OCA-Asian Pacific Advocates National

OCA-Asian Pacific Advocates National

Founded in 1973, OCA–Asian Pacific American Advocates is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit, membership-driven organization based in Washington, D.C. with over 50 chapters and affiliates around the country. Touching hundreds of thousands of AAPIs each year, OCA works with its organizational partners, members, chapters, and supporters to empower the next generation

OCA-Asian Pacific Advocates National

Founded in 1973, OCA–Asian Pacific American Advocates is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit, membership-driven organization based in Washington, D.C. with over 50 chapters and affiliates around the country. Touching hundreds of thousands of AAPIs each year, OCA works with its organizational partners, members, chapters, and supporters to empower the next generation of leaders by advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of AAPIs.

About the Organization:

Founded in 1973, OCA–Asian Pacific American Advocates is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit, membership-driven organization based in Washington, D.C. with over 50 chapters and affiliates around the country. Touching hundreds of thousands of AAPIs each year, OCA works with its organizational partners, members, chapters, and supporters to empower the next generation of leaders by advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of AAPIs.

organizational budget

$1 MILLION - $2 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

The Issue:

AAPI history is largely excluded from K-12 curriculum across the U.S. and no centralized database of curricula, materials, or standards currently exists. When AAPI history is taught, no universal standards govern how much or which content is included, leading to a continued erasure of our stories and histories from schools. At the same time, we are currently experiencing a resurgence of anti-Asian hate crimes across the country, perpetrating the narrative that AAPIs are "perpetual foreigners" who do not belong in this country and never have, with damaging effects on our physical safety, mental health and wellbeing, and self-esteem. The 2021 mass attacks on AAPIs in Atlanta and Indianapolis were further trivialized by the media, serving as a painful reminder that even in our darkest moments, our lives, experiences, and struggles are not as valued or seen as fully American. We must fight for our right as AAPIs to be seen.

The Solution:

The K-12 AAPI Curriculum Project will create a national database of AAPI curriculum that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive in its treatment of AAPI history. Once the database is formalized, OCA will work with its local chapters, along with leading student and educator organizations, to get these resources into K-12 classrooms nationwide. Our hope is that education as a tool promotes understanding, builds mutual understanding of shared struggles, and fosters empathy towards those not part of the dominant group - serving as a protective layer against the ignorance and scapegoating that accompany hate crimes. This project will apply a grassroots-oriented, community-centered approach by incorporating input and participation from those most likely to be impacted by a K-12 AAPI curriculum: students and teachers. Rather than seeing them as only beneficiaries, we aim to center their voices and experiences both in curriculum development as well as advocacy and outreach efforts.

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