Leadership and Advocacy Training 2018


What is SEARAC's Leadership and Advocacy Training? Who should apply?

LAT is intended for emerging advocates from Southeast Asian American (SEAA) and ally communities who want to learn how to advocate for policy change. In the past, LAT participants have included staff of community-based organizations, individual leaders, and students from undergraduate and graduate programs. We encourage community members and allies interested in learning more about education, health, or immigration policy, effective communication and framing, and how to advocate for policy change to apply.

We welcome individuals from all 50 states to apply. Because of key opportunities in the Senate, we especially encourage applications from community members in California, Texas, Minnesota, Florida, and Wisconsin.

When and where is LAT this year?

LAT will be held June 20-22, 2018, in Washington, DC.

Why should I attend LAT?

The goal of LAT is to develop advocacy leaders for SEAA communities. SEARAC will present the general landscape of policies that support or threaten SEAA communities, especially related to immigration, health, and education. Each LAT participant will learn to talk about these policies and how they impact their own lives, their families, or their communities in a way that can move a policymaker to action. The training culminates in a day of advocacy visits with Congressional representatives and/or their staff, enabling participants to apply the advocacy skills they have learned from the previous days.

What else can I expect at LAT?

In addition to learning about policy and effective communication techniques, the SEARAC team strives to create a safe space where all participants feel comfortable sharing their stories and learning from and with one another. We aim to empower participants with the skills to effectively weave these narratives into their advocacy, both during LAT and when they return to their communities.

LAT alumni offered the following advice to future participants:

"Don't be afraid. It is a process. Your voice is powerful. You are powerful. Your lived experiences and stories are powerful."

"This isn't only about work but about the people in your community and staying strong together."

"I arrived at LAT with a million things on my plate at home. I needed to just get through the conference so I could get back to work, but as soon as I arrived, I was engaged and invigorated by what was covered by the LAT facilitators. I was moved by speakers and encouraged by mentors. The conference refreshed my mind and reignited my passion for advocating for social justice."

How does SEARAC financially support participants?

SEARAC will cover the majority of travel and lodging expenses for participants living outside of the Washington, DC area, but participants may be responsible for a portion of their travel costs. SEARAC will also provide meals at the training venue, but participants will be responsible for their own meals in the evenings.

When are applications due?

Applications are due February 28, 2018. Applicants should expect final decisions and invitations by March 30, 2018.

What should I do if I have more questions?

Please email any additional questions to SEARAC's Training Manager, Alyssa Tulabut.

Training dates: June 20-22, 2018

Applications for our 2018 LAT program are now closed.