Reduce cultural and language barriers that hinder AAPI and other communities from accessing services and programs during disaster response and post-disaster recovery.
Department of Homeland Security
Expand workforce diversity outreach to key AAPI organizations and affinity groups by developing targeted strategies to build more diverse applicant pools, including outreach to AAPI/NHPIs for key DHS-wide professional development programs.
DHS will invite WHIAAPI to brief the DHS Public Affairs teams on best practices for communication with AAPI communities.
Enhance student and recent graduate employment programs and expand strategic relationships with key institutions of higher education by partnering with the DHS Office of Academic Engagement to explore strategic relationships with institutions of higher education with significant AAPI/NHPI student enrollment or with the Asian American and Pacific Islander Association of Colleges and Universities (APIACU).
Develop a targeted recruitment strategy to promote public service, eliminate barriers to employment, and ensure outreach to diverse communities, including the AAPI community by developing targeted strategies to increase outreach to AAPI/NHPIs, particularly for executive positions and mission critical occupations.
Identify existing agency programs that disaggregate data.
Strengthen relationship and improve communication and coordination with the Native Hawaiian community by developing consultation policy with the Native Hawaiian community.
Develop language to promote engaging diverse communities, including AAPIs, in appropriate DHS grant opportunities.
Develop plan to support greater AAPI access to programs and services.
Review internal and external data disaggregation practices and explore potential for replication of best practices and systems.
Build relationships between DHS contracting representatives and AAPI communities to increase awareness of agency contract and procurement opportunities.
Utilize qualified multilingual employees for translation and interpretation purposes in appropriate situations by reporting on methods for assessing multilingual employees and plans for how and when they can be used and shared within the agency to provide language services.
Develop strategic engagement with philanthropic and private sector stakeholders in order to facilitate alignment or partnerships for the AAPI community by holding national or regional-level meetings between the private sector (such as philanthropy) and DHS leadership to discuss potential partnerships that positively impact the AAPI communities.
Promote diversity and inclusion of AAPIs in DHS-wide leadership development programs by providing leadership training, career development, and mentoring opportunities to all DHS personnel.
Ensure efficacy of Limited English Proficient (LEP) programs throughout the agency, with reference to AAPI languages by conducting evaluation of existing LEP programs/ resources with community and stakeholder groups and act on areas for improvement or corrective action.