SEARAC's Leadership and Advocacy Training (LAT) Application
These initial questions are demographic questions we use to help us gather as inclusive a pool of applicants and participants as possible. Some of the information will be used when reviewing your application. We may also use the state that applicants are located when reviewing your application. However your advocacy experience and essay answers will be the primary determining factors in your application.

First Name *
Your answer
Last Name *
Your answer
Please help us pronounce your name.
(Not Required)
Your answer
Home Address *
Your answer
City *
Your answer
State *
Your answer
Zip Code *
Your answer
Email Address *
Your answer
Phone Number *
Your answer
Organization/Affiliation *
Submit "Individual" if not associated with or not attending on behalf of an organization
Your answer
Job Title *
Submit "Individual" if not associated with or not attending on behalf of an organization
Your answer
Ethnicity (Bhutanese, Cambodian or Khmer, Hmong, Japanese, Laotian, u-Mien, Vietnamese, etc.) *
(You may list more than one ethnicity)
Your answer
Age *
Your answer
Please identify your gender for rooming purposes. We will try our best to accommodate your request. *
(I identify as _____ and would like to room with someone who identifies as _____)
Your answer
Are you currently a student? *
If you are a current student, please note school and anticipated graduation year
Your answer
What is the highest level of education you have completed? *
(For example, if you are currently a student pursuing a 2-year or 4-year degree, you would select "Some College Level Education")
If you have previously applied for LAT, please note the year (or years) you have applied
Your answer
Essay Questions
These questions will be the primary determining factors in your application.
Issue Area 1st Choice *
Issue Area 2nd Choice *
Issue Area 3rd Choice *
Please select all areas of your advocacy experience *
No experience - have not participated
Experienced - participated only
Very Experienced - have organized and participated
Town Hall Meetings
Signature Campaign
School Board Meeting
City Council Meeting
Met with locally elected official(s)
Met with state elected official(s)
Met with federally elected official(s)
County Office Visit
State Agency Visit
Federal Agency Visit
If you have other advocacy experience(s), please share below
(e.g. working with coalitions, digital advocacy, advocacy thru art, etc.)
Your answer
Essay Question 1: What do you expect to gain, professionally and/or personally, from participating in LAT? Are there tools, skills, knowledge, or experiences you want to gain from LAT? *
Suggested word limit of 500. However going over will not negatively impact your application.
Your answer
Essay Question 2: Please describe your personal and/or professional experiences with Southeast Asian American communities. If you do not have any experience, please state how your involvement in LAT fits with your personal and/or professional goals. *
Suggested word limit of 500. However going over will not negatively impact your application.
Your answer
Essay Question 3: Briefly describe why you chose your first priority issue area. (Education, Health, Immigration) *
Suggested word limit of 500. However going over will not negatively impact your application.
Your answer
Essay Question 4: Briefly describe how your background has influenced your values. *
Suggested word limit of 500. However going over will not negatively impact your application.
Your answer
Who are your US Senators? *
Your answer
Who is your US Representative? *
Your answer
Is there anything you would like our selection committee to consider regarding your application (e.g. barriers to your participation, etc.) ?
Your answer
Acknowledgements
Please note you will be asked to share personal testimonies with your peers and policymakers.

Should you be accepted as a participant and accept our invitation to attend, you commit to the following:

A) Participate in all pre-training sessions, workshops/activities during the training, and work related to the training. Once accepted, we will propose dates for pre-training sessions. If they conflict with your schedule, please communicate this with Souvan or the SEARAC policy staff for your issue area.

B) Share personal testimonies with your peers and policymakers. In the past, we have asked some participants to identify community members and briefly interview them about issues related to their child's education.

C) SEARAC will provide lodging for all participants. Once accepted, you will receive further instructions on your accommodations.

Release Form
This WILL NOT impact your application. This will let us know whether or not we can take photos of you and possibly use it in our grant reports, blogs, social media posts, etc.
SEARAC has permission to use my name and likeness to promote SEARAC's programs, its affiliated partners, and/or their activities. *
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