Community Action Projects

Community Action Projects

The Community Action Project (CAP) is a collaborative effort between CAPAL scholars and interns in service of the mission to CAPAL. Students will work together in small groups with community partners, creating deliverables to give back and address issues facing the AANHPI community. The groups then present their final projects at the Summer Closing Ceremony. Click below to view past Community Action Projects.

2018 Projects

Community Partner: Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Team Members: Sylvia Peng, Charlotte Rhodes, Jessica Lee, Angela Li, An Pham

Goal: Highlight the influence of technology with case studies showcasing how technology is utilized by AANHPIs in a variety of fields – from running businesses, in academia, and when confronting sexual and domestic violence.

Click here to view their project. 

Community Partner: The 1882 Foundation

Team members: Ashley Tjhung, Tingyao Li, Cassidy Pregil, Hannah Hsieh, Sally Pak, Samantha Mori

Goal: Research Range 99, a section of the Historic Congressional Cemetery, and justify memorializing the site and develop a fundraising plan for the 1882 Foundation to implement, ensuring funds are secured for a memorializing project.

Download their project here.

Community Partner: Libraries Without Borders

Team members: Michelle Chung, Yvonne Shih, Jeremy Lee, Xiong Her, Angela Zhao

Goal: Create standard curricula/training modules for weekly workshops for elderly AANHPIs, providing resources on health, legal assistance, financial literacy, and language learning. so they may be run by volunteer groups from surrounding schools and organizations.

Click here to download their project. 


Community Partner: National CAPACD

Team members: Angela Tran, Patricia Choi, Kelly Chang, Sharon Le, Sara Kang

Goal: Gather and map data and indicators measuring the impact of gentrification and displacement in hot market neighborhoods. The mapping tool will include AAPI poverty trends, national housing preservation data, environmental and neighborhood health metrics to assess the impact of displacement on low income AAPI communities.

Click here to download their project. 

Community Partner: Asian American Government Executives Network

Team members: Télyse Masaoay, Nashi Gunasekara, JungJun Cho, Mark Dong, Anita Mathias

Goal: Become familiar with AAGEN by serving as volunteers at the annual Leadership Workshop to best learn of the logistic processes feeding into the successful implementation of a workshop, and work with advisors to craft Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for this and AAGEN’s other operations and programming.

Click here to download their project. 

2017 Projects

Community Partner: Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Team Members: Jordan Choy, Neil Decenteceo, Vivian Kim, Ting Lin.

Goal: Create an awareness campaign that effectively engages older AAPIs to engage in hate incident reporting.

Click here to download their project. 

Community Partner: Asian Pacific American Vote

Team members: Ariel Higuchi, Alain Xiong-Calmes, Richard Fu, Evan Yoshimoto

Goal: Design a deliverable workshop presentation highlighting landmark Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) political movements to generate appreciation for AANHPI civic engagement, and perform background research on historical and contemporary AANHPI identity.

Click here to download their project. 

Community Partner: National Resources Defense Council

Team members: Starla Couso, Emi Okikawa, Bernadette Mead, Justin Rose, Javan Santos

Goal: Supplement the deficit in data surrounding energy burdens of Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) households.

Click here to download their project. 

Community Partner: National CAPACD and Asian Community Development Corporation

Team members: John Camara, Areeba Haider, Richard Li, Carlo Tuason, Steven Xie

Goal: Prove the displacement of AAPIs from Boston’s Chinatown and create a guide as to how to use a mapping tool to better analyze housing trends.

Click here to download their project. 

Community Partner: Domestic Violence Resource Project

Team members: Melody Fan, Crystal Im, Farjana Islam, Justine Kim, Marcia Saeteng

Goal: Create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) detailing three methods by which a bystander can intervene in situations of domestic violence. Translate the PSA into English, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Chinese.

Click here to view their video.

Community Partner: National Education Association

Team members: Anna Casalme, Michelle Liu, Maki O’Bryan, Camille Sanchez, Jun Min Zhong

Goal: Produce and execute a webinar targeted towards the Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community on engaging with state and local educational agencies on the 2017 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plans.

Click here to download their project. 

2016 Projects

Team members: Janny Jang, Stephanie Xiao, Leangelo Acuna, Allen Lo

Goal: To showcase how all issues, including those that are not considered “traditionally AAPI” are relevant to our community and can impact voter engagement of the generally untapped political power of AAPIs. They want to create a holistic image of AAPI issues but also to deconstruct them to uncover the less talked about issues.

Click here to download their project. 

Team members: Megan Matthew, Peter Liu, Devin Tran, Stephanie Xiao, Grace Kim

Goal: To provide a history that weaves the relatively short history of Asian Americans with that of black America. To allow others to see how relations between these two groups were shaped through history and what Asian and black solidarity can look like in the upcoming years.

Check out their presentation here.

Team members: Nancy Luo, Abigail Wang, Sylvia Guan, Ashley Truong

Goal: To give AAPI women an opportunity to speak about the fetishization and marginalization of their identities to bring more awareness to the complexity of race and gender in their lives.

Check out their presentation here.

Team members: Divina Li, Victoria Vong, Philip Samuel

Goal: To examine real examples of environmental injustice – the historic Warren County PCB landfill, Richmond CA’s Chevron Oil dispute, and D.C. Chinatown’s gentrification – and to reveal how race or nationality of victims, as well as of the organizations and agencies trying to help, can impact outcomes in disadvantageous and unfair ways.

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Team members: Bo Chong, Michael Yee, Celine Nguyen, Sophia Fang

GoalEducate others on the issues surrounding DACA/DAPA and its effect on AAPIs in this country, and provide a way for others to understand the impact of immigration policy from the perspective of those that the policy affects on a day to day basis.

Click here to visit their website.

Team members: Miru Osuga, Sooji Yang, Olivia Flechsig, Tien Weber, Rosa Keller, Marisa Paipongna

Goal: To bring LGBTQ allies into a conversation on the the diversity of the AAPI community when it comes to gender and sexual identity. To highlight the importance of nonprofit or advocacy work within this sphere. To be a proactive call for action in supporting our LGBTQ brothers, sisters, and non-binary siblings.

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Team members:  Felicia Wong, Bichnga Do, Juhi Patel, Rachel Chiu

Goal: To illuminate the current state of AAPI representation on the hill and point towards how the AAPI community can affect change on the hill and vice versa to “progress” AAPI-significant issues.

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