The third WLP Session, Education for All: The Fight for Equity will examine educational disparities impacting minority communities, with a focus on AANHPI communities. The session will provide attendees the opportunities to discuss with AANHPI educators and advocates on how to address inequities within their communities, with a broad discussion on education policy and organizing. Registration for the event will begin at 5:30pm with our program following promptly at 6:00pm. All WLP sessions are free to the public, but seating is limited. Please register online to reserve your seat. Dinner will be provided.
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal represents Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and surrounding areas including Shoreline, Vashon Island, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds and parts of Burien and Normandy Park.
Congresswoman Jayapal is committed to ensuring that every resident of the district has economic opportunity; fairness and equity; and safe and healthy communities. She is proud of the district’s role in leading the country on issues like the minimum wage, racial equity and innovation, and will work to support that work and lift it up as a model for the rest of the country.
Her focus is on ensuring income equality; access to education, from early learning to higher education, including debt-free college; expanding Social Security and Medicare; protecting our environment for our next generation; and ensuring immigrant, civil and human rights for all.
The first Indian-American woman in the House of Representatives, Jayapal has spent the last twenty years working internationally and domestically as a leading national advocate for women’s, immigrant, civil, and human rights.
She came to the United States by herself at the age of 16 to attend college at Georgetown University and later received her MBA from Northwestern University. She has worked in a number of industries in both the public and private sector.
Coti-Lynne Haia began her professional career as a prosecutor for the City and County of Honolulu. A fellowship focusing on Native Hawaiian issues with the Washington, D.C. Office of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye sparked Coti’s interest in federal advocacy. Since then, Coti has been fortunate to serve in senior policy roles in the offices of Senator Inouye and Senator Mazie K. Hirono, as well as the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ Washington, D.C. Bureau. She recently returned to the Senate to serve as Senator Hirono’s Deputy Chief of Staff.
Dr. Melissa Kapadia is a Philly-based educator and organizer. In her paid labor, she is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Critical Writing Program. Outside of this, Melissa is a founding sister of the Philly chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Womxn’s Forum (NAPAWF Philly), a core organizer with East Coast Solidarity Summer, a member of Asian Arts Initiative’s (AAI) 2018 community advisory board, and an organizer with the Philly South Asian Collective. This spring, she is teaching a community course called Womxn in Asian America in collaboration with AAI and NAPAWF Philly.
Session Moderator Victoria Tran currently serves as a research assistant in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Her work primarily involves using microsimulation models to analyze the interactions between welfare and benefit and propose policies to improve the program’s effectiveness in easing poverty. Prior to Urban, Victoria interned with the International Rescue Committee to provide services to incoming refugees. Born and raised in Wichita, KS, Victoria graduated from the University of Virginia in 2016 with a bachelor’s in leadership and public policy. While at UVA, Victoria served as an elected member of the Honor Committee, focusing on improving the committee’s relationship to minority groups and ensuring a fair hearing process. She was also involved with the Asian Student Union, Madison House’s Adopt-A-Grandparent program, and as community service chair for her sorority. Her experiences with domestic policy has fueled a passion for service and dedication towards empowering the Asian American community.
Support for the Education for All: The Fight for Equity session is sponsored by Teach for America
**Please note that there is a $5 charge for failing to attend a pre-registered session without a 24-hr notice**
Registration for the Washington Leadership Program will open on Monday, May 7.
More About The Washington Leadership Program
The Washington Leadership Program (WLP) provides a space for young AANHPI students interning in Washington, D.C. to come together, build community, and explore their heritage within the context of public service. Through five sessions over the summer, WLP introduces students to AANHPI public service leaders who can inform and inspire students’ own civic engagement.
The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) seeks to empower Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) youth by increasing access to public service opportunities and building a strong AANHPI public service pipeline. We envisions a future with equitable AANHPI representation throughout all levels of government and public service.
By registering for CAPAL’s Washington Leadership Program, you give permission to be recorded or photographed during the session. Food provided at this event may contain nuts, dairy, gluten, and other allergens. Vegetarian options will be available.