About Us

The mission of AAAI is to inspire central Indiana Asian Americans to serve and lead.  On March 4, 1999, twenty-five people representing fifteen Asian American organizations in Indiana attended a dinner meeting hosted by Albert Chen.  As the Asian American and Pacific Islander population in central Indiana increased to over 40,000, the community leaders saw a need to mobilize this growing community and to inspire them to contribute their time, treasure, and talents to improving their communities...

Since its formation, AAAI's board, staff and members have participated in Diversity Councils for Mayor Bart Peterson and Mayor Greg Ballard.  In addition, they have participated in the planning of Governor Mitch Daniel's Multi-Ethnic Diversity Summit.  AAAI routinely responds to calls from businesses, educational organizations, and nonprofit and government organizations recruiting volunteers, requesting that members serve on various community boards, asking for members to fulfill speaking engagements, and requesting participation in festivals and other community events.  AAAI also fulfills its mission through a series of programs that increase awareness of the Asian American culture and build the leadership skills of Asian American professionals.  AAAI's Programs include:  (1) collegiate scholarships for students from Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and students from central Indiana of Asian descent; (2) "Race for All Races," a 5K run and walk and one-mile family walk to celebrates diversity and inclusion; (3) Asian Summit, a half-day summit to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Asian Americans in central Indiana; (4) Asia Fest, a celebration of Asian American culture and heritage at Garfield Park; and (5) "cAtAlyst," a leadership development program for Asian American professionals.

AAAI also provides networking, volunteering and professional development opportunities to its more than 500 members.



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