace – including issues facing the AAPI community. One of the main goals of E-RACE is engaging the public, employers, and stakeholders to promote voluntary compliance in eradicating race and color discrimination. Further information about the E-RACE Initiative is available on the EEOC's web site at

The EEOC's AAPI Work Group, which represents a cross section of federal agencies, was formed in October 2007 to examine the community's concerns about federal sector employment, special emphasis programs, and the discrimination complaint process. Further information about the work group is available on the EEOC's web site at

Following the AAPI panel presentations, the Commission is scheduled to consider the Compliance Manual Section on Religious Discrimination as well as a resolution honoring a veteran agency employee on her retirement.

NOTE TO NEWS MEDIA: Any matter not discussed or concluded may be carried over to a later meeting. The Commission agenda is subject to revision. You may call (202) 663-7100 (voice) or (202) 663-4074 (TTY) on the day of the Commission Meeting to confirm the above schedule.

The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Additional information about the Commission is available on its web site at

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