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The OCA Civil Rights Fellowship

The 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.

Established 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.

With 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 table.

 Unlike any other OCA Program, the OCA Civil Rights Fellowship is 100% funded by members, supporters, and chapters across the country.

To 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.

Your financial 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 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.


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