The OCA Civil Rights Fellowship
OCA Civil Rights Fellowship Program was created to provide hands-on training
for talented young Asian Pacific American (APA) leaders on issues to create
greater access to educational and economic opportunities, and strategically
address discriminatory practices, disparities, policies, hate speech, and race
motivated violence against APAs. Working with the staff at the OCA National
Center in Washington, DC, the Fellow works closely with Congress, the
Administration, and other national social justice organizations to advance the
well-being of APA communities across the country.
in 2012, the OCA Civil Rights Fellowship is committed to
training and cultivating the next generation of APA leadership through hands on experience with influential and
experienced staff, colleagues, and organizational partners in the nation’s
capital. During the one-year term, the OCA Civil Rights Fellow works to advance
the welfare and civil rights of all APAs, addressing some of the most pressing issues
that challenges the community today. To apply for the fellowship, please click here.
the introduction of the OCA Civil Rights Fellow in 2012, OCA – Asian Pacific
American Advocates has been able to address key advocacy issues nationally as
well as locally. The OCA Civil Rights Fellow acts as a critical
lifeline and resource to chapters by providing substantial and timely staff
support. Some of the key initiatives
since the establishment of the program include:
- Establishing policies and procedures in speaking out
against hate crimes, xenophobia, and other race-based incidents that occur in the community.
- Showing the community’s groundswell support by gathering
over 12,000 signatures and comments in
collaboration with local chapter OCA – New York to address hazing and
harassment in the military, resulting in a mandatory Department of Defense
service branch assessment of hazing policies.
- Assisting hundreds of aspiring Americans through local chapter pilot naturalization forums with OCA – Houston
- Mobilizing OCA’s extensive
network of chapters and affiliates for the 2012 Election Protection Project
which surveyed over 9,000 APAs in 11 states, the largest of its kind in partnership with AALDEF.
- Serving on important committees, such as the immigration and civil
rights committees, within the National Council of Asian Pacific
Americans (NCAPA) to
represent chapter and member voices on a national level.
- Staffing frequent meetings with Congress, the Administration, and other national civil rights
organizations bringing the APA voice to the
Unlike any other OCA Program, the OCA Civil Rights Fellowship is 100%
funded by members, supporters, and chapters across the country.
continue the critical advocacy work and chapter support that the OCA Civil
Rights Fellow engages in, we need your help. Our efforts would not be possible
without the generous support of donors, life yourself, who have given and
continue to give faithfully because you believe in a vision of APA engagement
and empowerment. With your gift today,
you can help strengthen, foster, and build this pipeline of APA civil rights
leaders that will ensure the sustainability and impact of OCA.
support is critical to making a difference in the lives of many enthusiastic
advocates of all ages and walks of life, enabling us to address the work that
lies before us. To make a donation to the OCA
Civil Rights Fellowship Program, please visit www.ocanational.org/?donations. Checks may be made out to "OCA” and mailed to the
OCA National Center at 1322 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.
Thank you for your consideration and continuous
support as we work toward fostering a pipeline of future APA leaders that stand
as the next generation of social justice advocates.
Learn more about the Civil Rights Fellowship Application!