APAICS, GM launch Racial Equity & Social Justice Congressional Fellowship


Congressional Fellows | Source: APAICS

NEW YORK – In response to the rise of anti-Asian hate and violence, the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), in partnership with General Motors (GM) has launched the Racial Equity & Social Justice Congressional Fellowship.

The Fellowship will offer opportunities for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) individuals to serve in a public policy position specifically to address racial equity and advocate for social justice.

“Representation in the legislative process is critical to having a robust dialogue of issues that our community faces,” said Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke, president, and CEO of APAICS. “We thank General Motors for recognizing this need for community voices by providing the necessary funding for a fellowship program focused on empowering the AANHPI community. This includes a greater focus to collect data on inequities that exist for AANHPIs.”

In June 2020, General Motors announced its Inclusion Advisory Board, which oversees a $10M Justice and Inclusion Fund committed to supporting organizations that promote inclusion and racial justice. Through this commitment, the Racial Equity & Social Justice Congressional Fellowship will provide a nine-month congressional office placement from December 2021 through August 2022.

“We’re proud to partner with the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) to create its first Racial Equity & Social Justice Congressional Fellowship,” said Reginald Humphrey, Director of DEI Partnerships at GM. “GM believes in the power of people and the empowerment of the APIA community. We are committed to driving systemic change and building alliances that advocate for social and racial equity.”

According to APAICS, the Fellowship is designed for young AAPI professionals looking to increase their experience in public policy and service. The program places Fellows in congressional offices to gain policy experience as part of the legislative team. It provides Fellows with opportunities to build their leadership skills, encourages political engagement, and fosters interest in a public service career.

In addition, APAICS said that Racial Equity Fellows will:

  • research and analyze community-based recommendations along with key public policy initiatives that affect economic opportunity, structural racism, and health equity
  • work in Congressional members’ offices, utilize their own experiences providing a racial lens in their field
  • help draft public policy, attend briefings, observe committee hearings, conduct research, write speeches
  • develop rapport with key leaders in all areas of social justice allowing for continued representation of Asian Americans in the public policy process; and,
  • work with the tri-caucus constituencies (The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute) to enhance existing relationships and educating them on Stop-Asian Hate while strengthening coalition-building

The applications for the 2022 Racial Equity Fellowship have closed. Applications for the next 2022-2023 Fellowship cycle will open in November 2021. For further information about the program, eligibility requirements, application guidelines, and selection process, visit https://www.apaics.org/fellowship-details. For questions, contact programs@apaics.org

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