Preston Hollow neighbors highlight American Indian success in DFW with new study

Mayor Johnson and Arun at the proclamation celebration. Photo by Vladimir Meyman

The Indian American CEO Council (IACEO), established by Preston Hollow neighbors Sanjiv Yajnik and Arjun Agarwal, released a study this week demonstrating the impact American Indians are having on our communities.

The IACEO was established by the couple in 2018 “to bring together Indian American business leaders to advocate for community involvement and civic engagement,” Yajnik said. “Through our work, we aim to give back and make our community a more vibrant place to live and work.”

The study, “Poised for Leadership: How the Indian American community is making a mark and why it matter” was conducted by the University of Dallas Urban Research Institute on behalf of IACEO.

“This insightful study demonstrates the importance and profound impact that American Indians have on DFW,” Yajnik said. “As one of the fastest growing populations in the United States with leadership positions in the workplace, this study shows that American Indians can have an even greater impact in their communities. “

As Mayor Eric Johnson declared August 15 American Indian Day, American Indians and others around the world celebrated India’s 75th Independence Day. Yajnik and Agarwal aim this study, and the council as a whole, to highlight the importance of the AI ​​population in the region.

“As an American Indian, I am very proud of my heritage and consider America my home. For many American Indians, this is a time to recognize our rich history and the countless accomplishments that Indians of America have made to society and the economy at large,” Yajnik said.

The study determined that there are over 220,000 American Indians living in the DFW area, representing 40% of all Asian Americans in the area. The study also found that American Indians are civically involved, with 26% having participated in community service, 20% having donated money to a candidate or campaign, 17% having attended a public hearing and 15% having contacted a representative.

The IACEO also found that American Indians lead in STEM and the workplace. Sixty percent of American Indians in DFW majored in STEM, while only 24% of all other groups majored in STEM. It was also found that American Indians were twice as likely as other Asian groups to hold management positions.

“We should use this study to break down barriers and form alliances. With success comes responsibility. We should be involved in local activities, get involved in local parks, the arts community, sports, food banks, etc. and still vote in local elections,” Agarwal said.

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