Asian-American students spent a day in Washington to discuss issues facing people from the Asia-Pacific region at the Obama administration’s agenda for Asian-American and Pacific Islander youth.
It was a daylong summit in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next door to the White House, on Jan. 12 for a Youth Leadership Briefing.
Together approximately 200 student leaders from universities and high schools across the nation came to hear President Obama’s initiatives on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, discuss possible future programs, and share information about activism on their campuses.
“It’s a great chance for us to learn more from each other and bring back our experience to Penn,” says Michelle Leong, a junior in Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and chair of Penn’s Asian Pacific Student Coalition, the umbrella organization for 19 groups representing the interests of the Asian Pacific American community.
Before this meeting, some students weren’t aware of the President’s agenda for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
The students hope the dialogue started at this meeting will continue. Obama administration organizers discussed holding regional meetings in the future.
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