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Hey guys,

We know that school is starting and you guys are busy moving in, buying textbooks, and figuring out your schedules for the semester but check out our latest updates to the following opportunities.

Your ECAASU Family



1. ECAASU Campus Ambassadors
2. ECAASU Trailblazer Award, Nominations Needed
3. Be an ECAASU Intern!

Opportunities: Internships, Jobs, Events, etc.
4. [NYC] Asian American for Equality (AAFE): Community Development Training Fellowship

5. [Houston] Center for Asian Pacific American Women Hosts Leadership Summit
6. [Nationwide] White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: Video Challenge: "What's Your Story?"
7. [Nationwide] Asian American Justice Center Survey: Chance to Win 20% off Flight on Southwest Airlines


1) 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.

2) 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.

3) 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 Advocacy, 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.

4) Asian Americans and Equality: Community Training Fellowship
Looking for an exciting opportunity for you and your fellow group members to gain in-depth experience with community development in New York City? Look no further, 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 the website at http://www.aafe.org.

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.

5) Center for Asian Pacific American Women Hosts Leadership Summit
Date and Location: September 23-24, Houston, Texas 
The Center for Asian Pacific American Women (CAPAW) is hosting a leadership summit in Houston, Texas. Workshops and panels will cover career development skills, financial and business savvy, health, and other issues of concern to AA/PI women.  Early bird registration deadline is August 30. Find out more information, by clicking here.

6) White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: Video Challenge: "What's YourStory?"
Deadline: Midnight on November 1, 2011
There is nothing more powerful than the stories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Our stories define who we are, and they reflect our impact on the community around us. At the White House Initiative on AAPIs, we seek to amplify these voices nationally.

They’re calling on you to produce a video, up to three minutes long, telling us who you are and how you have impacted those around you. In your video, answer the questions: How have your unique experiences shaped who you are today? And in what ways are you making a difference in your community? Everyone is welcomed to participate.

They will review the submissions and post a select number of entries on the White House website. In addition, they’ll invite a group of exceptional AAPI leaders to share their stories in person at the White House this fall as special guests in a White House Initiative on AAPIs event. To learn more about the challenge, watch their call-out video here. To submit your video and learn more about the challenge, go to www.whitehouse.gov/whatsyourstory.

7) Asian American Justice Center Survey: Chance to Win 20% off Flight on Southwest Airlines
Did you know that 6 quick questions could get you 20% off Southwest flights? Take the survey here.

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.