We are excited to introduce our CAPM board members for 2013. Today we have Elsa Batica, current Board Vice-Chair of the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans.
Who are you?
Elsa is President, Principal Consultant at Batica & Associates and Corporate Trainer for Diversity Council, Inc.
Elsa served as Director, Community Outreach at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center. Before arriving at NorthPoint, Elsa was the Training and Development Manager, Cross Cultural Care Consultant at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN. Before that, she was Program Manager -– Child and Teens Checkups at Hennepin County – Community Health Department. Prior to that, Elsa served as Executive Director at Asian American Renaissance. Earlier in her career, Elsa served as Associate County Administrator at Scott County and Elsa served as Deputy Director at City of Minneapolis, Department of Civil Rights.
Elsa received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.A. in Planning & Community Development. She also received several certification awards, i.e.Professional Training and Development from the University of MN; Technology of Participation from the Institute of Cultural Affairs.
Elsa has been involved for over 25 years in the areas of multicultural issues, cultural competency, diversity management and community development. She has developed and delivered hundreds of workshops, consultations and facilitated sessions to a diverse list of government, corporate, education, health, non-profit and community clients. She is a trained and experienced civil rights mediator. For over fifteen years, she has been interested in community health education and outreach concentrating in prevention strategies to help community be better health consumers, reduce or eliminate health disparities and policy development to reform health care.
Elsa’s core expertise includes Policy/Procedure Dev., Strategic Planning, Customer Service, Public Relations, Diversity, Project Management, Organizational Dev., Human Resources, Civil Rights, Training & Development, Affirmative Action and Facilitation. Recently, she received a grant to pursue Public Relations, Marketing and Social Media.
Briefly tell us about your community and about some of your current involvements in the community.
Elsa serves on the board of directors and chair of governance of the Institute of Cultural Affairs-USA. She is Co-Chair, for Education and Training, on Committee on Equality and Justice, MN Courts System. She is active member, Co-Chair and Co-founder, MN-Filipino American Women’s Network- MN. She is a Charter and active member of Philippine Study Group of Minnesota. She was appointed Co-Coordinator, UM Law School Human Rights Humphrey Fellows Program. She is a volunteer for Charis Education at Shakopee Women’s Correctional Facility. She is also a Spirit Journey Facilitator at St. Benedict College, St. Joseph, MN; Commissioner and Vice-Chair, Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotan.
What do you hope to accomplish on CAPM’s board?
To learn from and serve our changing Asian Community.
To advocate for policy change for the benefit not only of the Asian community but the community at large.
Is there a person in your life that has been the most influential? Why?
There’s been many people who inspired and influenced me, my parents, siblings, teachers who inspired and pushed me to be better than I thought I can; friends, several to list who give me honest feedback and pull me up and my Filipino American community who gives me a sense of belonging and my family, my husband as my best friend, mentor and anchor. My children and grandsons who gives me reasons to fight for their future.