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GOVERNOR'S COORDINATING OFFICES

GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS


In October 2004, the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives was established (Executive Order 01.01.2004.57). The Office was reorganized by the Governor in September 2007 (Executive Order 01.01.2007.18). In July 2008, it was established by statute (Chapter 521, Acts of 2008; Code State Government Article, sec. 9.5-101).

The Office coordinates community and volunteer service activities in Maryland; develops and coordinates the Governor's policy agenda affecting community programs and initiatives; advises the Governor on policies to enhance and improve the delivery of community and volunteer services; and serves as liaison to the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Community affairs services within the Executive Branch of Maryland government are surveyed and assessed by the Office. To encourage greater involvement and participation by community organizations and constituent groups in the formulation and implementation of public policy, the Office devises and implements a strategic plan. The strategic plan and annual reports are submitted to the Governor.

Appointed by the Governor, the Executive Director serves on the Maryland Council for New Americans, and the Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism.

Within the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives are the Commission on African-American History and Culture; the Office of Asian-Pacific American Affairs; the Governor's Commission on Asian-Pacific American Affairs; the Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs; the Commission on Indian Affairs; the Governor's Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs; the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism; and Volunteer Maryland (Executive Order 01.01.2007.18). The Governor's Office of Community Initiatives also oversees and serves as coordinating liaison to the Maryland Commission for Women.


GOVERNOR'S COMMISSION ON AFRICAN AFFAIRS

The Governor's Commission on African Affairs was created by the Governor in May 2009 (Executive Order 01.01.2009.07). The Commission advises the Governor and Executive Branch agencies on matters relating to the African community of Maryland, including those relating to economic, workforce and business development.

Appointed by the Governor to four-year terms, the Commission consists of twenty-one members. The Governor also names the chair.


COMMISSION ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE

c/o Banneker-Douglass Museum of African-American History & Culture
84 Franklin St., Annapolis, MD 21401

The Commission on African-American History and Culture originated in 1969 as the Maryland Commission on Negro History and Culture (Chapter 435, Acts of 1969). In 1971, it was assigned to Morgan State College by Executive Order. Under the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Commission was renamed in 1974 as the Commission on Afro-American and Indian History and Culture (Chapter 386, Acts of 1974), and as the Commission on Afro-American History and Culture in 1976 (Chapter 120, Acts of 1976). As part of the Division of Cultural Activities, the Commission joined the Department of Housing and Community Development in 1987 (Chapter 311, Acts of 1987). In 1988, the Commission was placed under the Division of Historical and Cultural Programs within the Department. In 1992, the Commission was redesignated as the Commission on African-American History and Culture (Chapter 290, Acts of 1992). Formerly under the Division's Office of Cultural and Educational Services, the Commission became part of the Office of Research, Survey, and Registration in 1992. In September 1995, the Commission moved to the Office of Museum Services, and in October 2005 transferred from the Department of Housing and Community Development to the Department of Planning. In July 2008, it moved to the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives (Chapter 521, Acts of 2008).

The Commission serves as the statewide clearinghouse for preserving evidence of and documenting the African-American experience in Maryland. It specializes in research assistance and collection of historical materials - art objects, memorabilia, manuscripts, photographs, and other articles of significance to African-American history and culture. For the community at large and the educational systems and institutions within the State, the Commission provides exhibits, programs, and resource materials. The Commission also participates in a con tinuing statewide survey to locate and identify sites and buildings of historical and cultural importance to the African-American experience in Maryland.

The State's annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday (January 15) is planned and coordinated by the Commission. Any available federal or private funds for the planning and execution of commemorative and educational activities in connection with that observance are received and administered by the Commission.

The Commission's nine members are appointed to four-year terms by the Governor with Senate advice and consent. Subject to the approval of the Governor, the Commission appoints the Director (Code State Government Article, secs. 9.5-401 through 9.5-408).

BANNEKER - DOUGLASS MUSEUM OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE

84 Franklin St., Annapolis, MD 21401

Open Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Saturday, 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.

The Banneker-Douglass Museum of African-American Life and History opened to the public in February 1984 and was renamed the Banneker-Douglass Museum of African-American History and Culture in 1993. The Museum is both an exhibit facility and a research center for studies in African-American history and culture.

OFFICE OF ASIAN-PACIFIC AMERICAN AFFAIRS

At the request of the General Assembly, the Governor established the Office of Asian-Pacific American Affairs to assist and promote the interests of Maryland's Asian-Pacific American community in 1992 (Chapter 397, Acts of 1991). Asian-Pacific Americans came originally from Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, China, Taiwan, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Korea, the Philippines, U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Samoa, Macao, Hong Kong, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldive Islands, or Nepal.

GOVERNOR'S COMMISSION ON HISPANIC AFFAIRS

In 1971, the Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs originated as the Commission on the Concerns of Spanish-Speaking People. It received its current name in 1978 (Executive Order 01.01.1978.14). In July 2003, the Commission was reconstituted and reauthorized (Executive Order 01.01.2003.19). In September 2007, the Commission moved from the Department of Human Resources to the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives (Executive Order 01.01.2007.18). In October 2007, the Commission was reorganized and reauthorized (Executive Order 01.01.2007.21).

The Commission advises the Governor, the General Assembly, and agencies within the Executive Department on matters relating to the Hispanic peoples of Maryland. It works with the Hispanic community, private groups, and agencies of State and local government to serve and represent the State's Hispanic people and promote their interests.

Twenty-two members comprise the Commission. Seventeen are appointed to four-year terms by the Governor. Five are nonvoting ex officio members, and one nonvoting member represents the Governor's Office.

COMMISSION ON INDIAN AFFAIRS

The Commission on Indian Affairs began in 1974 as part of the Commission on Afro-American and Indian History and Culture. Within the Department of Economic and Community Development, it became a separate agency in 1976 (Chapter 148, Acts of 1976). In 1987, the Commission on Indian Affairs was made part of the Division of Cultural Activities within the Department of Housing and Community Development (Chapter 311, Acts of 1987). It joined the Division of Historical and Cultural Programs in 1988. Formerly under the Division's Office of Cultural and Educational Services, the Commission in 1992 was placed under the Office of Research, Survey, and Registration. In October 2001, the Commission moved to the Office of Management, Planning, and Educational Outreach. In October 2005, the Commission transferred to the Department of Human Resources (Chapter 440, Acts of 2005). In July 2008, the Commission transferred to the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives (Chapter 521, Acts of 2008).

Programs and projects to further the cultural, educational, economic and social development of Maryland's diverse Indian communities are coordinated by the Commission. The Commission also works to promote public awareness and appreciation of the rich contributions that Indians have made to life in the State. Petitions from Native-American groups are reviewed by the Commission for recognition by the Governor as Maryland Indian tribes. The Commission also reviews requests to the Maryland Historical Trust for transfer to Native Americans of human remains and associated funerary objects in the custody of the Trust.

The Commission consists of nine members, a majority of whom must be members of the Native American communities of Maryland. Appointed by the Governor with Senate advice and consent, members serve three-year terms. Subject to the approval of the Governor, the Commission appoints the Director (Code State Government Article, secs. 9.5-301 through 9.5-312).

GOVERNOR'S COMMISSION ON MIDDLE-EASTERN AMERICAN AFFAIRS

In October 2007, the Governor created the Governor's Commission on Middle-Eastern American Affairs (Executive Order 01.01.2007.22), and in 2008 the Commission joined the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives. The Commission advises the Governor and other State agencies on matters relating to Maryland's Middle-Eastern Americans, such as economic issues, the workforce, and business development, or matters affecting their health, safety, and welfare.

The Commission's twenty-one members are appointed to four-year terms by the Governor.

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