Won the 2022 Delegate primary election

I am pleased to announce that I will be advancing to the Nov. 8th general election for Maryland State Delegate District 9A. I am grateful for your votes and humbled by your trust in me.

I truly appreciate our friendly competition in the primary election, Steve Bolen and Natalie Ziegler. Steven Bolen Natalie ZieglerCongratulations, Natalie Ziegler, Trent Kittleman, and Dr. Jianning Zeng. District 9A voters, I am asking for your vote in the general election. A vote for WU is a vote for YOU!

Board Meeting Recap 2022-7-14

ADMINISTRATION OF OATH – Student Member of the Board (Wayne A. Robey, Clerk of Court)

Congratulations on our new SMOB: Abisola Ayoola.

Public Forum:

Dress code for girls

SMOB report

Superintendent Report

  • Summer meals are available at no cost to all students and anyone aged 18 and under through August 12.
  • HCPSS has 800 vacancies, of them 4000 are new positions for the new fiscal year.
  • Out of our total number of current vacancies, 425 of them are teacher vacancies. To date, we have identified a candidate for 225 of those and are in the process of hiring candidates for them.
  • Since June 1st,120 teachers have resigned,50 teachers have retired,and25 teachers have taken a leave of absence for next school year.
  • HCPSS will be hosting a series of job and hiring fairs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., on Saturday, July 30th, August 13th and August 27th, at Wilde Lake Middle School.
  • HS 13 boundary feedback deadline was extended the deadline to July 22.
  • The first day of the new school year for students is Monday, August 29.

Bright Minds Foundation Major Activities Annual Report

Policies

  1. Policy 10010 Distribution and Display of Materials and Announcements
  2. Policy 5220 School Bus Contracts and School Bus Personnel Charter
  3. Policy 8000 Curriculum Charter 
  4. Policy 9030 School-Sponsored Publications and Productions Charter

School Start Time – SY 23/24 Provisional School by School Bell Time Report

Public Testimony on Policy 8020

HCPSS proposed to remove mid-term and finals. The board is now hearing public testimony on this change.

Preliminary Later School Start Time Proposal for 2023-2024

On February 10, 2022, the Board of Education approved the decision to begin immediately planning the Later Start School Time (primarily for high schools) implementation for the 2023/2024 school year. This is the first report that directly addresses the objective of the School Start and End Time planning for the 2023/2024 school year. The report is of a preliminary nature and will need to be finalized in the future as the iterative process continues.

2022 Endorsement for Dr. Chao Wu

2022 Endorsement for Dr. Chao Wu for Maryland State Delegate

Here comes the endorsement for Dr. Chao Wu for Maryland State Delegate, District 9A. Although I have been endorsed by various organizations or persons, I believe it is not a specific organization that can speak for you.  It is you, our voters, by making some effort to understand the candidate’s background, experience, and vision for Maryland. Then you cast an informed vote. Your vote is my endorsement. 

My service on the Howard County Board of Education (2018-2022), one year as chair and more than 500 articles on various topics on this website will help you understand me better.

I am a data scientist, a proud father of two, an immigrant, and a community volunteer. I currently serve on the Howard County Board of Education (BOE) (Term 2018-2022). 

I will be your voice and you are my strength.

A Vote for Dr. Wu is a Vote for you. 

 

2022 Maryland Education Survey Result

Maryland State Board of Education (MSBOE) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) in February 2022 to provide input for the development of a multi-year strategic plan for Maryland’s education system.  To date, 22,950 Marylanders have responded to the survey which will remain open for the foreseeable future.  The preliminary results included in the attached document identify the five top priorities Marylanders have identified in their responses thus far, including:

  1.  Improving reading and writing in the early grades.
  2.  Improving social, emotional, and mental health supports.
  3.  Improving math and science skills.
  4.  Developing more excellent teachers.
  5.  Improving critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative teamwork skills.

It is very interesting to see the divergence among different school system. The whole survey result is attached here:

Board Meeting Recap 2022-6-23

Proclamation: Student Member of the Board of Education (BOE) Peter Banyas

Signing contract with American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

Program Evaluation of Ukeru Systems 

School Start Times: Transportation Service Model and Technology Improvements

Transportation Service Model and Technology Recommendations for Change

Key decision: HCPSS is preparing for the HCPSS to operate a portion of the transportation system beginning July 1, 2023. This is something new.

Operating Budget Review Committee (OBRC) Final Report

Instructional Use of Technology

Hands-on Online Voter Registration/Change

Note: if you register as Independent/Unaffiliated, you could only vote in the BOE race. If you want to influence Democrat or Republican parties, you need to register in that party to vote in their primaries. In majority of races, primary election will determine the general election result. If you want to support me (a moderate democrat), please register as Democrat. You could always change your party affiliation any time in the future.

If you have not registered to vote, please register. If you may travel during the summer, please request a mail-in ballot. The whole registration or requesting process takes less than a minute.

Voter Status Search

  1. https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch

Online Voter Registration or Change ( You need have Maryland Driver License)

  1. https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/onlinevoterregistration/InstructionsStep1
  2. Change your party during the process
  3. Ask for mail-in ballot (one time or forever)

Request a mail-in (absentee ballot) (You need Maryland Driver License)

  1. https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineMailinRequest/InstructionsStep1
  2. The same link as above
  3. Ask for mail-in ballot (one time or forever)

Board Meeting Recap 2022-6-9

Public Forum

LGBTQA+ concerns

Administrative Appointments and Promotions

Administrative Transfers 

Student Member Report

school visit at HS 13, Hammond High and Talbott Springs ES

Superintendent Report

2020 Awardees

  1. Our Principal of the Year and a Washington Post Principal of the Year nominee, Nancy Thompson from Talbott Springs Elementary School
  2. Our Teacher of the Year and Maryland State Department of Education candidate, Jerome Pickens from Bryant Woods Elementary School
  3. And, our Teacher of the Year and a Washington Post Teacher of the Year nominee, Suzi Young from Homewood School

2021 Awardees

  1. o Our Principal of the Year and Washington Post Principal of the Year nominee, Denise Lancaster from Deep Run Elementary School
  2. o Our Teacher of the Year and Maryland State Department of Education candidate, Amy Woolf from Oakland Mills Middle School
  3. o And, our Teacher of the Year and a Washington Post Teacher of the Year nominee, Niklas Berry from Oakland Mills High School

2022 awardees

  1. Our Principal of the Year and a Washington Post Principal of the Year nominee, Jeffrey Fink from Oakland Mills High School
  2. o Our Teacher of the Year and Maryland State Department of Education candidate, Jorden Lim from Long Reach High School
  3. o And, our Teacher of the Year and a Washington Post Teacher of the Year nominee, Jessica Palad from Pointers Run Elementary School

MCTM’s Outstanding Educator Awardees

  1. In the Beginning Mathematics Teacher Category, Joshua Ernst from Mount Hebron High School.
  2. o In the Middle School Mathematics Teacher Category, Jenna Largent from Homewood Center.
  3. o In the High School Mathematics Teacher Category, Kevin Flynn from Marriotts Ridge High School.
  4. o And in the Mathematics Teacher Leader Category – Jennifer Mullinix, a Mathematics Instructional Support Teacher at Hammond High School and Long Reach High School

School Start Time Change Implementation Project Status Update

Policy

  1. Policy 4060 Medicaid Reimbursement for Health-Related Services (approved)
  2. Policy 6060 Community Improvement to School Sites or School Facilities (approved)
  3. Policy 4050 Procurement of Goods and/or Services (approved)
  4. Policy 8020 Grading & Reporting: Middle & High School  (presented)
    1. The revision recommends removing midterm and finals from most courses.

2022 Feasibility Study

2022 HCPSS Feasibility Study

2022 HCPSS Feasibility Study is available now. This is to help the board to define the boundary of High School 13 (at Jessup, along the mission road), which will be opened in Fall 2023. There are four redistricting scenarios discussed in the study.

Here is how to find your polygon number: https://chaowu.org/2017/06/24/how-to-find-hcpss-school-polygon-map-number/

Scenario A

Scenario B

Scenario C

Scenario D

Just as I said during the last redistricting in 2019, we should define the core area for High School 13 at that time to reduce unnecessary moves this year. Unfornatuely the majority of the board did not listen to me and we are facing a large reshuffling again. It will be a huge challenge for students, and families. At the same time, let’s get excited for a new high school opening. The last new high school is Marriotts Ridge High School, which opened in 2005, 17 years ago.

The whole document is attached here.

Howard County 2022 In-process and Planned Development

This is a long list (30 pages) for in-process and planned development for Howard County this year. It showed where the new units will be built and which school is designated to go.

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide the Board with additional supporting documentation for the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) School Capacity Chart.

BOE approved FY 2023-2024 budget

BOE approved FY 2023-2024 budget

Board of Education Adopts FY23 Operating & Capital Budgets – HCPSS News

May 27th, 2022

The Howard County Board of Education on May 26 adopted its Operating and Capital Budgets for the 2022-2023 school year (FY 2023). The General Fund operating budget totals $1.03 billion, an increase of $74.8 million over FY 2022 which represents a 7.8 percent change. The FY 2023 capital budget totals $105,887,000, to support capital projects, including new High School #13 and Hammond High School, both scheduled to be completed for school year 2023 and 2024, respectively.

The approved FY 2023 operating budget advances the school system’s ability to meet the growing student needs for academic and behavioral supports, special education, and health services. It also provides funding for employee compensation increases and fully funds negotiated collective bargaining agreements. In addition, the FY 2023 budget will begin the funding increases needed to meet the initial requirements of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, including the phased-in expansion to full-day prekindergarten for 3- and 4-year-olds. In total, the FY 2023 budget adds more than 380 positions in the operating budget.

“I am pleased the budget provides funds to ensure our students receive the much-needed services to support their mental health and academic needs compounded by the pandemic,” said Board Chair Vicky Cutroneo. “I want to thank the County Executive, County Council, Superintendent Martirano, and our school system staff for working collaboratively to advance this budget. Almost half of our total new positions will go directly to support special education where we know we need to continue investing.”

“The budget advances many critical need areas within our system by providing resources and new staff positions to support our students and staff and will have a significant impact on the academic and behavioral supports, and health and special education services we are able to provide,” said HCPSS Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano. “Through our fiscal management, we have eliminated the Health Fund deficit and can now focus on adding these much-needed supports and services for our students and staff. I am pleased that this budget will provide compensation increases for our employees while laying the foundation to implement the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future over the next ten years.”

“I am particularly proud that the budget continues our investment in special education by funding a total of 186.8 new special education positions, continuing our system’s record growth advanced for special education over the last several budget cycles,” added Martirano.

Howard County funding is increasing $45 million over the required Maintenance of Effort funding, an increase of 7.2 percent, plus nonrecurring funding of $2.3 million that has been conditionally approved by the Maryland State Board of Education (MSDE). State sources of revenue increased by $38.6 million, an increase of 13.7 percent, driven by the implementation of per pupil funding increases required in Blueprint legislation. Federal and other sources of funding remain the same year-over-year. The remaining funds to balance the budget come from the use of unassigned fund balance in the amount of $28.9 million, an increase of $1.9 million from the FY 2022 budget.

Critical Investments to Meet Increased Student Needs

The pandemic has permanently reshaped and redefined public education service levels, compounding the challenges for staff in meeting students’ needs. The budget advances resources and new staff positions necessary to prepare HCPSS to meet students’ increased needs for academic and behavioral supports, special education and health services. The budget includes:

  • Full funding of special education with 186.8 positions, including the special education services to expand full-day prekindergarten programs
  • 1 LGBTQIA+ liaison position
  • 15 liaison positions, including 5 Black Student Achievement Program liaisons, 4 Hispanic achievement liaisons and 2 international achievement liaison positions including an additional 4 liaisons added by the Board on May 19, 2022
  • 10 student health services staff including 2 nurses, 7 health assistants and 1 health specialist
  • 15 student well-being & support positions, including 6 counselors, 8 psychologists, 1 pupil personnel worker, along with the well-being and support positions supporting student needs expanded through Blueprint implementation

Blueprint for Maryland’s Future

The FY 2023 budget includes $25.3 million to begin implementing the core foundation costs needed to meet the requirements of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, which begins taking effect next fiscal year and will continue to be rolled out over the next 10 years. FY 2023 Blueprint efforts include:

  • Increasing teacher salaries and advancing the minimum teacher salary toward the required $60,000 minimum by FY 2026. The FY 2023 budget increases the minimum teacher salary from $50,000 to $56,228
  • 79.8 positions for prekindergarten expansion (44 positions for prekindergarten and 35.8 special education positions included in the 186.8 special education positions already listed)
  • 26 positions for college and career readiness
  • 6 positions for career ladder implementation, administration, governance, and reporting

In addition, the budget will advance several additional priorities forward including:

  • School start times adjustment initiative
  • Decrease of class size by 1 at the elementary school level
  • Training on alternatives for seclusion and restraint
  • New High School #13 administration and custodial positions
  • Additional custodial and HVAC maintenance positions
  • Funding for increased costs related to student transportation

The Board adopted a FY 2023 Capital Budget totaling $105,887,000, for costs associated with the continued funding for construction of New High School #13 and the renovation and addition to Hammond High School. In addition, ongoing projects will provide maintenance and support of the school system and operational needs including funds to support systemwide technology needs, the relocatable classroom program, projects addressing accessibility concerns through the barrier free line, and systemic maintenance projects.

The adopted FY 2024-2028 Capital Improvement Program and FY 2023-2032 Long-Range Master Plan provide a path forward with the next planned capital projects and ongoing projects to support operational needs.

The final adopted budget will be available online soon. Additional budget information is available online now.

BOE meeting recap 2022-5-26

Public forum

bring police back to school, tighten covid response, transportation policy

Superintendent Report

  1. Condolence to Texas School shooting victims
  2. Protests around our schools recently
  3. Centennial High School earned top honors at the 15th regional U.S. Chinese-Bridge Proficiency Competition for High School Students of Non-Native Speakers. Thanks to Ms. Hui Liang
  4. Wilde Lake High School Spanish Teacher Maria Romano-Sweitzer and her students in Wilde Lake’s Spanish Honor Society won the 2022 Chapter Activity of the Year Award from the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese’s National Spanish Honor Society Region II Director.
  5. Beginning in July, students and families must complete a free and reduced-priced meals application form to receive meals at a reduced price or for free.
  6. The COVID positivity rate in Howard County continues to increase and it is in the high community transmission level according to the CDC.
    1. One, when a school or cohort has an outbreak, all students, visitors at the outbreak school will be strongly encouraged to remain masked at all times while indoors, except when eating or drinking. Students who are directly impacted by the outbreak will be required to mask for 10 days. Masks will be available at school for anybody who needs one.
    2. Two, we will encourage increased testing for all individuals who are part of an outbreak or who have been identified as a close contact.
    3. Effective immediately, any student or staff member who is identified as a close contact in an outbreak setting and is asymptomatic should be tested on day 1 after they are identified as a close contact, again on day three, and then again on day five. As long as all tests are negative, the individual may continue to attend school and participate in extracurricular activities –including high school graduations and other end-of-year celebrations.
    4. Last week, the CDC expanded eligibility for boosters to include children ages 5 to 11.
  7. Graduation season is coming.
  8. discussed the importance of inclusion. A new LGBTQIA+ liaison position and work done by CARY.

Annual Sportsmanship Award

  • Present the 2022 Sportsmanship Cup Trophy to Hammond High School. Principal John DiPaula and Athletics Activities Manager Michael Lerner will accept the award for Hammond High School. Acknowledge Long Reach High School for first runner-up and Oakland Mills High School for second runner-up.

Music Educator of the Year Award

  • Winner: Mr. Joseph Fisher of Mount Hebron High School. Runup: Angela Pope from Thomas Viaduct MS

Policy 5200 Student Transportation 

North Columbia Fire Station Location Land Request

  • Approved with amendment

School Resource Officer Program MOU

Approved.

Recommendations for Final Exams and Midterms

HCPSS/Towson Para-to-Teacher Pathways Virtual Info Session, May 25

HCPSS/Towson Para-to-Teacher Pathways Virtual Info Session, May 25

HCPSS paraeducators who wish to pursue a teaching certificate and subsequently teach in HCPSS schools are invited to a virtual information session with HCPSS and Towson University. The program will be held this Wednesday, May 25 at 6 p.m. via Zoom.

If you have earned close to 60 undergraduate credits, an Associate of Arts or Associate of Arts in Teaching degree, the Towson Special Education Cohort #2 undergraduate program may be for you. This degree qualifies you to teach as a special educator in elementary or middle school. 

More information is available in the Para to Teachers Pathways Canvas community.

The Inclusion of Asian American Studies in Schools Becomes a Reality

Our new article is published at June 2022 Issue of American School Board Journal, an affiliate of National School Board Association. The link is:

https://www.nsba.org/ASBJ/2022/june/asian-american-studies

Our 2021 Article “AAPI History is American History”, published on American School Board Journal. The link is here:

AAPI History is American History | Dr. Chao Wu

Board Meeting Recap 2022-5-12

Superintendent Report

  • celebrated school nurses
  • 22 students graduated with associate degree, partnered with HCC.
  • For the next year, food service will come back to pre-covid model. It will be more diverse, even include Asian foods.
  • School will not close, although covid cases are increasing. HCPSS is working with the county health department to manage the situation.

Certification of Election of Student Member of the Board 

  • Congratulations to Abisola Ayoola to be next SMOB. I am looking forward to working with her.
  • Another SMOB candidate, Oliver Song, was elected to the president Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC) last night.

2021-2022 HCASC Report

  • Dhriti Vadlakonda, President, hcascpresident@gmail.com
  • Harshia Bhagat, Vice President
  • Shreya Dinesh, Second Vice President
  • Ashna Pandya, Corresponding Secretary
  • Allie Liu, Recording Secretary
  • Olivia Lewis, Chief of Staff
  • Christina Kodsi, Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Tamzid Razzaque, Parliamentarian
  • Peter Banyas, Student Member, Student_Member@hcpss.org
  • Cindy Drummond, Advisor, cindy_drummond@hcpss.org

Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) Chart Update

Policy (all were approved)

  • Policy 3040 Technology Security (Approved with amendment)
  • HCPSS Ethics Regulations
  • Policy 1050 Tobacco-Free Environment
  • Policy 9230 Alcohol, Other Drugs, Prescription Medication and Over the Counter Products
  •  Policy 9260 Student Search and Seizure
  •  Policy 9020 Students’ Rights and Responsibilities 

Public Hearing (no speakers today)

  • Policy 4050 Procurement of Goods and/or Services
  • Policy 6060 Community Improvement to School Sites or School Facilities 
Howard County Education Association (HCEA) – APPOINTMENT
  • staff absence due to quarantine, sprinkling classes

Mount View Middle School Start Time 2022 Fall Adjustment

Mount View Middle School start time will be moved to 8:00 AM to address the traffic concern in the fall 2022.

The analysis, efforts, and implementation changes over the previous years, have not produced results that eliminate the traffic and congestion. Prior to investing in a capital project, staff has been directed to adjust the start time for MVMS for the 2022-2023 school year from 7:40 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., increasing the gap between the two schools to a total of 35 minutes, potentially eliminating the community concerns.

2022 Columbia-Liyang Sister City Photography Contest,Light of Spring

Copied from Laura Smit’s Facebook Post. I want to let my friends who live in Columbia/Howard County know about a free photography contest that is happening in Columbia’s Sister City, Liyang, in China, that Columbia/Howard County residents are invited to participate in!

The theme is “Light of Spring”. Adult and youth photographers in Columbia/Howard County, both professional and amateur, may participate. They simply submit up to 3 photos to our Liyang sister city committee via email by May 20, and our photo contest coordinator will make sure they get to the Liyang Cultural Center in China that is hosting the Photo Contest.

Please see the description and rules for the “Light of Spring” photo contest below.

This is our first time with a virtual photography exchange/contest with our Sister City in China. It will be fun to share photos from our spring here in Columbia/Howard County with the residents and photographers of our Chinese Sister City. I know that a lot of you are great nature photographers who could easily participate in this. I have seen SO many of your lovely photos of spring scenes here on FB! Photos can be of anything related to spring. Awardees’ work will be printed and hung in the museum in Liyang in China.

Light of Spring Liyang, China Photo Contest Info and Rules

Purpose
➢ To encourage a photographic exchange between residents of the sister cities of
Columbia, Maryland, U.S.A. and Liyang, Jiangsu Province, China that illustrates the
the beauty of spring in our communities.

Organizers
➢ Liyang Cultural Center, China
➢ Columbia-Liyang Sister City Committee, U.S.

Eligible Participants
➢ Adult and youth photographers living in Columbia/Howard County. Both amateur and
professional photographers may participate.

How to participate
➢ The photos should be saved as Jpeg file and are to be submitted to
columbia_liyang@yahoo.com with the following information:
✓ Your name, contact number, email address and home street address.
✓ Title of photo
✓ Brief photo description (including location of photo taken, no more than 50
words)

Deadline
➢ All photos must be submitted to columbia_liyang@yahoo.com on or before May 20, 2022

Rules & Regulations
➢ Up to three (3) photos will be accepted from each photographer;
➢ The size of each photo (Jpeg file) should be between 2MB and 20MB.
➢ No limitation on photography category. It could be landscape, wildlife or portrait, as
long as it expresses the “Light of Spring” theme.
➢ The photo shall be not artificially framed and should not contain any text except the
signature and date;
➢ All photos must be original work, taken by the entrants. No third party may own or
control any materials the photo contains, and the photo must not infringe upon the
trademark, copyright, moral rights, intellectual rights, or rights of privacy of any entity
or person;
➢ Entries will be judged by the Liyang Cultural Center (LCC), China. All decisions are final.
The LCC reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is deemed inappropriate or does
not conform to stated contest rules.
➢ By submitting the photo(s), entrants agree that photo(s) submitted can be used by LCC
and Columbia-Liyang Sister City Committee for non-commercial advertising purposes.
➢ The winner will be contacted via the email address provided during entry.

Awards by Liyang Cultural Center
✓ 1st Place or Gold: 1 Award Winner
✓ 2nd Place or Silver: 2 Award Winners
✓ 3rd Place or Bronze: 3 Award Winners
✓ Excellence Award: 20 Award Winners
✓ All awarded photos will be displayed in the Liyang Museum for a month.

Disclaimer
By submitting your photo, you affirm and certify that you have read the contest
information and understand the rules to the best of your knowledge. You understand that
any misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of any facts called for in the submission
may render this submission void.

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Jun Han, Coordinator of Columbia-Liyang Sister City Committee Photo Contest
Cell: 202-288-8228; Email: columbia_liyang@yahoo.com

Guest Article: Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month by Amy Liao

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

By Amy Liao

The month of May was officially designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month under the George H. W. Bush administration with the passing of Public Law 102-540. The month of May was chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the Transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869.

Since the middle of the 19th century, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders charted their unique journey in American history. The multi-ethnic communities (from east and south Asian immigrants to the native Hawaiian and other Pacific islanders) endured many institutional discriminations such the infamous “Chinese Exclusion Act” in 1882 and the Japanese Encampment during World War II. Yet the AAPI communities thrived in this great nation that many times corrected paths and embraced differences into the melting pot.

Throughout the 180-year history, there were many AAPIs left their marks. From the 16-year-old Chinese immigrant Mabel Ping-Hua Lee who helped lead a 1912 Suffrage march, to Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu, honored by the US Postal Service by featuring in the Forever Stamps as the Manhattan project contributor and one of the most influential nuclear physicists in the 20th century. According to the Census Bureau, by 2019, there were more than 22 million residents in the US who identified as of AAPI origin or descents. This vibrant community has been weaved in every part of the American society, from Silicon valley big tech executives to the half a million business owners; from military service men and women to the doctors and nurses who fought in the frontline against Covid-19 and many others who are active contributors in the workforce of industries and government agencies.

This year, we celebrate AAPI heritage with a special highlight! On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, the US House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to study the creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American history and culture. Let’s all learn from history, embrace diversity, and build a bright future together.