The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) will train over 60 community leaders during its 13th annual Leadership and Advocacy Training on July 24-26 in Washington, DC.
Participants will learn about policy advocacy, have an opportunity to network and strategize with colleagues from around the country, and build relationships with decision makers at the federal level. Participants hail from across the country, including the Bronx, NY; Memphis, TN; Austin, TX; Ballwin, Missouri; Evanston, IL and Washington State, and either have heritage as refugees who arrived in the U.S. after the war in Southeast Asia, or work with Southeast Asian American communities.
SEARAC’s Leadership and Advocacy Training is the only gathering to intentionally bring together Southeast Asian Americans across generational, ethnic, and socio-economic lines, reflecting the diversity within this community.
“With the ongoing federal budget discussions and the 2012 elections looming, this is an important time for Southeast Asian Americans to weigh in on issues like education reform, health care, Social Security, and immigration reform,” said Doua Thor, executive director of SEARAC. “The aim of the Leadership and Advocacy Training is to strengthen community members’ knowledge about policies and empower them to use this information to advocate for themselves at the local, state, and federal levels.”
SEARAC’s annual Leadership and Advocacy Training has graduated hundreds of alumni since 1998. An annual training is held in Washington, DC, and more recently, regional trainings have also been hosted in local communities, such as New Orleans, LA; Sacramento, CA; St. Paul, MN; Lowell, MA; and Long Beach, CA.
The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) is a national organization that advances the interests of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans by empowering communities through advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building to create a socially just and equitable society. Find out more at www.searac.org.