Christina Lagdameo Receives Prestigious Award from AAUW, NASPAJune 02, 2010
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Deputy at White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders Has Long Focused on Empowering People of Color, Women
WASHINGTON — Christina Lagdameo, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, will receive the prestigious AAUW/NASPA Women of Distinction Award at the 2010 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL). This year’s ceremony, which will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park, on Thursday, June 3, marks the 25th anniversary of the conference.
The 2010 Women of Distinction Awards pay tribute to leaders who have made extraordinary contributions in their professions or in their communities. In addition to Lagdameo, the following individuals will be honored:
- Dorothy Height (in memoriam), chair and president emerita, National Council of Negro Women
- Patti Solis Doyle, partner, Utrecht & Phillips, a Washington, D.C., law firm,and first Hispanic woman to run a major U.S. presidential campaign
- Marie Tillman, founder and chair of the Pat Tillman Foundation
- Nomfundo Walaza, chief executive officer, Desmond Tutu Peace Centre in Cape Town, South Africa
Lagdameo and the other 2010 Women of Distinction honorees join a prestigious group of more than 100 women who have been celebrated in conjunction with the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders since the inception of the conference in 1985.
Working to Empower Minorities
Long committed to the social, economic, and political empowerment of marginalized communities, including low-income individuals, women, and youth, Lagdameo worked for the White House Office of Management and Budget from 2000 to 2007. During that time she examined more than $45 billion in federal income support programs, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, Refugee Resettlement, and issues relating to asset poverty. Before her April 2010 appointment as deputy director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for the Obama administration, where she works to improve the quality of life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Lagdameo worked in India for an organization that rescues and rehabilitates women and children survivors of sex trafficking. She also has worked with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris on an e-government financing project.
Lagdameo has mentored girls through programs such as the Asian American LEAD program, a nonprofit for Vietnamese refugees, and the New York City-based “I Have a Dream” program. She was formerly chair of the national board for the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, the only multi-issue, progressive, community organizing, and policy advocacy organization for Asian and Pacific Islander women and girls in the United States.
As an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, Lagdameo led a successful campaign to establish the first Asian American studies program in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and later received one of the first Asian American studies certificates from the school. In 1998, she was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, the national Leadership Honor Society, and in 2008, she received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from the University of Maryland, College Park, for distinguishing herself as a young graduate both personally and professionally.
A Woodrow Wilson Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow and a Presidential Management Fellow, Lagdameo received her master’s degree in urban policy from the New School for Social Research in New York City.
2010 NCCWSL Events and Sponsors
As part of this year’s 25th anniversary celebration of the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders and its awards program, a special reception will be held for this year’s honorees. Several past honorees will attend this celebration, including Amy Richards, Soapbox: Speakers Who Speak Out, Inc.; Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught, USAF, and president, Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc.; and Dorothy Gilliam, founder and director of the Prime Movers Media Program at the School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University.
The Ruth Z. Sweetser Honorary Fund and Prudential are platinum sponsors of the 2010 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. Other conference sponsors include the University of Maryland, College Park, and The Princeton Review.
Since 1985, the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders has provided a platform to help thousands of college and university women to develop leadership skills, network with other student leaders, and interact with women who hold leadership positions. The conference is presented each June by AAUW and NASPA.