May 4, 2001

Congressman spotlights Asian contributions to government

Congressman Robert Underwood of Guam will present "Celebrating the Contributions of Asian Pacific Americans in Federal Government" from 10-11 a.m. Monday, May 7, in the Bldg. 123 auditorium.

Underwood has taken leadership on issues important to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. For the 106th Congress, he served as chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific Caucus and is still currently active within the caucus. He has held briefings on health issues, racial profiling at the Department of Energy labs and the educational conditions of the national Asian Pacific American community.

His leadership has led to the inclusion of Pacific Islanders and permanent legal residents in the Gates Millennium Scholarship program, renewed attention to the Asian Pacific American community by the College Board and was instrumental in the formation of the President’s Council on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Following an impressive career as an educator, beginning as a high school teacher in 1972 and culminating with the academic vice presidency of Guam’s university, Underwood was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992.

The Asian Pacific American Heritage Month presentation is sponsored by the Affirmative Action and Diversity Program (AADP) and the Asian Pacific American Council. All employees are invited to attend.

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