ASIAN AMERICAN RESOURCE WORKSHOP INC

Dorchester, MA   |  www.aarw.org

Mission

The mission of the Asian American Resource Workshop is to work for the empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community to achieve its full participation in U.S. society.  We are a member-based organization that seeks to document the diverse Asian Pacific American histories, experiences, and social conditions. Our resources and activities are used to respond to current Asian Pacific American issues and to promote Asian Pacific American identity.

Ruling year info

1980

Executive Director

Carolyn Chou

Main address

42 Charles Street, Suite D

Dorchester, MA 022122 USA

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EIN

04-2707980

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Our programs

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Activist Training Institute

This leadership development program develops the next generation of young adult Asian American activists by building political analysis and organizing skills through a social justice lens

Population(s) Served

This program empowers Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. Year-round programs provide a constant opportunity to educate, interact, and engage the Greater Boston community with content relevant to Asian American community and culture.

Population(s) Served

This leadership development initiative for Vietnamese young adults mobilizes the Vietnamese community in Dorchester to become more civically engaged in issues affecting their lives.

Population(s) Served

Anti-racist education from an Asian American perspective – through interactive workshops, participants look at events in Asian American history to explore systemic models of racism, sexism and gender oppression.

Population(s) Served

Group of Asian American writers that come together monthly to participate in writing exercises and group lessons with the purpose of exploring Asian American identity through the medium of pen and paper

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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AARW serves a unique space within the Asian American community - promoting Asian American identity and empowerment, particularly for those most in need. With all of AARW's programs, AARW seeks to have the following impacts on program participants:
• Increased knowledge of Asian American history
• Increased awareness of issues facing Asian American communities
• Increased understanding of individual Asian American identity
• Increased sense of community with the Asian American community

AARW has structured its programs and services to allow continual involvement and development of individuals along the self-identity spectrum for Asian Americans, working towards the following long-term impacts:
• Increased civic engagement participation in Asian American community
• Increased leadership capacity within Asian American community

In order to achieve the goals that AARW has, it uses community engagement to lift up the often overlooked Asian American community in Greater Boston. AARW engages roughly 1,000 individuals each year through arts, culture, & education programming. For those ready to deepen their involvement with Asian American issues and identity, we provide opportunities to develop leadership & bolster political analysis. Once participants strengthen their individual skills, they are empowered to help lift up the rest of the Asian American community by participating in civic engagement campaigns that work to raise awareness and address shared community issues within the Asian American community-at-large.

Since 1979, AARW has relied on strong organizational leadership who hold strong and direct ties to affected Asian American communities, allowing AARW to directly involve those most affected by the issues. AARW's diversity in its membership and organizational leadership is one of its greatest assets in creating change.

Since 1979, AARW has:
- Actively worked with local groups on issues such as Secure Communities and the DREAM Act
- Initiated the Asian Pacific American Agenda Coalition (APAAC)
- Helped launch the Chinatown Voter Education/Registration Project
- Played a key role in the Coalition to Protect Parcel C for Chinatown
- Published the first Massachusetts Asian Pacific American Directory
- Developed a Southeast Asian Studies curriculum for local schools
- Held the first Boston area exhibition of Asian American artists
- Produced numerous social justice documentary films and research reports
- Published the Asian American Comic Book
- Started the SafetyNet Hate Violence Prevention Project to aid victims of anti-Asian violence

The biggest challenge and the greatest opportunity that lies before the Asian American community is developing a strong, unified Asian American identity that can encompass the diversity and experiences of the different Asian American ethnicities. AARW is excited to be working on this issue, and sees the potential for success around this work.

Financials

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ASIAN AMERICAN RESOURCE WORKSHOP INC

Board of directors
as of 12/30/2019
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Board chair

Nam Le

Somy Kim

Laura Knuttunen

Anisha Asundi

MyDzung Chu

Shristi Pant

Wayne Yeh

Uma Venkatraman

Celina Lee

Shiliu Wang

Kimberly Situ

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes