Revitalizing the City of Lowell through Cultural Enrichment and Community LeadershipSponsoring Partner: Theodore Edson Parker Foundation and Greater Lowell Community Foundation
- Guest speaker: Paul Watanabe PhD, Director of the Institute for Asian American Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston
- Featured Innovator: The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell
Dr. Paul Watanabe is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Paul recently stepped down as Chair of the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations. He currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund; a member of the Advisory Board of the New Americans Integration Institute; and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Harry H. Dow Memorial Legal Assistance Fund. He is the author of Ethnic Groups, Congress, and American Foreign Policy and principal author of A Dream Deferred: Changing Demographics, New Opportunities, and Challenges for Boston. His scholarly articles have appeared in AAPI-Nexus Journal; Asian American Law Journal; Asian American Policy Review; Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing; Business in the Contemporary World; Journal of American College Health; New England Journal of Public Policy; Political Psychology; PS: Political Science and Politics; Public Perspective; Western New England Law Review; and World Today. He regularly contributes analysis and commentary to national and local media. Paul received his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Utah and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University.
The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell provides services, programs, and opportunities to advance the quality of life for Cambodian Americans and other ethnic minority groups.