[] ECAASU [] December Digest

Hey all, Hope the much needed Thanksgiving break was spent with lots of love from family and friends. Whether it was turkey or chicken, I am sure you all are stuffed from Thanksgiving food and have gained five extra pounds. Although Thanksgiving has become associated with break, food, and family, please really take the time to appreciate and give thanks to those in your life who have made you the person you are.

We would like to give a reminder that the ECAASU 2012 Conference's early registration is ending 12/9! Register before the prices rise!

-Your ECAASU Family -------------------------------------------- DECEMBER DIGEST HIGHLIGHTS:

Announcements: 1. ECAASU Campus Ambassadors 2. ECAASU Trailblazer Award, Nominations Needed! 3. ECAASU Conference Board: Early Registration Ends Next Friday 12/9!

Opportunities: Internships, Jobs, Events, etc. 4. [NYC] Engage 2012 National Summit 5. [NYC] Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Looking for Office Intern 6. Define American Campaign Manager
7. [DC] Washington Leadership Program (WLP): 2012 Summer Leadership Program
8. Angry Asian Man is looking for an Intern -------------------------------------------- 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 atnicole.fink@ecaasu.org.
Our fourth trailblazer is Cynthia Gao. Her bio will be posted here soon.
3) ECAASU Conference Board: Early Registration Ends Next Friday 12/9!
The 35th Annual Conference is held at Duke University during Friday, February 24, 2012 to Sunday, February 26, 2012. The theme this year is REDISCOVERY: RENAISSANCE. REVOLUTION. To read more about it please visit the website!
4) Engage 2012 National Summit

Date: December 8, 6-8PM

Location: Kimmel Center at NYC
Engage 2012 is hosted by Women of Color Policy Network, a national summit of policy experts, practitioners, thought leaders and key stakeholders working on issues related to immigration, racial justice and equity, economic security, LGBTQ rights and reproductive and environmental justice.  Engage 2012 will bring together a cross-section of leading national civil and human rights leaders to discuss what it will take to get the country back on track, the role of government and the Administration in rebuilding the national economy, and strategies to mobilize communities and reenergize voters.
The event will be moderated by Sheryl Huggins Solomon, Managing Editor of The Root and include Anika Rahman, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, Maria Teresa Kumar, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Voto Latino, Susan Herman, President of the ACLU, Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and ProfessorMarc Lamont Hill, host of Our World with Black Enterprise Television, among others. To  RSVP please click here.
5) Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Looking for Office Intern The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.

Position Description:  APAICS offers unpaid internships throughout the year for undergraduate and graduate students interested in working on issues affecting the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. Interns must be located in the Washington DC area and may be able to receive school credit for their work.
Application Process: Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to tgogue@apaics.org with the Subject Line: “APAICS Office Internship.” In the cover letter, please indicate the reason you are interested in working with APAICS, the type of work you would like to do, the time frame and approximate number of hours you can commit per week, the level of computer skills you possess, and any additional languages you speak. Your writing sample should be a one-page, double-spaced essay on one of the following topics: any Asian Pacific American in political office (current or former), a key issue facing the APA community, or a reflection on your own community involvement. If you have any additional questions, please contact APAICS at             (202) 296-9200      .
6) Define American Campaign Manager

Deadline: December 3rd, 2011

Define American is changing the way we think and talk about  immigration. Their mission is to change the public conversation by reaching new audiences with fresh content about, and by, immigrants and their champions. More info here.
Define America is a unique social media campaign launched in June 2011 that is already creating dramatic waves across the country. They draw on the stories of immigrants and their non-immigrant champions - telling the untold truths about how our nation's immigration is impacting real communities. The effort was launched by a small team of dynamic leaders, inspired by our co-founder Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer prize winning former journalist, who “came out” as an undocumented immigrant in a courageous piece in the New York Times Magazine. Unlike many non-profits that want to live forever, they are hoping to be so successful that they work themselves out of existence.
To Apply:
To apply, please send a letter of intent outlining who you are, why you do what you do, what are you most proud of, how you fit into this conversation and how you will expand it, along with your resume to jobs@defineamerican.com. Salary commensurate with experience.  Competitive benefits package. For more information, please send an interested email so we can forward you qualifications, responsibilities, etc.
7) Washington Leadership Program (WLP): 2012 Summer Leadership Program
Deadline: January 20, 2012
The Washington Leadership Program (WLP) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications from high-potential South Asian college students for the 2012 summer leadership program scheduled to take place from June 9, 2012 to August 3, 2012. The WLP cultivates the South Asian American community's next generation of leaders by placing them in Congressional offices or Government Agencies for eight-week summer internships and a structured leadership-training curriculum.  The students gain a firsthand view of the policy-making and legislative process, as well as gain access to high-profile South-Asian leaders in the nation's capitol. Applications are available online at http://www.thewlp.com/wlp-2012-application.htmlThe deadline for submitting applications is January 20, 2012.
All students who are either US citizens or legal permanent residents are encouraged to apply. Selection to the WLP is highly competitive and not limited to students pursuing majors in social sciences. The backgrounds of past participants have ranged from medical school to art and business. Interns will receive a total stipend of $1,500 and will be required to complete 2-3 short writing assignments during the internship. For more information about the program, visit the WLP's website at www.thewlp.com.
8) Angry Asian Man is looking for an Intern Angry Asian Man is looking to bring on an Angry Asian Intern for ten weeks, starting in January 2012, to assist with various tasks that include but are not limited to writing, editing and research for the blog. He's looking for a mature, progressive, pop-culture savvy, responsible, detail-oriented and hard-working individual with the following qualifications:
  • Great writing and editing skills
  • Experience publishing with blogging platforms (Blogger, Wordpress, etc.)
  • Strong familiarity with social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Basic understanding of HTML
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Passion for Asian American issues/arts/current events
  • Good sense of humor

A tiny little stipend might be available. Strongly prefer an intern in the Southern California area, but open to working with a qualified person located elsewhere in the United States. Interested? Send a cover letter, your resume and a 25-words-or-less answer to the question, "What makes you angry?" to intern@angryasianman.com.


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