The Council of Urban Professionals
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
The Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) connects, empowers, and mobilizes the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders. Founded in 2007, CUP is a 21st century leadership development organization with over 1,500 individual members, a national network of 20,000, and 65 corporate partners spanning the financial services, law, media & entertainment, digital & technology, healthcare, consumer packaged goods, and non-profit and public sectors. Through a series of forums, leadership development programs, and peer networks, CUP empowers aspiring diverse professionals to develop connections, opportunities, and expertise that best position them for top leadership positions, resulting in transformative impact on our communities.
July 23, 2013
“As discussed in our demographics report in April 2012, the Asian population remains the fastest growing in the City,” said Howard Shih, Census Programs Director at the Federation. “But to see the Asian American community as monolithic would be erroneous. The population numbers disguise the diversity of our population. With the upcoming City elections, term limits, and with many of the Council Districts slated for new representatives, we hope this will be a useful tool for the incoming City Council to better serve our Asian community,” added Shih.
Some of the key highlights from the briefing paper are:
- In addition to one majority Asian district, eleven other districts had more than one in five residents who were Asian.
- Four City Council Districts were home to a very diverse mix of Asian ethnic groups. Each of these districts had seven or more different Asian groups who each had populations of more than 1,000 people.
- The diversity of Asian languages spoken in the city is a particular challenge when reaching out to the community.
“This report is an invaluable tool that will serve to help elected officials better understand the growing Asian population in New York City,” said Council Member Daniel Dromm, who represents Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and East Elmhurst. Dromm’s district, one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the City, saw an increase of over 8,000 Asians in the total district population. “The data in this document provides key insight into my district that will enable me to better communicate and understand a vital part of my constituency”.
As the briefing paper points out, Council District 20, centered in Flushing, remains the district with the largest Asian population at 66% of the population. “While I represent the largest Asian population, it is important to note that Asians are living throughout the City. The myth that Asians live in identifiable enclaves [has] long been dispelled. Our city leaders have to be mindful of the diversity of the Asian community, from languages spoken to the cultural practices,” said Council Member Peter Koo. “The onus is on us – the elected leaders – to hear their issues, address their concerns, and make room for them to contribute to their neighborhoods,” added Koo.
Manhattan’s Chinatown still remains as a district with one of the largest Asian populations. “My constituency represents one of the largest populations of Asians and Asian Americans in New York City, and this report highlights what we already know: we must have greater service and resources in these growing communities,” said Council Member Margaret S. Chin, who represents the area. “Cultural understanding, linguistic access, and civic participation are essential keys to ensuring that these voices are heard.”
“The briefing paper shows our growing electoral strength. Asian New Yorkers can play a significant role in determining the next leaders of our city in the upcoming elections,” said Cao K. O, executive director of the Federation. “And our community must re-cast our importance in the city’s civic matters. We have to be willing to embrace this opportunity by going to the polls.”
To access the report, please visit: http://aafederation.org/headlines.asp?hid=141
We are excited to announce that the Council of Urban Professionals is launching New York’s Next Diverse Leaders, an effort to identify and promote talented cross-sector leaders for consideration in the forthcoming New York City mayoral administration.
Coming on the heels of similar successful efforts by CUP to identify and place leaders of color and women in President Obama’s Administration in 2008 and 2012, and in Governor Cuomo’s Administration in 2010, we are excited to announce our initiative to ensure the next Mayor of New York City has a diverse slate of candidates to consider for top public sector roles.
To submit your resumé for a range of public sector roles, as well as New York City boards and commissions, please click here. To be considered, resumes must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2013.
Feel free to circulate this message and the instructions for resumé submittal to your networks. Once our new Mayor has been elected we will schedule an information session via conference call with a municipal administration official, who will explain their internal process further and answer any questions.
Executive Director, Council of Urban Professionals
We are delighted that numerous Community Partners are helping us get the word out about “Iva: The Myth of Tokyo Rose – Allegiance on Trial,” opening on Thursday, May 16, at the Asia Society.
Please join us in recognizing and thanking our Community Sponsors:
A/P/A Institute, NYU
Asian American Federation
Asian American Journalists Association – NY
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC)
Chinese Progressive Association (CPA)
Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF)
Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA)
Debevoise & Plimpton
JAA (Japanese American Association of New York)
KALAGNY (Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater NY)
Kee & Lau-Kee
Kenyon & Kenyon
Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC)
Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York (KCS)
MuBANY (The Muslim Bar Association of New York)
New York Foundation for the Arts
New York State Bar Association
Project by Project
SABANY (South Asian Bar Association of New York)
Sullivan & Cromwell
Varghese & Associates, P.C.
White & Case
We also thank our grantors:
The New York Council for the Humanities
Minority Corporate Counsel Association
We thank Asia Society for use of their beautiful auditorium and facilities, and for all their kind assistance.
We thank all our donors for their generous contributions to the production.
Thanks to you all for helping to make this special APA Heritage Month event possible.
We look forward to seeing everyone at Asian Society on opening night!
We received the following update from Monica Cheng, Assistant Law Clerk to the Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan:
At its recent annual meeting of the National APA Judges (NAPABA Judicial Council) held in Washington D.C., Justice Doris Ling Cohan (Supreme Court, New York County) was re-elected President, Judge Denny Chin (2nd Cir. Court of Appeals) was re-elected Treasurer, and Judge Marilyn Go (Magistrate Judge, EDNY) was elected Secretary. Their dinner was hosted by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court, at which she did a short program with Hon. Goodwin Liu (Associate Justice, CA Supreme Court), her former law clerk.
Congratulations to the Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, the Hon. Denny Chin and the Hon. Marilyn Go.