Elizabeth R. OuYang
Elizabeth R. OuYang has been a civil rights attorney and community advocate for more than 30 years. She is the census consultant to New York Immigration Coalition and Coordinator of New York Counts 2020, a growing coalition of 80 diverse groups statewide seeking an accurate and fair 2020 census. Voting; census; immigration; media accountability; combating hate crimes and police brutality; and race, sex, and disability discrimination fall under her expertise. A former staff attorney at AALDEF and the Disability Law Center in Boston, OuYang, appointed by President Bill Clinton, served as special assistant to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. OuYang teaches “Comparative Constitutional Challenges Impacting African, Latino, and Asian American Communities” and “Post 9/11 Immigration Policies” at Columbia University. At New York University, she teaches the comparative constitutional course and courses dealing with diversity and gender issues in the workforce. New York University awarded OuYang the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award and Mayor Bloomberg bestowed on OuYang the 2010 American Dreamer Award for Ambassadorship. OuYang was a mentor with Legal Outreach, a program empowering underserved teenagers to prepare for moot court debates and college. As president of OCA-NY Asian Pacific American Advocates, a civil rights non-profit volunteer group, OuYang led the community advocacy for justice for Danny Chen, a 19 year old soldier found dead in Afghanistan after weeks of racial maltreatment and hazing by his superiors. OuYang founded and continues to supervise OCA-NY’s Hate Crimes Prevention Art Project, now in its 12 successful year.