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Press Release: August 31, 2021

General Motors and APAICS Launch Racial Equity & Social Justice Congressional Fellowship


WASHINGTON—Today, the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), in partnership with General Motors, announced its inaugural Racial Equity & Social Justice Congressional Fellowship. This Fellowship was created in response to the rise of anti-Asian hate and violence, and will offer opportunities for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) individuals to serve in a public policy position specifically to address racial equity and advocate for social justice. 


“Representation in the legislative process is critical to having a robust dialogue of issues that our community faces,” said Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke, president and CEO of APAICS. “We thank General Motors for recognizing this need for community voices by providing the necessary funding for a fellowship program focused on empowering the AANHPI community. This includes a greater focus to collect data on inequities that exist for AANHPIs.”


In June 2020, General Motors announced its Inclusion Advisory Board, which oversees a $10M Justice and Inclusion Fund committed to support organizations that promote inclusion and racial justice. Through this commitment, the Racial Equity & Social Justice Congressional Fellowship will provide a nine-month congressional office placement from December 2021 through August 2022.


“We’re proud to partner with the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) to create its first Racial Equity & Social Justice Congressional Fellowship,” said Reginald Humphrey, Director of DEI Partnerships at GM. “GM believes in the power of people and the empowerment of the APIA community. We are committed to driving systemic change and building alliances that advocate for social and racial equity.”


For more information, please visit www.apaics.org/congressional-fellowship. 


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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.


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