Cambodian American Summit on Anti-Asian Violence
Our partners at the National Cambodian American Organization (NCAO) invite community members to participate in a virtual summit on anti-Asian American violence this Saturday, Apr. 3:

NCAO would like to invite all community leaders and members to this important summit to share critical information, experiences, and strategies for advancing Cambodian American concerns, and for promoting the community's wellbeing. This Summit is an opportunity for networking and collaboration among community-based organizations, both secular and faith-based, student and young professional associations, and individual community members. Please join this important conversation!  
Join us for a virtual workshop series on the mental health needs of Southeast Asian Americans in Butte County, CA
SEARAC is joining the Hmong Cultural Center of Butte County and the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) for a series of four virtual workshops on the mental health needs of Hmong Americans in California.

The series will include two listening sessions and two local advocacy events. Community participants from Butte County will receive a $50 Visa gift card and a 50 lb bag of rice for joining these events. 

The workshop series will be facilitated by psychologist Dr. Ghia Xiong. Dr. Xiong came as a refugee to the United States, first to Portland, OR, before his parents moved the family to Fresno, CA. He graduated with highest honors from California State University of Fresno and Alliant International University in the California School of Professional Psychology. He has presented on a number of Hmong topics and served as an expert witness relating to Hmong cultural, beliefs, and practices. 
Voices for Change: Revolutionizing Health Equity
From Feb. 9-11, SEARAC co-sponsored the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN)’s virtual biennial conference, Voices for Change: Revolutionizing Health Equity. Over 350 participants from around California, including policymakers, health advocates, experts, community members, and allies, came together to reflect on the November election, discuss where the Federal administration will take our country’s health policies, and share how we can rebuild our communities after the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference included fifteen exciting sessions including opening plenaries, workshops, and office hours. Click here for recordings and resources for all the workshops. 
Civic Engagement
Solutions for improving the mental health of SEAAs in California
In partnership with organizations and individuals across California, SEARAC has proudly released a new report, The Right To Heal: Southeast Asian Mental Health in California, which highlights the mental health challenges, community-led solutions and best practices, and policy recommendations for improving the mental health of Southeast Asian Americans in California. The report points to a number of policy recommendations that can be implemented at the state and local levels to support improved mental health among our communities. Help us share these solutions with elected officials, care providers, and more using the toolkit below.
Demand a New Way Forward for Southeast Asian Americans
Take Action: Help spread the word about the reintroduction of the New Way Forward Act and urge elected officials to support this vital legislation. It’s time to take bold steps to dismantle anti-Asian violence and the deep, systemic problems of racism and xenophobia that permeate the immigration and criminal legal system. We #SEAAaNewWayForward and you can join us in calling on Congress to support the New Way Forward Act!
CA’s VISION Act aims to stop ICE transfers in the state
A broad coalition of immigrant and civil rights groups hailed the introduction of the VISION Act, AB 937, by Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (AD-51). The VISION Act would ensure that an immigrant deemed eligible for release from state prison or local jail in California would not be turned over to ICE detention and instead would be able to reunite with their family and community. We must #StopICEtransfers to keep families whole, build healthy communities, and send a powerful message across the nation that CA protects immigrant and refugee communities. Click here for a digital toolkit to support the #VISIONAct.
Meet Our New Interns
Kevin Quach: Field Intern
Kevin serves as SEARAC’s Spring 2021 field intern. He is currently a junior undergraduate student at Yale University, double majoring in psychology and history of science, medicine, and public health. Born and raised in the Bay Area, California, he is a first-generation Hakka-Vietnamese American who is passionate about improving the health and well-being of marginalized communities that have historically faced challenges with accessing quality resources necessary to lead healthy lives. He is particularly interested in learning more about how advocacy and community organizing can serve as powerful structural-level interventions that address social determinants of health and reduce health disparities. Prior to coming to SEARAC, he has worked in several AAPI advocacy spaces, serving as the co-moderator for the Asian American Students Alliance on campus at Yale and working as a policy intern at OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates. Outside of AAPI advocacy work, he also helps conduct research on how trauma impacts developmental trajectories of mental health, works as a student patient navigator for refugees in New Haven, and volunteers as a Medical Reserve Corp for the New Haven Department of Public Health. In his free time, you can catch him in the kitchen cooking and baking or driving around the California highways with no destination in mind, but always arriving somewhere to catch a quick sunset.
Shania Khoo: Communications Intern
As an intern, Shania works to amplify SEARAC's communications efforts by supporting the work of the director of communications and development and the field and policy teams. 

Shania is in their third year at Duke University, pursuing a Program II (individualized degree program) in critical race and ethnic studies. As a 1.5 generation Malaysian immigrant, they are passionate about creating and being in learning and growing spaces that work to better understand and dismantle structures of power and oppressive institutions. In this vein, Shania is excited to work with an organization that centers Southeast Asian American as a political identity. 

At Duke, she is deeply involved in the fight for Asian American studies, and in 2019, she helped launch the first issue of Margins, a publication inviting Asian/Americans to engage in more nuanced conversations to radically understand identity. Beyond Duke, they are involved in Community Empowerment Fund, a nonprofit that combines person-centered support with financial services that pursue racial and economic equity. She is also on the East Coast Asian American Student Union National Board as the current advocacy director and past high school program coordinator. In her free time, you can find her playing Animal Crossing, crocheting her own clothes, and trying to emulate her mom's cooking. 
Diverse Elders Coalition is hiring a part-time trainer
The Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) is seeking an experienced, passionate educator and coordinator to lead our coalition’s growing presence in the field of training around diverse family caregivers. The DEC’s Trainer will be responsible for supporting and implementing trainings, representing our members and our work at public events, and communicating with the DEC’s National Director and members. Learn more and apply here.
Occupational therapy research for AAPI caregivers
Graduate students of occupational therapy at California State University, Dominguez Hills are conducting research on Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) caregivers to those with dementia investigating spirituality, quality of life, caregiver burden, stigma, filial piety, and overall coping. Participants will electronically complete a 25-30 minute survey, and the findings will be used to educate occupational therapy practitioners. If interested, please email
OMH minority research grant program opportunity
Administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH), the Minority Research Grant Program (MRGP) is proud to release a notice of funding opportunity for researchers at minority-serving institutions (MSIs). Two awards up to $250,000 will be made to one or more eligible institutions to further health equity research and help CMS better meet the needs of minority populations. Review the notice of funding opportunity CMS-1W1-21-002. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, June 11, 2021, at 3:00 pm ET.
Researchers seeking input from multiracial bisexual older adults
Are you bisexual, 50+ years old, and more than one race or ethnicity? Share your story by participating in a health and wellbeing study sponsored by The Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University. Participation in this study will involve a 90-minute Zoom audio interview, and participants will receive a $50 Amazon gift card for their time. If you are interested, please follow this link to fill out a brief online screening questionnaire:
Mentorship opportunities
Asian Women for Health
Applications are currently open for Asian Women for Health’s mentorship and community-building program, InterGenerAsians Circle. AWFH is a peer-led, community-based network dedicated to advancing Asian women’s health and wellness through education, advocacy, and support.

  • Mentees are selected on a first-come, first-serve basis and can find the registration form here.
  • Mentors are selected after a brief application process and can find their application form here. Mentor applications are due Mar. 31.
UC Berkeley Southeast Asian Coalition Summer Institute Program

UC Berkeley’s Southeast Asian Coalition Summer Institute Program (SASC SI) has opened its mentor and mentee applications, looking for high school students, college undergraduate, recent graduates and graduate students who are interested in learning more about their Southeast Asian identities. Apply to be a mentor here. Apply to be a mentee here.
Let us know about your upcoming events
If you have an event or campaign that you would like SEARAC to promote to our communities, please fill out this form to let us know! We recommend alerting us to your event at least two weeks in advance of the date to allow time for processing. If you have any questions about your submission, please email
SEARAC is a national civil rights organization that empowers Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese American communities to create a socially just and equitable society. As representatives of the largest refugee community ever resettled in the United States, SEARAC stands together with other refugee communities, communities of color, and social justice movements in pursuit of social equity. 

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