Less than two hours to go!

Just a quick reminder to any Scholars participating in our #repChangeChallenge — the deadline is TONIGHT, September 30 at 11:59 pm EDT. You have until then to submit your posts (at least 3 for this month) so you can be entered in the drawing for our prize!

Thanks for re/presenting with us and being the change you wish to see!

A Whole New World.

We live in an increasingly interconnected world. Though we may not always be aware of it, there is not a day that passes where we are not affected in some way by something or someone outside of this country. The fact of the matter is that we are globally connected in many ways, whether it is through financial support, food, trade, climate issues, migration, foreign aid, and even sporting events, as demonstrated with the recent Olympic Games. The U.S. is a multicultural country with a population that represents people from all over the world and that in itself makes the U.S. globally connected. We have a responsibility to not only each other, but also to all the other people living on the planet. As global citizens, it is our job to do all we can to help each other and make our planet a safe, healthy and happy place to live. What are you doing to live as a socially responsible global citizen?

Wow, this is so cool! I love it!

- Sarah Ha, APIASF Staff, upon viewing the prize for September’s writing challenge

Just a friendly reminder that you still have ONE MORE WEEK to respond to at least 3 of the prompts tagged with #repChangeChallenge! Eligible entries should be submitted no later than Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm EDT. Click here for more information.

A Case for a Cause.

It makes sense that we most often volunteer at or for places closest to home (physically and metaphorically). However, for today’s prompt, we invite you to take a step back and seek ways to volunteer for or promote a cause you haven’t previously supported. What “new” organization, cause or issue did you discover? In what way(s) can (or will) you support it? And how does it broaden or magnify your impact?

Register to Vote.

APIAVote LogoAs an Asian American Pacific Islander, your right to vote is one of the most valuable rights you will ever have. The freedom to choose the direction of a nation is a powerful and liberating force. Take part in guiding the direction and future of the United States of America!”

As discussed throughout this month, the change we wish to see, including the change that this country needs, won’t come on its own. It requires our involvement and registering to vote is a great place to start. In light of the upcoming election, share with us which issues are important to you and why. What empowers you to be civically engaged?

To register to vote, click here. To connect with others, check out the Facebook pages for APIAVote and Pacific Islander Vote 2012. Get out the vote!

In case you missed our first announcement, re/present is hosting a writing challenge for our Scholars during September! This month, we invite you to #repChange by reflecting on social change, personal growth and civic engagement — and then blogging about it!
Scholars who respond to at least 3 out of the 7 #repChangeChallenge prompts will be entered into a drawing for an awesome prize from re/present! For more info, click here.
The deadline to submit your responses is Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm EDT — this means you still have plenty of time to re/present! We look forward to seeing you on the other side of our submission page!
Happy blogging!

In case you missed our first announcement, re/present is hosting a writing challenge for our Scholars during September! This month, we invite you to #repChange by reflecting on social change, personal growth and civic engagement — and then blogging about it!

Scholars who respond to at least 3 out of the 7 #repChangeChallenge prompts will be entered into a drawing for an awesome prize from re/present! For more info, click here.

The deadline to submit your responses is Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm EDT — this means you still have plenty of time to re/present! We look forward to seeing you on the other side of our submission page!

Happy blogging!

Collaboration for a Common Good.

Understanding what motivates you to serve others and expressing that as a part of who you are as a leader can be powerful in fostering social change. As referenced in our initial #repChange prompt, social change is propelled by the collective action of a group of individuals with a shared vision and purpose. In what ways are you engaged in collaborating with others to reach a common good? Are there others who share your vision and purpose at home, in the classroom, your community, and/or organization?

Honoring Differences.

Today marks the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that were committed in the U.S. To honor those who have been targeted, injured, or killed due to ignorance, misunderstanding, or demonized differences, we encourage you to speak with or read about someone who has a different background than you. What did you learn or discover? Learning about another person’s background will allow you to better understand their value system and how they perceive their experiences and the world.

Walk the walk.

Change will not come without action. Hence, it is critical to translate your feelings, thoughts, and passion for change into action. Write a letter or make a video addressed to your past or future self about how you are/will be an agent of change. What actions have you taken or will you be taking to realize your vision of change?

Social change starts with you.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” While there are several factors in life that cannot be controlled, each of us ultimately has the power to choose to create the life we want to live and shape the world around us. Being the change you wish to see in the world starts with taking accountability for everything that you think, say, or do. That said, we invite you to join us in this month’s dialogue around social change, personal growth and civic engagement.

Social change builds community-based responses that address underlying social problems on an individual, institutional, community, national and/or international level. Social change can change attitudes, behaviors, laws, policies and institutions to better reflect values of inclusion, fairness, diversity and opportunity. Social change involves a collective action of individuals who are closest to the social problems to develop solutions that address social issues. - adapted from the Fund for Southern Communities

Who you are, what you know, and the people and experiences that shaped you matter. Being aware of your values, beliefs, and interests, in addition to your strengths and areas of improvement, is critical to leading and cultivating social change. Describe your personal values and beliefs. How are they related to the change you wish to see in the world?

September #repChange Writing Challenge

As a new month comes upon us, we’d like to announce the theme for September - social change, personal growth and civic engagement (#repChange). Because we think September’s theme is so important, we created a #repChange writing challenge (#repChangeChallenge). Scholars - we hope you are excited about responding to the upcoming prompts!

Scholars who submit a blog post for at least 3 out of the 7 prompts for #repChange will be entered into a drawing for a special prize. Please note that eligible responses should abide by our submission guidelines.

All responses must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm EDT on Sunday, September 30, 2012 to count towards the drawing. Only APIASF and APIASF/GMS Scholars will be eligible for the prize. For more details, click here.