This week we held the Washington Leadership Program IV: Education which explored Equity in the public education system through a game. These were led by our presenters Monica Thammarath, who works with the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), and the National Education Association (NEA), Rita Pin Ahrens, from the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), and our own Jude Paul Dizon, current CAPAL board member and University of Maryland Coordinator for Asian Pacific American Student Involvement and Advocacy.
The main goal of the Game of Education was to explore whether it depends on “how you play your cards or the cards you are dealt”. This was questioned through the numbering the attendees off into “families”, which had to come up against decisions of how to school their children, public or private, college preparation, and other concerns.
This led the students and presenters into a discussion around the inequities that exist in the game, and in the actual public education system. This debrief also included a connection to policy and policy making, and specific ways Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students and families are affected by these inequities.
Education is important to all of us, and this panel allowed for a very loud, and excitable look into the common inequities and trials facing all kinds of students and families, and how to provide for them through policy and law.
This past Friday we also presented our 6th Annual AAPI Career Fair, featuring more than twenty different employers from public, private, and non-profit sectors. The room was full of career seekers, interns and professionals alike. These attendees were able to have quality time with representatives from competitive agencies and federal offices in order to make connections, as well as plan for the future. The AAPI Career Fair is an important event every summer, as it furthers the goals of the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) to boost the representation of hard working and talented AAPI leaders in the federal government, as well as other areas.
CAPAL Interns and Scholars making connections at the Career Fair.
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Posted by Taylor Huang-Boutelle
Taylor is an incoming Senior at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is double majoring in World Literature and Feminist Studies, with a concentration in Law, Politics, and Social Change. Taylor is in the D.C. cohort for the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (www.causeusa.org) and is currently a summer interns at the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership, where she is focusing on development and fundraising, and will be developing the blog content for this summer. Taylor is passionate about issues of representation, coalition between underserved communities, and creating spaces for strength and solidarity around injustices through community activism and public policy. taylor.boutelle [at] capal [dot] org