Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • Sat, January 05, 2019
    • Sat, December 07, 2019
    • 12 sessions


    We provide legal permanent residents (green card holders) with almost everything you need to apply for citizenship, including one-on-one consultations with immigration specialists and attorneys.   

    Citizenship Applicants please bring:

    • Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) 
    • All men bring a copy of I-94 (Arrival-Departure Record Card from entry into the US)
    • Social Security Card
    • Driver's License or State Identification Card
    • Passport (Current and Previous Passports)
    • Birth Certificate

    * If divorced please bring your former spouse(s) information: date of divorce, marriage, birthday, citizenship status and full name

    ** Have the last 5 years of school, residence and employment including start and end dates, job titles, and address. 

    If you have ever had a traffic ticket, even a past ticket, you will need to get a certified disposition letter which will detail each of your old tickets and what the outcome was from the County Courthouse where you received the ticket. This is mandatory.

    You will also need to get a letter about your current status and that you do not have any pending tickets against you. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via email or by phone. Information listed below.

    1st Saturday each month | 9:30 a.m.—12 noon| HOPE Clinic, 7001 Corporate Dr., #120

    Help immigrants apply for citizenship! We will provide lunch.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact to confirm.

    Contact:

    Aarica Chambers
    aarica.chambers@ocahouston.org
    (281) 968-9131 (Text is best)


    • Thu, June 27, 2019
    • Sun, June 30, 2019
    • Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briar Park Dr, Houston, Texas 77042


    The OCA National Convention brings together students, working professionals, thought leaders, and community members of all generations for three days of workshops, activities, and plenaries.

    Join us in Houston, TX for advocacy and campaign organizing trainings, discussions on implicit bias in the workforce and professional development, affirmative action, data privacy, and many more topics!

    For tickets and workshop details, visit www.ocanationalconvention.org 

    Register now!
    https://ocanationalconvention.org/registration

    • Thu, June 27, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • Fri, June 28, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Dr, Houston, TX 77042


    The OCA National Convention Youth Track is a two-day track that is for middle school to high school aged students to learn about advocacy, leadership, and identity. Students learn valuable skills that can be applied to their future education and leadership in the community as an AAPI. This year, we welcome students from across the region for a hands-on training with experienced national professional facilitators. The Youth Track sessions run from 9 am - 5 pm on Thursday, June 27th and Friday, June 28th and are free and open to the public. RSVP here!

    • Thu, June 27, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briar Park Dr, Houston, TX 77042

    This session is for those members of OCA Chapters who are focused on developing and growing their chapters. It is highly recommended that active board members or chapter members, who will be organizing local efforts for the 2020 Census and GOTV, to attend. Register here!


    SCHEDULE

    10:00 - 11:30 AM

    Programs Development: Citizenship, Youth, Films

    Room: BRIARPARK 123

    Hear from OCA program coordinators as they share the programs they have created nationally and locally. Andrew Lo, our Youth Program Manager, and Melodie Lew, who manages the Speak and Lead program from OCA-San Mateo, will discuss ways you can implement youth programs into your chapter.

    Tips for Nonprofit Financial Success

    Room: RICHMOND 23

    Learning objectives:

    1) Understand accounting issues specific to nonprofit organizations,

    2) Discuss key pieces of financial information that (should) matter most to nonprofit leaders, and

    3) Review the monthly and yearly things to do to satisfy financial responsibilities of non- profits.

    Speaker: Teresa Henderson

    11:30 - 12:15 PM

    Chapter Surveys: Do You Know Your Membership? (Working Lunch)

    Room: Briarpark 123

    Greg Jung, the OCA VP of Membership Services, will discuss OCA National's plans on introducing surveys for our chapters. These surveys are intended to gather information and data on our membership demographics and how chapters can use this information to plan ways to further engage their membership.

    12:30 - 1:45 PM

    Grant Writing Funds Development

    Room: Briarpark 123

    How can chapters build capacity and introduce programs to their members? More funding! Hear from fundraising experts and how they have found and applied for grants for their local organizations. We will focus on the specifics of grants and how chapters should focus their applications on already planned programs/development projects.

    Speakers: John Stuart, Development Director

    Virginia Ng, VP of Finance, OCA Executive Council

    12:30 - 1:30 PM

    Voting Laws and Nonpartisan Civic Engagement

    Room: Richmond 23

    This training for will cover best practices and things to think about for your voter registra tion, GOTV, and voter education activities, as well as particular issues faced by AAPI voters, particularly in the context of language barriers for voters with limited English proficiency. It will review areas where you need to know the legal requirements in your state for voter registration and voting, including how to vote – i.e. in person, early, or by mail, so you can educate your communities and get them out to the polls. The training will also review some best practices for appropriate 501c3 civic engagement.

    Speaker: Michelle Kanter Cohen, Fair Elections Center

    1:45 - 5:30 PM

    State Voices VAN Training

    Room: Richmond 23

    For anyone who wants to run an organizing, direct voter contact, or Get Out The Vote Campaign, then knowing how to use and manage data are critical to success! Bring your laptop and join us for this hands on training of what is VAN and how to use it more effectively. Create Lists, Map Turf, Building Scripts, Walk Lists, Data, and Reporting. Better utilize limited resources with targeting.

    Speaker: Sarah Vernon, State Voices

    2:00 - 3:30 PM

    Non-Profit Governance and Organizational Behavior: the roles of the CEO/ED and the Board Chair

    Room: Briarpark 123

    Learn the best practices of board governance and organizational ethics to help your nonprofit develop the foundations needed to strategically plan for a financially and programmatically strong organization.

    Speaker: Elliot Gershenson and Andy Hoffman, Gershenson Consulting, LLC

    3:45 - 5:30 PM

    Affirmative Action (Chapters Only)

    Affirmative Action has been a cornerstone civil rights program for the advancement of Asian Americans and women in higher education. Despite its benefits and a majority of Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) supporting these programs, some Asian Americans argue that affirmative action discriminates against Chinese students from getting into Ivy League schools. In this convening, invited guests will join OCA to better understand anti-affirmative action efforts and develop a national strategy to combat such efforts. This is closed session for OCA members only.

    2:30 - 5:30 PM

    Media Training (Chapters & Invite Only)

    Room: Westchase 12

    As advocates who get called on by media or as advocates who reach out to media, it is imperative that organizations and their staff/volunteers understand how to communicate with media effectively to clearly convey messages and maintain consistency of the dialogue. This is a hands on training workshop for community advocates working on Census 2020 and other issues related to immigration and the current US trade war with China. This is a closed session for OCA members & Invite only


    • Fri, June 28, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • Sat, June 29, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briar Park Dr, Houston, TX 77042

    OCA’s College Track will consist of breakout discussion sessions that follow the General/Advocacy workshops. College students are encouraged to attend workshops of their interests, and then regroup with the College Track facilitator to apply the information and skills learned to a college campus or for professional development. Register here!

    • Fri, June 28, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briar Park Dr, Houston, TX 77042

    B3: Build, Breakthrough & Believe is a professional and leadership development program for aspiring Asian Pacific American (APA) professionals interested in taking their personal and professional goals to the next level through leadership development and networking.  The B3 Professional Leadership Track sessions run from 10:45 am - 5 pm on Friday, June 28 and is free to attend. Register here!

    Some topics include:

    • Executive Level Leaders
    • Getting to Upper Level Management
    • Building Inclusive, Equitable, and Safe Workspaces (Implicit Bias)


    with speakers from  NBC UNIVERSAL, CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT,  MARATHON OIL, and GOOGLE!




    • Fri, June 28, 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Sat, June 29, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briar Park Dr, Houston, TX 77042

    Preparing for a full count in 2020:

    Once every 20 years, there is an overlap of the Census and the Presidential Election. 2020 is one of those years, and the AAPI community will face challenges in ensuring they are counted and represented not only in the Presidential elections but also in the 2020 Census. Due to the unusual overlap of the census and a Presidential election, it is imperative that we focus now to help Get-Out-The-Count for the 2020 Census and make sure communities are prepared for the Presidential election year.

    This year's Empowering Advocates training is Friday & Saturday and we encourage community partners to sign up to be a Census Ambassador and get your OCA Census Partners Supply Box.

    Friday will focus on training a smaller group of organizers to brush-up on voter registration, volunteer recruitment, and tactics on mobilizing and getting out the AAPI vote.

    Saturday will focus on recruitment and training of community organizers, leaders, and volunteers and cover messaging and mobilization around the 2020 Census.

    Sessions include:

    · Introduction to Census and Lessons Learned from 2010

    · Become an expert and learn how to answer frequently asked questions and scenarios faced by our community

    · How to effectively recruit volunteers and train future leaders

    · How to talk about census & its impact

    · Breakouts to share best practices & strategies for ethnic-specific working groups as we develop a regional outreach plan

    Through this training, participants will learn about national and regional voting trends, engage in interactive workshops, and contribute in local planning sessions. They will also receive the nuts and bolts of running an effective voter mobilization program and how to incorporate civic participation into an organization’s existing programs and structure. Components of the training include the development of voter registration, education and outreach plans, voter mobilization, incorporating strong communications components, rules and regulations for 501(c)3 organizations, how to design and conduct evaluations and learn how measure programs and its impact.

    If you’re wondering how to get involved as a college student or community member without an OCA chapter to be part of, we highly encourage you to attend this track! The Empowering Organizers Track is free to attend, RSVP here.


    • Sat, June 29, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briar Park Dr, Houston, TX 77042

    The AAPI Womxn's Leadership Track are sessions seeking to address some of the most pressing issues faced by AAPI womxn including empowerment, leadership, and community building. All workshops are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required! RSVP here!

    Some topics include:

    • AAPI Womxn in Corporate Spaces
    • The Power of We: AAPI Womxn for Social Change
    • AAUW Work Smart (Salary Negotiation)


    • Fri, September 20, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Ocean Palace, 11215 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, Texas 77072


    OCA-Greater Houston's annual “They Serve with Honor” Awards Reception & Charity Casino is a signature OCA-GH event that encourages local companies and organizations to recognize the Asian Pacific Americans in their workplace who actively participate in civic and community affairs; help eliminate prejudices and stereotypes about Asian Pacific Americans; and foster positive images to enhance the appreciation of Asian Pacific Americans in the workplace who may otherwise be overlooked as the proverbial “unsung hero.” We all know that knowledge is key to eradicating racism and fostering understanding.  We are proud to have APA Employee Honorees that exemplify this commitment of equality who “Serve with Honor.”

    Each year OCA-GH honors community members who give selflessly for the betterment of others with the presentation of OCA-GH's Outstanding Community Achievement Award. The APA community is richer and fuller due to their work on behalf of the community. As an organization of community advocates, OCA-GH is proud of the accomplishments of all the awardees and honorees each year as they truly reflect the best qualities of the Asian Pacific American community and represent us as a community in all walks of life.


    The Board of OCA – Greater Houston

    Cordially invite you to

    The 20th Annual

    They Serve with Honor Reception

    Celebrating 40 years of Advocacy and

    Community Accomplishments in Houston

    Honoring the contributions of

    Community Leaders

    &

    Recognizing outstanding

    Asian American Pacific Islanders in the

    workplace who ―”Serve with Honor”


    • Sat, September 28, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Southwestern National Bank, 6901 Corporate Dr, Houston, Texas 77036

    You're invited to OCA-Greater Houston's Starry Nite Festival on Saturday, September 28, 2019!

    Starry Nite Festival was created to highlight and celebrate the diversity of AAPI Artists, culture, and community. Organized by a dedicated team of volunteers to benefit community non-profit organizations and AAPI Artists.

    The mission of Starry Nite Festival is to create a community space that promotes civic engagement and Asiatown Houston as a cultural destination for the Arts. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you soon! 

    Bring your family and friends, this event is FREE to attend and open to the public!

    • Wed, November 06, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Ballroom at Bayou Place, 500 Texas Ave, Houston, Texas 77002

    For one night only, local chefs and vendors will come together for a Big Bao Battle. Tickets include unlimited food samples and non-alcoholic drinks. Alcoholic vendors will be giving out samples to guests who are 21+

    Chefs will be making their own version of the bao, a steamed bun stuffed with various fillings, and YOU will be able to taste them all and vote on your favorite bao to be crowned the Big Bao Champion.

    Venue

    * The Ballroom at Bayou Place @ 500 Texas Street
    * located in Downtown Houston in the heart of the Theater District
    * floor to ceiling windows and sweeping balconies, guests are treated to a striking backdrop of the Houston Skyline

    Parking

    Parking at the venue is limited. There will be complimentary valet as well as street parking. 

    Questions

    Interested in becoming a chef competitor, vendor, or sponsor? Please contact kuan.zhao@ocahouston.org


Past events

Thu, May 30, 2019 HAAPI Hour - Let's Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month!
Mon, May 20, 2019 HAAPIFEST 2019 Opening Night feat. Jay Chern's "Omotenashi"
Sat, May 18, 2019 SASE Professional Houston Conference 2019
Sat, May 04, 2019 City of Sugar Land General Election Day
Tue, April 30, 2019 AAPI Advocacy Day at the Capital by OCA-Greater Houston
Sat, April 27, 2019 Starry Nite Festival - Spring 2019
Sat, April 27, 2019 Free Citizenship Forum
Wed, April 17, 2019 TEA Talks: Legislative Visit Workshop feat. Isabel Longoria
Sat, April 13, 2019 YELS April Workshop
Sat, March 30, 2019 Pilgrimage to Crystal City Internment Camp
Sat, March 16, 2019 YELS Advocacy Day: Civic Saturdays with Judge Lina Hidalgo
Thu, March 14, 2019 YELS Advocacy Day for Immigrant Families
Mon, March 11, 2019 YELS Advocacy Day for Public School Finance/Education Equality
Thu, February 21, 2019 OCA Reads Book Talk: Helen Zia presents "Last Boat Out of Shanghai" @ Brazos Bookstore
Wed, February 20, 2019 OCA Reads Book Talk: "Last Boat Out of Shanghai" by Helen Zia @ Kim Son
Sat, February 09, 2019 Celebrate Lunar New Year with OCA-Greater Houston
Sat, February 02, 2019 Running for Local Office 101 Workshop
Wed, January 16, 2019 OCA Reads Book Talk with Kam Mak
Thu, December 20, 2018 "Stories of Survival" with Vietnam War Refugee Families Facing Deportation
Sun, December 09, 2018 2018 OCA-Greater Houston Supporters Holiday Party
Wed, November 14, 2018 Big Bao Battle 3
Tue, November 13, 2018 Hurricane Preparedness Workshop
Sat, November 10, 2018 Accepted! College on the Horizon
Sat, October 27, 2018 2018 Halloween Starry Nite Lite Festival
Sat, October 27, 2018 OCA READS Book Talk: Bao Phi - Thousand Star Hotel
Sat, October 27, 2018 OCA READS Book Talk: A Different Pond by Bao Phi
Sun, October 21, 2018 Meet & Greet with Asian American Candidates in the 2018 Election
Fri, October 19, 2018 LATE LIFE: The Chien-Ming Wang Story 後勁:王建民
Thu, October 18, 2018 Film Screening – "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail"
Sun, October 14, 2018 Houston Candidate Forum
Sat, September 29, 2018 Starry Nite Lite Festival 2018: Mid Autumn
Sat, September 22, 2018 The Impact of Espionage Investigations on The Asian American Community
Fri, September 21, 2018 “They Serve With Honor” Awards Dinner
Thu, September 13, 2018 Beyond the Headlines: Examining Today's Immigration Landscape
Fri, September 07, 2018 8th Annual B3 Asian American Leadership Forum
Sat, August 25, 2018 OCA READS Book Talk: SANPAKU by Kate Gavino
Wed, August 22, 2018 TEA Talks: Improving Data Quality for Better Decisions
Sun, August 05, 2018 Info-session on upcoming Aug 25 Harvey Flood Protection Bond Election
Mon, July 23, 2018 Houston Youth Summit 2018
Sun, June 03, 2018 TEA Talks: Representation of Minorities in Media
Sat, June 02, 2018 HAAPIFEST 2018 Screening of "Drawn Together"
Sat, June 02, 2018 MAAP Houston 2018
Thu, May 31, 2018 HAAPIFEST 2018
Tue, May 29, 2018 The Chinese Exclusion Act Documentary Live Screening
Mon, May 14, 2018 Candidate Forum: CD7, CD22 and SD17 Runoffs 2018
Sat, April 28, 2018 Starry Nite Festival Spring 2018
Sat, April 28, 2018 Starry Nite Festival
Sat, April 21, 2018 The Finding Cleveland Experience - live film & music experience
Wed, April 18, 2018 OCA-GH TEA Talks: Women's Rights and Reproductive Justice
Sun, April 08, 2018 The Value of Immigrants: The 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and U.S.
Sat, March 31, 2018 Youth Take Action - Ready, Set, Go
Wed, February 21, 2018 TEA Talks: Shades - AAPI and African American Intersectionality
Mon, February 19, 2018 2018 AAPI Public Policy Impact Forum
Sat, February 10, 2018 Houston NYMLI Training | OCA - Greater Houston
Wed, January 24, 2018 2nd Annual Big Bao Battle Food Competition
Sat, January 06, 2018 OCA Citizenship Forums
Wed, December 13, 2017 Networking Happy Hour: Co-Hosted by Nexgen Exchange and OCA GH
Sun, December 10, 2017 OCA-Greater Houston Supporters Holiday Party
Sat, November 18, 2017 2017 Membership & Volunteers Appreciation Picnic & Board Elections
Wed, November 15, 2017 OCA-GH TEA Talks - "Racial Slurs: Slants/FOB: What's In A Name?"
Tue, November 07, 2017 Get Out The Vote! Houston 2017 Elections
Fri, November 03, 2017 Womxn Power: Creating Strength Through Community
Fri, October 27, 2017 OCA Corporate Achievement Awards
Mon, October 23, 2017 HISD Phonebanking
Sun, October 15, 2017 Dream Together! AAPIs Standing Up For Immigration Rally
Fri, October 13, 2017 "They Serve With Honor" Awards Dinner
Sat, September 30, 2017 Starry Nite Festival
Sat, September 30, 2017 Fraud Prevention Community Workshop
Sat, September 30, 2017 OCA APA Y-Advocate: Youth Leadership Training
Tue, September 26, 2017 HAAPI Hour!
Wed, September 20, 2017 TEA Talks: Rally! Bridging our Communities in light of SB4
Wed, September 06, 2017 TEA Dinners: Legislation Changes to Our Schools
Mon, September 04, 2017 Annual Backpack Stuffing with CARE Coalition
Fri, August 18, 2017 7th Annual B3 Asian American Leadership Forum
Sat, August 12, 2017 OCA READS Book Talk: Dr. Madeline Y. Hsu
Thu, August 03, 2017 OCA National Convention
Wed, July 19, 2017 TEA Talks: AALDEF 2016 Elections TX Exit Poll Presentation
Tue, July 04, 2017 CARE Coalition July 4th Festival
Sat, June 10, 2017 HAAPI Film Fest 2017 - Closing Arts Night!
Sat, June 10, 2017 OCA-GH TEA Talks - Disproportionate: A Mass Incarceration Problem
Fri, June 09, 2017 HAAPI Film Fest 2017, Weekend Two
Fri, June 02, 2017 HAAPI Film Fest 2017, Weekend One
Thu, June 01, 2017 Opening Night, HAAPI Film Festival 2017
Wed, May 17, 2017 TEA Talks: Standing in Solidarity with our Muslim American Community
Sat, May 13, 2017 Citywide Citizenship Assistance Forum
Sat, May 13, 2017 MAAP (Mentoring Asian American Professionals)
Fri, May 05, 2017 NQAPIA Regional Summit
Sun, April 30, 2017 AALDEF 2016 Exit Poll Results Presentation
Sat, April 01, 2017 MAAP (Mentoring Asian American Professionals)
Thu, March 30, 2017 March HAAPI Hour
Wed, March 15, 2017 TEA Talks: Acceptance - Love is Love
Tue, February 21, 2017 HAAPI Hour
Sat, February 11, 2017 JA Trade Fair
Sat, January 28, 2017 Lunar New Year Festival
Fri, January 27, 2017 RUCAA Commemorating 100 years of Asians at Rice, “Off the Menu: Asian America” Film Screening
Wed, January 25, 2017 OCA Serves Spring Project
Sun, January 22, 2017 Running for Office 101
Sat, January 07, 2017 Citizenship Forums
Thu, December 15, 2016 Community Reception for Anne Sung
Wed, December 07, 2016 OCA Greater Houston Presents: Big Bao Battle!
Tue, November 29, 2016 TYRUS Houston Premiere
Sat, November 19, 2016 Members & Volunteers Appreciation & Election Picnic
Thu, November 17, 2016 OCA-Greater Houston MAAP & B3 AALF Mixer/Reunion
Sat, November 05, 2016 OCA College and Career Roundtable
Wed, October 26, 2016 APAHM Speaker Series: DANakaDAN
Mon, October 17, 2016 APAHM Speaker Series: Jason Chu
Fri, October 14, 2016 Plenary Sessions: Civic Engagement and Women Empowerment
Fri, October 14, 2016 Career Panels: Business/Law/Mid-Career
Fri, October 14, 2016 B3 Conference Luncheon
Fri, October 14, 2016 Diamond Leadership : How to Shine Brilliantly!
Fri, October 14, 2016 6th Annual B3 Asian American Leadership Forum
Sat, October 08, 2016 APA Y Advocate Training
Wed, September 21, 2016 GOTV TEA Talk
Wed, August 31, 2016 Disparities in K-12 Education for APA Students
Sat, August 13, 2016 The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority" by Madeline Y. Hsu (Book Talk)
Fri, August 12, 2016 Presidential Town Hall - Houston Viewing
Fri, July 15, 2016 OCA College Prep Fridays
Fri, July 01, 2016 OCA College Prep Fridays
Sat, June 18, 2016 TEA Talks - AAPI Representation in Media
Fri, June 17, 2016 OCA College Prep Fridays
Sat, June 11, 2016 OCA Career Roundtable
Wed, May 18, 2016 The Case That Divided Asian America
Fri, April 29, 2016 The Missing Chinese American History with John Jung
Sat, April 23, 2016 APA Y Advocate
Wed, February 17, 2016 OCA-GH TEA Talks: AAPI Solidarity
Wed, January 20, 2016 TEA Talks: SHAYA Screening + Refugee Discussion


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