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2018 Washington Leadership Program Session III: Education for All – The Fight for Equity

June 20, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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.  


pramila jayapal headshotCongresswoman 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.






melissa kapadia headshotDr. 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.








Image-1Bruce Leal formerly worked on native education policies in the Office of Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI). Prior to becoming an APAICS Fellow, Bruce worked as the Tribal Education Specialist for the National Indian Education Association in developing tribal initiatives to foster the teaching of native students. As a first generation college graduate, he is committed to advocating for policies and practices to improve the outcomes for students and families in AANHPI communities.
After graduating college, he worked to improve the educational outcomes of at-risk youth in Southeast DC through City Year and later taught U.S. History & Government in a high school special education setting through Teach for America (TFA) in Waipahu, Hawai’i. While teaching in Hawai’i, he worked as a Policy Advisor Fellow to a member on the Hawai’i State Board of Education (HIBOE) and supported diversity recruitment initiatives in the TFA Hawai’i region. In this role, he worked to pass a new state policy on multilingual education to ensure that schools are creating learning environments which draw from  the rich linguistic diversity and cultural strengths of Hawaii’s students. As a result of these efforts, Hawai’i is now one of only two states to hold this policy that seeks to address a nearly 20 point nation-wide graduation gap between English Learners and the national average. These experiences enabled him to become involved with Leadership for Educational Equity, where he supported numerous successful political campaigns at the local and state level across the country. Continuing on the track of public policy, he later served as the Legislative and Campaign Finance Director for a State Senator in the Maryland General Assembly.
Bruce earned his B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from The George Washington University and his M.S.Ed from Johns Hopkins University. He currently serves as an Advisory Council Member on Teach for America’s Native Alliance Initiative, and as a newly appointed Commissioner on DC’s AAPI Community Development Commission.


Screen Shot 2018-06-13 at 3.33.55 PMYuki Kondo-Shah was an admissions officer at Stanford University’s Undergraduate Office of Admission overseeing recruitment and evaluation of underrepresented Asian American minority students and first generation and low SES Asian American students.  As a university student, Yuki served as a diversity intern programming Native American student recruitment programs and as a senior admissions interviewer.  During her time at Harvard, she was a student admissions committee evaluator and worked with the admissions office to create diversity recruitment publications and organized programs to diversify the graduate student body.  Yuki holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School.  Her passion is working with students to achieve their college admissions goals and volunteers with many high school students.  She speaks Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.  She currently works in foreign affairs with her husband and is expecting her second daughter.








160817_urban_victoriatran_023-1Session 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.




jenny boyd headshotPanel Moderator Jennifer (Jenny) Peddycord Boyd currently works as the Senior Director of Talent Acquisition and Strategy at Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) from her home office in New York, NY. She began her career as a 7th and 8th grade Science teach in Baltimore, MD where she deepened her passion for improving educational opportunities and understanding of issues facing individuals in low-income communities. Since leaving the classroom, she has dedicated her career to finding the most talented individuals to work for education equity. She is passionate about extraordinary, diverse talent, women’s issues, and community engagement.





Support for the Education for All: The Fight for Equity session is sponsored by Teach for America

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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.

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June 20, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm




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