Zoom Webinar
6-7:30pm ET


  • Start: 2023-03-30
  • Cost: FREE

This event is part of our Critical Minds series to be held March 30, 6-7:30 pm ET on Zoom Webinar and will be recorded shared in Programs & Webinars.

The Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community is as diverse as it is large. The panelists at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum will be addressing how they organize the AAPI community by changing narratives surrounding the community. We will be tackling the model minority myth, leveraging our self-interest, and our hope for the future of AAPI political power.

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Jennifer Gonzalez (she/her) is a 20-year Air Force veteran. She earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2021. She has leadership and resource management experience within the military healthcare delivery system at the stateside hospital and international clinic-level operations. Her military service provided her with diverse opportunities in managing financial/human capital budgets, facility management, contract management, patient administration, project implementation, program management, and staff models for multiple product lines as a healthcare administrator. Upon retirement, she began getting involved with social change movements coordinated by organizations such as Black Lives Matter, Women’s March, and Florida For All. She is also an active member of The National Asian-Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF).

Othelia Jumapao (they/them) is a queer Filipinx American and works as the Organizer of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum Florida chapter. They first began their social justice journey in 2017 when they interned with the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies in the office of Representative Darren Soto. After graduating, they became a Seeding Change fellow and was based in North Carolina at North Carolina Asian Americans Together working on youth leadership development for Asian American youth. They also organize with Malaya Florida outside of work as their Program Coordinator to support national campaigns that advocate for the national sovereignty of the Philippines. Othelia is passionate about education, reproductive justice, and disability justice.

May Thach (she/her) is a 1.5 generation immigrant. She is currently the Organizing Manager of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum Florida chapter. She is proud of her Khmer-Krom heritage and started her community organizing journey in high school when she and her group of friends started their own youth group educating and celebrating their Cambodian heritage in the Tampa Bay area. After graduating, she joined the Peace Corps where she was able to further educate folks on the Asian American experience. Upon completing her service, she attended graduate school in San Diego and volunteered with Viet Vote, a non-profit promoting political education and engagement within the Vietnamese community in the city. May is passionate about building power among our AAPI gender marginalized community.

The Critical Minds series explores diverse perspectives to expand your knowledge. The content of this series provides information and an opportunity for dialogue on topics that may be of interest to the humanist community. Speakers are engaged for their knowledge and expertise on the topics covered in the series. The speakers’ views are not necessarily aligned with the AHA, its members, or the humanist community.