ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball is seeking applicants interested in serving on the newly established Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Commission. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 18, 2022.

Our Asian American Pacific Islander community serves a vital role in contributing to the cultural vibrancy that makes our county one of the most attractive locations to live, work, grow and play in our country. By establishing this Commission I wanted to further builds upon my commitment of fostering stronger relationships and ensuring our AAPI community feels safe, respected and treated with the dignity that we all deserve.

Calvin Ball
Howard County Executive

Comprised of a minimum of 17 members, with a maximum of 25 members, the Commission will organize, educate and mobilize the AAPI community through coalition building and coordinate with individuals, groups, organizations and businesses. They will provide an annual report to both the County Executive and County Council identifying best practices to include and affirm members of the AAPI community; policy and programs that advance health, business, safety, education and workforce development; policy and programs impacting Howard County including intercultural education, inclusion, belonging, government outreach and access; and improve outcomes for underserved and at-risk segments of the AAPI population. The Commission will also support, plan and execute programs, events and initiatives to celebrate and affirm the AAPI community. 

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be Howard County residents 18 years of age or older, represent the AAPI community and be able to attend the commission meetings. The meeting dates and times will be established at the inaugural meeting. Specific member qualifications include: at least one business representative; at least one representative from the health care provider community; at least one representative from the early childhood, education, or workforce development industry; at least three (3) from various nonprofits that serve the AAPI community; at least three (3) Howard County residents from the AAPI community; at least one high school student and at least one student who resides in Howard County and attends a college, university or trade school. 

Applicants should send a resume and brief letter explaining why they want to serve on the Commission to Kimberly Pruim either by email to [email protected] or by mail to: Howard County Government, Office of the County Executive, Attn: Kimberly Pruim, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. When applying, applicants should include which member qualification(s) criteria they meet. The names of eligible applicants will be submitted to the County Executive for approval and then to the County Council for confirmation. 

For more information about the Asian American Pacific Islander Commission, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/OHRE or call the County’s Office of Human Rights and Equity at 410-313-6430.

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