Day in the Life of an Intern: APIA Scholars Higher Education Summit & Nielsen’s Congressional Briefing

June 20, 2019 Join me on my day by watching my vlog!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCo-h_s6oKwMy day began at the Vienna Metro station, riding the orange line to Federal Triangle. After wandering around lost in the Ronald Reagan Building for 10 minutes, I arrived at the Pavilion Room for APIA Scholars 10th Annual Higher Education Summit.  9 AM - Opening Congresswoman Grace Meng gave the welcome keynote address, where she emphasized the diversity of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and the harmful effects of the model minority…

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1882 At: APAICS Congressional Briefing – Informed Influencers And Powerful Purchasers

On June 20th, the 1882 interns headed to the U.S. Capitol  to attend a congressional briefing hosted by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS). The briefing was centered on the recently released 2019 Asian-American consumer report by Nielsen, focusing on the theme of modern Asian-Americans consumers as "informed influencers and powerful purchasers". Congresswoman Grace Meng opened the briefing with a call to action. Although the panel focused on the buying power of Asian-Americans, Meng addressed the adjacent - and hugely important - issue of…

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1882 At: CAPAL Washington Leadership Program Series 2 – Knowledge is Access is Power

On June 19th, our 1882 interns attended the Conference of Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) Washington Leadership Program's second session, a panel entitled "Knowledge is Access is Power". The panel featured three speakers, all activists engaged with issues of minority empowerment and access to educational opportunities. The program began with a brief activity, where participants were asked to group up and illustrate simple drawings of what they imagined when they were given a few key terms: "Asian-American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) food", "AANHPI history",…

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1882 Reflection: Asian American Studies at Georgetown University

Spring 2019 marks the first semester Georgetown University will offer an “Intro to Asian American Studies” course.When students created the Asian-Pacific Islander Leadership Forum (APILF), they hoped it would serve as a political organizing space for Asian American and Pacific Islander undergraduates at Georgetown University. Recently, students in APILF have begun to use this space to think critically about the intersection of formal education and Asian American narratives. As such, one of our long-term goals is to see Georgetown offer more courses on Asian America…

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Program Review: Women at Work

On Friday, July 27th, the 1882 Foundation interns had the opportunity to attend a Women at Work mentoring session specifically organized for our cohort as we start our careers. Michelle, Linda, Margo and I met with experienced women in a variety of fields for an informational conversation on their experiences in the workplace and decision processes in shaping their career. We met with our host, Lily Cua, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Optoro, a reverse logistics company, along with Sojin Kim, a member of the…

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Program Review: Richmond Trip

On Monday, July 30th, Beth and I were able to get our culminating event going when we went down to Richmond, Virginia bright and early at 10:00 AM. An uneventful rainy drive but that is always good in regards to long drives and it also was easier on Babs, Beth’s car. Once arriving in Richmond we were set to meet William J. Martin the director of the Valentine Museum. An absolutely incredible in depth experience of Richmond's first Museum, dedicated to the history of Richmond.…

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