Press Releases | 03.20.17

Young Leaders Summit | Boston, MA

For Immediate Release:

March 20, 2017

APAICS Young Leaders Summit in Boston, MA

BOSTON – March 25, 2017 –  The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is partnering with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Asian Pacific American Caucus and the Asian American Policy Review to host the Rise Up: Young Leaders Summit in Boston to politically engage Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) graduate students in the area.  

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On March 25, the Young Leaders Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Emerson College followed by a Community Reception at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The Rise Up: Young Leaders Summit is a one-day conference designed to engage with college student leaders and promote leadership in public service.  Attendees will interact with other young leaders who are eager to learn more about engaging in public service and how they can transfer skills from their academic life to the real world. They will also have the opportunity to develop relationships with distinguished leaders in government, nonprofit and the private sector. This event is free to register, and food will be provided. The attire is business casual.  Click here to register for this event.


“APAICS is really excited to work with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Asian Pacific American Caucus to bring a Young Leaders Summit to the city of Boston. This is APAICS’ second Young Leaders Summit in 2017, and we are very committed to developing and expanding more programs targeted toward young leaders. We believe that Boston is the perfect location to host a Young Leaders Summit because there is a major AAPI population in the area. As the state of Massachusetts is home to nearly half a million AAPIs as well as many of our nation’s most renowned institutions, engaging and connecting with young leaders in the Boston area is crucial,” said Cathy He, APAICS Program Director.


The Rise Up: Young Leaders Summit will include many speakers and workshops that will equip participants with skills to become an effective leader and create positive change through public service and civic engagement. During the summit, President of the US-Japan Council Irene Hirano Inouye and Commissioner of the Asian American Commission of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Dr. Elisa Choi will be in attendance for keynote remarks.  

“We are excited to have Ms. Hirano Inouye and Dr. Choi join us at the summit to share their stories and experiences in public service,” said He.  “After the summit, we are thrilled to work with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center to host our Community Reception. Summit attendees will be able to meet with local community leaders and partner organizations as they build their academic and professional networks moving forward. This will be a great event for community members in the region to meet and connect with young leaders entering careers in various fields who share a commitment to AAPI representation and diversity.”


The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. APAICS programs focus on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge, and filling the political pipeline for Asian Pacific Americans to pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels.



Jason Liu
Communications Consultant
Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)
(202) 296-9200
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