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Civic Leadership USA National Internship Conference


Dear Internship Program Leader, In partnership with the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) and the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA), we welcome you to the 2019 CLUSA National Internship Conference at Santa Clara University, Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23. We are honored to have you as one of this year’s internship program leaders. You will be part of a robust program of workshops that will highlight the importance of Asian Americans in leadership and teach you core fundamentals to achieving a successful internship program.

In this packet, you will find the following:

1. Conference Schedule

2. Conference Building Locations Map

3. Directions and Parking

4. Check-in and Lodging Instructions

5. Conference Map

6. Access Card Instructions

7. Dress Code and What to Bring

8. Things to Do Around Santa Clara University

9. Check-out Instructions

10. Conference Staff and Santa Clara University Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Taylor Phang, APAPA Marketing Manager at or at (916) 529-9629.

Thank you,

Sandy Chau, CLUSA Founder and Chair

Anthony Ng, CLUSA Executive Director

Michael Chang, APALI Executive Director

Glenn Fujii, APAPA Executive Director


Please click the link 2019 CLUSA National Internship Conference Information Packet – Leader for more detailed information regarding the conference.


Hidden Treasures- Special Edition from Oliver Song

This article is written by Oliver Song who attended the Civic Leadership Forum at Ding Ding TV on March 15th 2019

I recently went to this event at a TV station. I listened to different types of heroes. One hero was talking about how he started an organization for homeless people. He cooked breakfast for homeless people. Every Sunday he would make food for the kids that would rarely get food. He would give backpacks, blankets, and other stuff that would help the people through this difficult time of struggle. Another hero talked about how he caught someone with 3 guns on the BART, and 2 robbers. The policemen thanked him over and over again, asking if he wanted anything. The man said no, I reported the person to save people not to earn a reward. Even though these people aren’t heroes like firefighters or superheroes, they still made a difference in the community. That is the definition of a hero someone who helps the community.


Civic Leadership Forum- What are challenges facing Asian Americans?

The Civic Leadership Forum is organized by Ding Ding TV and India Currents, supported by CLUSA on May 3rd at Ding Ding TV Studio.
The keynote speaker Xiaoyan Zhang, Ph.D. Data Scientist delivered and explained that Asian Americans lack a political presence, as only a handful hold elected offices at the local and national levels. He explained how “All boats are lifted when the water rises,” meaning that Asian-Americans need to work together to achieve political parity. More importantly, they must vote. He pointed out that most elections are won by 5 to 10% of votes cast; thus the participation of Asian Americans can have a significant impact.
Anthony Ng, Executive Director of CLUSA, stated that Asians have to participate to be “at the table” in national politics, even if they don’t immediately win a seat. Joel Wong, Editor for CLUSA, emphasized the importance of the presidential candidacy of Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard, who are both AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islanders) presidential candidates. Their candidacy raises the political image and awareness of Asian Americans, significant factors for the success of future Asian American candidates.
The forum closed with a performance by the top 10 Indian American dancers from the Abhinaya Dance Company, who gave an interpretation of “I Have a Dream,” the life of Martin Luther King and his leadership in the African American community. The performance reflected American multi-ethnic diversity, and the challenges minorities face in gaining civic leadership.


Thanks to our partners – Shin Shin Youth Group and Abhinaya dance company.

The 2019 National Civic Leadership Forum

As an Asian American Organization Leader, you are cordially invited to join the upcoming National Civic Leadership Forum (NCLF) in Washington DC on August 15-18, 2019.  This NCLF event is sponsored by Civic Leadership USA (CLUSA) and Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affair (APAPA) and supported by many AAPI organizations.

The long term goal of the NCLF is to build unity among a diverse group of AAPI to fight against racial bias and achieve equality for the AAPI community. The forum will provide a platform for our community to interact and build trust through collaboration. It is also an opportunity to show strength and unity and to interact and work with Congressional Members and the White House on issues pertaining to the AAPI community. The theme of this Forum is “Empowering Asian American & Pacific Islanders for 2020” – the year that the AAPI community will make a difference.

At this Forum, you will

  • Hear Keynotes by US Representatives: Ted Lieu, Judy Chu, Lloyd Doggert & Andy Kim; Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao; Fmr chief of Staff to Michelle Obama Tina Tchen, Community Leaders: C-100 President Frank H. Wu and others
  • Mingle with other AAPI leaders from around the country;
  • Gain insights in elected and appointed political or non-political leadership positions and learn the best practices;
  • Be trained for an effective congressional visit;
  • Meet top level invited Congressional & White House members: Speaker Nancy Pelosi; US Senator Mitch McConnell, US Rep. Lloyd Doggert, US Rep. Judy Chu, etc.;
  • Be empowered by the unity of diverse AAPI community.

Please register for the NCLF through our website  (Invitation Only. Free Registration. Travel subsidy up to $1000 for qualified organization sending their top executive officers.)

Please note: There are two venues that the Forum will be held: Crowne Plaza Crystal City Washington DC (September 15, 16, & 18) and the Rayburn House Office Building (September 17).

50 Guest rooms are blocked in Crowne Plaza from September 15-18 at $165/night. Please contact us at should you want to stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

To recognize the outstanding civic engagement services provided by our AAPI organizations, we have created 3 community awards to be given in our event. Please submit your nomination using the attached application form.

Looking forward to meeting with you and learning together,

Dr. SK Lo
2019 NCLF Planning & Steering Committee Chair

For more detailed information, please check the link at

Civic Leadership Forum-What are the challenges facing Asia Americans?

Asians have been in the US from the very beginning in 1849. In 1965, the Immigration and Nationality Act was a direct result of Civil Rights movements lead by Martin Luther King Jr. Most of us would not be here if it weren’t for the Civil Rights movement of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s influencing the passage of the Immigration Reforms of 1965. We need to learn to work with the other minorities to form a coalition to influence the political system.

Dance Performance: Inspiring dance performance from the top Indian American dancers at Abhinaya Dance Company will present “I Have A Dream”, the life of Martin Luther King to all attendees.

 When: May 3rd, 2019  / Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Ding Ding TV  / Address: 3350 Scott Blvd. Bldg 54, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Keynote Speaker:

Xiaoyan Zhang, Ph.D. Data Scientist, Institute for Data-Driven Public Policies

Topic – All Boats Are Lifted When Water Rises: Asian Americans Must Work Together To Achieve Multi-ethnic Democracy.


Joel Wong: CLUSA editor, President 80-20 National Asian American PA C


Soma Chatterjee: Diversity Ambassador, India Currents

Cathy Peng: CEO at ROCS Global

Angelica Cortez: Director, Investor Relations & Strategic Coalitions at Silicon Valley Leadership Group

Civic Leadership Forum-Hidden Heroes

Common heroes from Indian and Chinese communities talk about social responsibility.

How can you help others without money? Would you risk your own life to help strangers in danger?

We invite two heroes, Nathan Ganeshan and Liu Lei, from both Indian and Chinese communities in this quarter’s civic leadership forum.

Speaker 1: Nathan Ganeshan – Founder & President of the Board of Community Seva Inc.

Nathan & his family started serving hot pizza to the homeless during special family occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Over a period of time, friends and family began to join him in this endeavor. As he began to notice the interest amongst his close circle to feed the homeless, Nathan decided to found Community Seva Inc. in June 2013.


Speaker 2: Chinese hero Liu Lei – CEO of Vanguard Auto Repair and Body Shop

Fremont resident, Lei Liu, took BART train to San Francisco to watch New Year Eve fireworks. Then, he discovered a black male passenger carrying two handguns. Liu informed the train driver and called 911 at Powell Station in San Francisco. Police arrested the suspect on train at the station within a few minutes after his calling.

Our focus for this forum is to show our next generation how to take the responsibility and build a better communities in the future.We invite two heroes from communities to talk and share what they have done for communities.

Date/Time: March 15th. Supper will be served at 5:30pm, event will start at 6:00pm, end at 7:30pm.

Location: Ding Ding TV. (Free Parking Lot)



Civic Leadership Forum: How to Run a Successful Campaign

On Jan. 13th, Civic Leadership Forum was organized by APAPA and CLUSA at Ding Ding TV Studio. First-time elected officials shared their campaign experiences with attendees, and it was a great experience to learn from each other.
  • Anthony Ng, Executive Director, Civic Leadership USA
  • Gilbert Wang, Foothill-De Anza Community college Board
  • Andy Li, Contra Costa Community College District Governing Board
  • Rosa Kim, Fremont Union High School District Board
  • Jerry Liu, Cupertino Union School District Board
  • Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, Fremont Union High School District Board
  • Shawn Kumagai, Dublin City Council
  • Aisha Wahab, Hayward City Council
  • Sabina Zafar, San Ramon City Council

How to Run a Successful Campaign

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