October 6, 2016

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WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday, October 7, 2016, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which is housed within the U.S. Department of Education, and the University of California, Riverside ( will host ELEVATE: AAPI Data Challenge and ConveningELEVATE will showcase innovative approaches in analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data about the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community from federal government agencies and selected submitters to the data challenge.

“Data are key to understanding the diverse needs within the broad AAPI community,” said Doua Thor, executive director of the Initiative. “We are excited to showcase some of the insightful and inspiring projects by our talented submitters and hear from our federal agency partners whose hard work on data is improving the quality of life for AAPIs.”

At the ELEVATE convening, nearly 100 representatives from federal government agencies, vendors, think tanks, and academia will discuss the importance of data and how they use data to improve outcomes in areas including education, workforce diversity, health, business development, and civic participation.

Federal government representation will include the Department of Justice, Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Management and Budget, and the Initiative. They will present federal accomplishments on improving AAPI data collection in areas including health, housing, workforce, and civil rights. The Office of Management and Budget’s recent Federal Register Notice advising the public of the launch of its periodic review of Federal standards for maintaining, collecting, and presenting federal data on race and ethnicity will also be highlighted.

At the convening, the Initiative and will also welcome presentations from individuals whose project submissions were selected in response to the ELEVATE data challenge. The selected presenters will address issues affecting the AAPI community in areas such as education, health, workforce, aging, and language access. The submissions will be available online at

“It’s been heartening to see the advancements made in data collection on AAPIs,” added Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate dean of the University of California, Riverside School of Public Policy, and founder of “We now have an opportunity to see how people use the data to help inform and shape policies. We are welcoming people from a new generation and from various stages, from a high school student and graduate students, to researchers and those in the private sector and nonprofits.”

Since 2009, the Initiative has aimed to encourage data collection, dissemination, and disaggregation among federal agencies, state and local partners, researchers, and policy advocates, promoting effective practices to generate more granular data on AAPI communities.


Friday, October 7, 2016

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Department of Transportation

1200 New Jersey Ave. SE

Washington, D.C. 20590

Media interested in covering the event should RSVP to


For more information on the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is housed within the Department of Education.