JACL/OCA Leadership Summit

The annual JACL (Japanese American Citizenship League)/OCA Leadership Summit will be held from Saturday, April 7 – Tuesday, April 10, 2018. 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 January 16, 2018 – February 12, 2018, 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 February 16, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Sina Uipi at the number and email listed below.

Summary of Information
Dates: Saturday, April 7 – Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Location: Washington, D.C.
Eligibility: Individual must be 18 or older and committed to learning more about their role in advocacy and the civil rights landscape. Applicants must be members of their closest OCA chapter.
Cost: $150 registration fee covers breakfast and lunch, accommodations, and travel.
Deadline: February 12, 2018
Contact: If you have any questions, please contact Sina Uipi at (202) 223-5500 ext. 116 or suipi@ocanational.org

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