[] ECAASU [] End-of-Summer Digest

This is the last Summer Digest in case you missed it! ________________________

Hey everyone,

We hope that all of you East-Coasters have recovered from the shock from yesterday's earthquake. It certainly was a unique event.

As fall is nearing, ECAASU representatives will be traveling across the East Coast for our campus tour. Confirmed cities include New York City, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Boston. You can check here for updates; let us know where you want us to go next!

Enjoy the last few weeks of vacation, Your ECAASU Family

---

AUGUST DIGEST HIGHLIGHTS:

Announcements: 1. ECAASU joins as a community supporter of SAALT's "Be the Change" Day 2. Apply to be an ECAASU Campus Ambassador 3. ECAASU Trailblazer Award, Nominations Needed 4. Be an ECAASU Intern!

Opportunities: 5. [Nationwide] Volunteer with SAALT (South Asian Americans Leading Together) 6. [DC] Hip Hop Caucus MLK Memorial Dedication Party 7. [NYC] AAFE Community Development Training Fellowship 8. [Varies] New Organizing Fellowship

---------------------------

1) National Partnership with SAALT's "Be the Change" Event Saturday, October 1st, 2011 Join 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.

2) ECAASU Campus Ambassador The ambassador position is to help ECAASU build up a network across the East Coast amongst student leaders. At the same time, the program is an opportunity for people to step up and be an active community member in the East Coast region. In a way, it is very similar to a publicity position, in which we hope the ambassador will help us spread the news about ECAASU events (Fall Campus Tour and Spring Conference) and etc. to your campus community. If you would like to join the program and/or work on new ideas for the program, check this out.

3) ECAASU Trailblazer Award: Do you know a student who is paving the way for activism and advocacy in the Asian Pacific American community? The ECAASU National Board is soliciting nominations of students who inspire, educate and empower those interested in Asian American & Pacific Islander American issues. As a new initiative to honor those who whose work fits with our mission and goals, ECAASU has created the ECAASU Trailblazer Award to recognize those students who have significantly impacted his or her community. Every two weeks leading up to the ECAASU 2012 Student Conference at Duke University, a Trailblazer Award nominee will be chosen by the ECAASU National Board as a finalist. At the ECAASU 2012 Conference, all the finalists will be recognized at a reception and the winner for ECAASU's Trailblazer Award will be chosen. The winner of the Trailblazer Award will be recognized at the reception and win a scholarship of an amount to be determined to further his or her education or career aspirations. Students must be nominated by their peers, co-workers or supervisors. For more information or to nominate a student, click here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nicole Fink, Advocacy Coordinator at nicole.fink@ecaasu.org.

4) ECAASU Intern Positions Open With the many projects that are undergoing on National Board, we would appreciate any help from people who'd like to join on as an intern. This opportunity will allow you to work closely to our Communications, Finance, or E-News and Media team and be an active part of the planning and implementing process. Space is limited. For more information, click here.

5) Volunteer with SAALT (South Asian Americans Leading Together) South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is currently recruiting volunteers to do basic research on South Asian and other APIA student organizations across college campuses! This data is necessary to strengthen their popular "Be the Change" program which will take place this October 1st!

6) Hip Hop Caucus MLK Memorial Dedication Party Date and Location : August 28th at 9:30 Club at 7PM in DC. Tickets $12 Join them at this celebration of the dedication of the MLK memorial. The Hip Hop Caucus is hosting a party to celebrate the life and legacy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the day that the National MLK Monument is dedicated on the National Mall. Proceeds from the event are going to the Annual Hurricane Katrina Commemoration March in New Orleans the next day on the six year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Performers include: Biz Markie is the DJ for the night. Rashida Jolley, who has spent the last year on an international tour performing alongside megastar Lady Gaga, Grammy Winning rapper Mr. Cheeks, Neo Soul/R&B Artist Reesa Renee, Funk/Rock/Hip Hop band Violet Says 5, and can’t miss Hip Hop performances from Laelo Hood, Substantial and Awthentik, plus other surprise special guest appearances.

7) AAFE Community Development Training Fellowship Due: September 16, 2011, at 5 PM

Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) is seeking applications for our Community Development Training Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year. The Fellowship will train and mobilize youth to connect with careers in comprehensive community development, with a focus on how issues such as affordable housing, small business development, transportation, civil rights, policy advocacy, and environmental sustainability affect local Asian American communities. Participants will learn about the field of community development from a variety of perspectives through interactive workshops, mentorship and internship placements. Participants will build skills for community engagement and effective communication through completing a service-learning internship with a local community-based organization.

The Fellowship is open to all recent high school graduates and college students in the New York metropolitan area who have an interest in and commitment to community development, which includes the fields of urban planning, real estate, sustainable development, entrepreneurship, public policy, and community organizing, among others. A detailed description of the Fellowship is available on their website. All interested applicants need to submit (1) the On-Line Application Form and (2) a Resume via email to douglas_le@aafe.org no later than September 16, 2011, at 5 PM.

8) New Organizing Fellowship The New Organizing Institute Fellowship is a six-month, full-time, paid fellowship that is a partnership between the New Organizing Institute, MoveOn.org, Rebuild the Dream, ColorOfChange, and Citizen Engagement Lab (CEL). Participants will learn a whole new range of organizing skills, from online campaigning, to field actions, to political strategy. The fellows will put these skills to work as staff members of their host organizations, fighting the good fight at the highest levels of American politics. In addition to on-the-job training, fellows will be supported through weekly coaching from the New Organizing Institute, one of the leading trainers of new media professionals, and offered other leadership development opportunities.

____

If you would like to contribute to ECAASU’s biweekly digest by sending in news, events, or volunteer, internship, and job opportunities, please send this information to dianna.yau@ecaasu.org. Please include a title, brief summary (<250 words) and links, for inclusion into the newsletter. Submission does not guarantee inclusion in the newsletter; all submissions are screened before they are included.