OCA Utah is a chapter of OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates which is a non-profit organization dedicate to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States with goals to advocate for social justice, equal opportunity, and fair treatment; to promote civic participation, education, and leadership; to advance coalitions and community building and to foster cultural heritage; OCA aims to embrace the hopes and aspirations of Asian Pacific Americans by engaged in organizing its 80 chapters to develop both leadership and community involvement.
​​OCA Utah is involved with supporting Children activities at the Annual Asian Festival, Community Service Projects, developing Scholarship Program for college students in the Asian Community, OCA Utah Annual Golden Spike Reenactment and Celebration, OCA Utah Summer Picnic and Annual Community Award Banquet.  Our events provide lots of opportunities for sponsors to expose themselves to the Asian Community.  It also creates leads for business by working together with our members.

For more, see What We Do

Our History

Founded in 1998, OCA - Utah or UOCA as we are sometimes known, quickly became a community leader in the fight for equity and social justice.  Created in the wake of the denial of the U.S. Senate to hold confirmation hearings for Bill Lann Lee, an appointee to the office of Assistant U.S. Attorney General for Civil Rights, OCA - Utah partnered with several community organizations and individuals to form the Utah Coalition for Justice.  As a founding member of UCJ, OCA - Utah led the fight for confirmation for Mr. Lee, opposed overburdensome licensing requirements on Asian owned nail salons, fought for fairness in licensing acupunture medicine technicians and opposed racial stereotypes in television advertising by local businesses.

As community needs grew, so did OCA - Utah expanding its programs and events to include leadership development, civic engagement, voter education, voter registration, professional development and academic scholarships.  We held health fairs for the community, organized food drives, packed food boxes at the Utah Food Bank, organized medical supplies to be used in impoverished nations and disaster stricken communities, and raised funds to support other local community organizations.
  1. Hon. Michael Kwan
    Founder & Adviser of the Board
  2. Lola Akeripa
    I hope to award 5 - $1000 scholarships this year, build stronger relationships with the various APA organizations, hold various workshops on matters that pertain to our community such as immigration, education, & political issues, & update our chapter membership.
  3. Emilio Camu
  4. Verona Mauga
    Immediate Past President
  5. FeliAnne Hipol
  6. Lita Salgato
  7. Anapesi Kaili
  8. Edward Lee
    Edward is an aspiring physician who graduated from the U. Growing up in Taiwan, he enjoys spending his free time introducing Taiwanese and Chinese cultures to the state of Utah.
  9. Dr. Jimmy Chen
    Jimmy, professor in Computer Science received his doctorate in 1991, was the Keynote Speaker for the 148th Golden Spike Anniversary Celebration. As an awardee from National Science Foundation, he has been serving as Caucus Judge and Grand Awards Judge for University of Utah Science and Engineering Fair, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and College Board AP Computer Science. Jimmy is Utah Advisor of Overseas Community Affairs Council, ROC (Taiwan). He is also a Hall of Fame member of the International Society of Photographers and an Official of US Ski & Snowboard Association. Professor Chen has been serving as OCA Utah Board of Director since 2011.
  10. Dr. Jaimee Yang
  11. Dr. Clement Chow
  12. Lei Hu
  13. Dr. Karen Kwan
    Founder & Adviser of the Board
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