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Building AAPI Inclusion in Federal Policy

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) have long faced challenges to achieving belonging, safety, and equity in the US, but the intensification of anti-Asian sentiment in the US in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic calls for greater attention to this issue. As the nation reckons with systemic racism, a new window has opened to understand and meet the diverse needs of AAPI communities through federal policy.  

To mark the launch of The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) and build on new Urban Institute research sponsored by TAAF on AAPI organizations, please join the Urban Institute and TAAF for the next installment in Urban’s conversation series, Evidence to Action. Urban President Sarah Wartell will moderate a panel discussion about strategies for targeting federal programs to meet the needs of AAPI communities and increasing AAPI visibility in federal data.



  • Neel Kashkari, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis @neelkashkari
  • Sonal Shah, President, The Asian American Foundation @SonalRShah @taaforg
  • Maria Torres-Springer, Vice President, US Programs, Ford Foundation @MTorresSpringer
  • Paul Watanabe, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Asian American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston @UMassBoston
  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute @swartell





Evidence to Action Series

The Evidence to Action conversation series elevates the voices of leaders and changemakers responding to, recovering from, and building resilience during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The Urban Institute was built for this moment. We answer tough questions with unbiased, rigorous research and evidence-based solutions. For 50 years, we have studied what it takes to strengthen social safety net programs, dismantle structural racism, protect workers and families, and build community resilience. Using advanced analytics, data science, technology, and decades of expertise, we equip changemakers with the facts and insights they need to accelerate solutions.


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.


Date & Time Wednesday, July 14, 2021

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