JASC Legacy Center Presents: The Two Moritas

The JASC Legacy Center Presents A “Memories of Now” Seminar Series Presentation

THE TWO MORITAS:  On Japanese American Representation in City and County Government

MISSED THE EVENT? Catch it on CAN TV the following dates and times or watch at the link below:

Sunday, October 9th, 11:30 AM, CAN TV21
Tuesday,  October 11th, 8:00 AM, CAN TV19
Wednesday,  October 12th, 12:00 PM, CAN TV21

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Tuesday, September 20th, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Ryan Yokota by calling or emailing at 773-275-0097, ext. 222 or at ryokota@jasc-chicago.org.

Featured Panelists:


Born and raised in Chicago, Dr. Morita was appointed as the Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner in early 2015. Under Dr. Morita’s leadership, CDPH developed and launched Healthy Chicago 2.0, a four-year plan to assure healthy equity, and led efforts to pass a number of tobacco prevention initiatives. Previously, she served as CDPH’s Chief Medical Officer leading city responses to pandemic influenza outbreaks as well as the city’s efforts to prevent the introduction and spread of the Ebola virus. Dr. Morita has served as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Community Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediat­rics. Previously, Dr. Morita served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the CDC and worked in private practice. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School, Dr. Morita lives in the city with her husband, a physician, and their two children.


Josina Wing Morita is the principal of JM Consulting, and brings over a decade of experi­ence in structural racism training, racial equity organizational development, multiracial coalition building, racial equity strategy and policy, racial disparity research and demo­graphic mapping. Her human rights and racial justice work has been recognized by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the Japanese American Citizens League, the Community Renewal Society, and by the Illinois Coalition for Political Reform. Josina holds a B.A. in Sociology and International Race Relations from Pitzer College and a Masters in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently serves on the boards of the Woods Fund of Chicago and the Asian American Action Fund of Greater Chicago. She sits on the State of Illinois’ Racial Profiling and Data Oversight Board and Asian American Employment Plan Council, Cook County’s Asian American Advisory Council and the Village of Skokie Plan Commission. Josina is a Democratic nominee for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. If elected this November, she will be the first Asian American elected to a countywide board in Cook County.

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This event is co-sponsored by the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society (CJAHS) and the Japanese American Citizens League – Chicago Chapter (JACL-Chicago).

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