Sahay Appointed to Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs
Posted: December 18, 2017
Gov. Tom Wolf has appointed Gannon University Associate
Professor of Political Science and International Studies Anjali
Sahay, Ph.D., to the Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian
Pacific American Affairs.
Sahay was sworn in during a ceremony on Dec. 13 in Harrisburg.
Her appointment runs from 2018 through 2020.
"I am really honored to be selected for this position and work
with other commissioners to advance the issues important to the
local Asian Pacific American communities," Sahay said.
As commissioner, Sahay will act as a liaison between the Asian
American and Pacific Islander communities and legislators and other
decision-makers, working to ensure that the government is
responsive to the communities' needs. She will focus particularly
on Erie's Asian American and Pacific Islander population, serving
as a goodwill ambassador and a spokesperson for the Commission.
"As commissioner I hope to serve on several sub-committees on
the commission such as 'Schools that Teach' and promote awareness
of the challenges that face the AAPI communities in Pennsylvania,
as well as work towards organizing town halls for a better
understanding of the incredible diversity within our community and
the needs of the AAPI communities as they write to recommend policy
to the state government," Sahay said
About the Commission:
The Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American
Affairs was created by Executive Order and consists of
Commissioners that have been appointed by Governor Tom Wolf.
GACAPAA is responsible for advising Governor Wolf on policies,
procedures, and legislation that have an impact on the diverse
Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in
Pennsylvania. The Commission also serves as a liaison to federal,
state and local agencies to ensure that services affecting AAPIs
are effectively utilized and promoted. It is a resource for
community groups and provides forums for developing strategies and
programs that expand and enhance the civic, social, education,
cultural and economic status of the AAPI communities. The
Commission identifies programs, scholarships, mentoring programs,
and resource for the benefit and advancement of AAPIs. The
Commission also advocates for policies and legislation that serve
the best interests of AAPIs in Pennsylvania