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JACL/OCA Leadership Summit 2016: Advancing Leaders of Tomorrow

The annual JACL (Japanese American Citizenship League)/OCA Leadership Summit will be held from Saturday, February 27 – Tuesday March 1, 2016. The 3-night, 3-day intensive civil rights and advocacy seminar is designed to train 15 OCA and 15 JACL members in foundational and advanced advocacy strategies. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from members of Congress, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Administration officials, government agencies, as well as partner organizations in the Washington, DC social justice community.


Past leadership conferences have presented opportunities to meet community champions such as Senator Daniel Inouye (HI), Senator Mazie Hirono (HI), Representative Mike Honda (CA), Representative David Wu (OR), former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, EEOC Commissioner Stuart Ishimaru, among many others.

This year, OCA will cover the costs of rooms and travel up to $400 or with Southwest vouchers. OCA participants must pay $150 which will cover breakfast, lunch, and program expenses.


Applications are open from November 24, 2015 – January 8, 2016, and we encourage OCA chapter leaders to nominate members to apply. Applicants will be notified of whether or not they have been accepted into the summit by email on January 15, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Justin Trinidad at the number and email listed below.


Summary of Information


Dates: Saturday, February 27 – Tuesday, March 1, 2016


Location: Washington, D.C.


Eligibility: OCA members who have paid their current OCA membership dues. (Note: Only ONE application from each chapter will be selected, but chapters can nominate more than one applicant.)


Cost: $150 registration fee covers breakfast and lunch, accommodations, and travel.


Deadline: Friday, January 8, 2016




Contact: If you have any questions, please contact Justin Trinidad at (202) 223-5500 ext. 116 or


The JACL/OCA Leadership Summit is generously sponsored by




Southwest is the official airline of the JACL/OCA Leadership Summit


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