ECAASU July Digest-It's July Already?!

In case you missed it!  Here is our July Digest! Hi all! Yes, it July already. The summer sure is going by fast. Only about 5 weeks left until school is in session again. Therefore, make the rest of the summer a memorable one. Do the things you keep saying you wanted to do since school ended. Go pick up a new hobby, interest or passion. Try something completely new. Don’t let your summer slip by and have “I wish I could have done this” moments haunting you once school starts. While you have fun, I will keep you posted on new opportunities in the Asian American community. Enjoy!






1. ECAASU welcomes three new additions to the family! 2. Let Your Voice Be Heard in ECAASU: 2012 Conference Theme Survey 3. ECAASU and APIAVote Team Up through an Internship

Opportunities including Internships, Jobs, Events, and etc.

4. Asian American Institute: Career Opportunities 5. South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) in search of Outreach Coordinator 6. Asian Pacific Islander Freedom School at Seattle University + Internship Opportunity 7. Fall/Winter Internships at the Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights & Education (SanFran) 8. “Be the Change” Day Hosted by SAALT 9. Armed With a Camera Fellowship 10. Youth Empowerment Fund 11. Student Capacity Survey


1) ECAASU welcomes three new additions to the family! Welcome Cat, Nicole and Diane to the family! Congratulations to Catherine Hsu as our new Sponsorship Coordinator, Nicole Fink as our new Advocacy Coordinator and Diane Wong as our new Vice Chair of Advocacy. The rest of the ECAASU family cannot wait to meet you all! Get to know them better by reading their biographies on the blog.

2) 2012 Conference Theme Survey Weigh in on ECAASU 2012’s Conference Theme “Emerging Power” for Duke University here.

3) ECAASU and APIAVote Team Up through an Internship This summer, our National Vice Chair, June Kao, is interning at APIAVote through their ECAASU Internship. She will be learning tactics for engaging and mobilizing youth and maintaining communications for ECAASU and other youth coalitions as well as for APIAVote. We hope this combination of efforts will benefit both organizations and that it leads to more collaboration in the future.

4) Asian American Institute: Career Opportunities Asian American Institute, a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice is an organization serving the Midwest. They are currently seeking a Leadership Coordinator, Community Organizer, Staff Attorney and Executive Office Assistant. For more detailed information click here.

5) South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) in search of Outreach Coordinator SAALT is pleased to announce an opening for a Maryland Outreach Coordinator (AmeriCorps) position that will be based at SAALT's office in Takoma Park, MD. South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national, nonpartisan, non-profit organization that elevates the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States. This is a PAIDopportunity. See their website at or email them at for more information.

6)  Asian Pacific Islander Freedom School at Seattle University + Internship OpportunityJuly 25th – July 29th, 2011 The APIFS is a week long summer program open to youth aged 14-18 years, with targeted outreach to underserved, immigrant, refugee, and low-income APIs. APIFS will build strong inter-community and -generational connections to grow the next generation of API community leaders, and expand the sustainability of larger social justice movement work. The APIFS is a groundbreaking effort by grassroots API organizations and activists to promote social justice through the learning of API history, art, culture and critical contemporary social issues using a broad-based anti-oppression approach. Set to launch July 2011, the school will focus on experiential learning opportunities, interactive curriculum, and creative expression to develop a critical analysis of oppression, API people’s movements, and social issues. The API Freedom School also promotes peer learning, mentoring, and leadership development opportunities. Click here for details of an internship position.

7) Fall/Winter internships at the Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights & Education The Korematsu Institute advances pan-ethnic civil and human rights through education, activism and leadership development. Korematsu Institute internships offer unique opportunities for students interested in civil rights, education & exhibits, design and technology, documentary film and media, event planning and fundraising, and archival research. The program will also help students develop leadership skills in order to foster understanding among different minority communities whose rights have been threatened by racial and religious profiling. There are many internship projects to work on during this early, exciting period of the Institute. Their internships are unpaid, but very often undergraduates can receive college credit for fulfilling their intern assignments.

8) “Be the Change” Day hosted by SAALT Saturday, October 1st, 2011Join SAALT in “Be the Change” on October 1st where South Asians and their allies get together for service and to build community. It starts off with a kick-off event with a speaker from the APIA community. After join in on community discussion circles in sharing unique experiences that South Asians have. There will also be participants volunteering at local nonprofit sites.

9)  Armed With a Camera Fellowship Visual Communications (VC) seeks to cultivate a new generation of Asian Pacific American media artists committed to preserving the legacy and vision of VC. ARMED WITH A CAMERA FELLOWSHIP will award up to ten fellows $500 to complete a five-minute digital video, within a five-month span of time. Through the ARMED WITH A CAMERA FELLOWSHIP, emerging media artists will capture their world, surroundings and outlook on life as a part of a new generation of Asian Pacific Americans.

10) Youth Empowerment Fund The Youth Empowerment Fund is designed for youth-led initiatives committed to advancing their community through social justice programs, community action plans, and campaigns.Free funding to support youth initiatives, programs, and campaigns. Your ideas and programs can encompass any aspect as long as a core element is community betterment with Asian Pacific Islander American ties. For more information about the Youth Empowerment Fund and the application, email

11) Student Capacity Survey The Asian American Justice Council wants to hear what is happening with you and your campuses/communities. To better support YOU and the student leaders on your campus/community, the council constructed a survey to get an idea of what issues students and leaders are facing on their campuses and how they come together to address issues that affect the AAPI community across the country. The Council seeks to figure out how to best serve students in each region of the country. We want to support student leaders in any way we can and to link them to other advocates and leaders in their community. With these surveys and other services provided by AAJC, we seek to figure out how to do just that.