City leaders hope to create an Asian Affairs Commission in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
According to 2News Oklahoma, the City of Tulsa’s Office for Resilience and Equity announced Tuesday that it had added an Asian Affairs Commission to its Title V Commissions.
A measure proposing the commission will soon go before the city council. If the measure is approved, the commission can begin meeting in January, 9 News reports.
“Tulsa’s Asian community has grown more than 50% in the last 10 years, with 26 Asian countries represented at our naturalization ceremonies since we started hosting them in 2019,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said in a press release. “We are extremely proud our immigrant community in Tulsa and are eager to have the Asian American Affairs Commission join our other Title V Commissions.”
According to a press release from the City of Tulsa, the commission will focus on:
- Workforce/Economic Development
- Research/Data Collection
- Community Development
- Civic Engagement
It will be made up of the following members:
- 3 appointees from the 3 largest Asian populations in Tulsa
- 1 member will have experience in education (K-12 or Higher Education)
- 1 member will be a community leader
- 1 member will be a business owner, leader, or entrepreneur
- 1 member will have experience in the field of policy or immigration law
- 1 member will be a public health advocate
- 7 members will be at large
Asian American leaders hope that the commission will provide resources for immigrant and refugee communities.
“The creation of the Asian American Affairs Commission will strengthen representation of Asian immigrant and refugee communities in our city,” said Nem Lun, the City’s Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Manager said in a press release. “Having community leaders on committees such as this creates opportunities and encourages participation and engagement in city government.”
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