Rising: AAPI Engagement and the 2020 Elections


Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 4:00pm to 5:00pm


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This event concluded on October 6, 2020. View the original description and event recording below.

The national reckoning on racial inequity, amidst the continued spread of Covid-19, has spurred major efforts to ensure full participation and a strong turnout in November’s elections. This is particularly true among the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community – the fastest growing minority group and a major voting bloc. Join us for a conversation with leading practitioners in the field on the importance and state of current efforts to engage AAPI voters, AAPIs’ role and connection to the Black Lives Matter movement, and the stakes of the upcoming election.


Terry Ao Minnis, Senior Director of Census and Voting Programs, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC.

In her role at AAJC, Terry has led the effort for a full count of all Americans, and was part of the legal team successfully opposing the administration’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.  She is the Co-chair of the Census Task Force of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and one of the National Organization of Women’s “Suffrage 100”.

Alexis Anderson-Reed, CEO, State Voices

Alexis has been CEO of State Voices for two years, leading the efforts of state affiliate ‘tables’ to register voters and build enduring organizations amplifying the voice and power of communities of color in 25 states around the country. She previously worked with the Funders’ Committee on Civic Participation, and as Director of Wisconsin Voices.

Sayu Bhojwani, Founder and President, New American Leaders.

Through her work with New American Leaders, Sayu has been an engine of efforts to encourage leaders of immigrant communities to take on leadership roles including running for public office.  Prior to NAL, she was the Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs for the City of New York, and the founder of South Asian Youth Alliance in Queens.

Nick Sung (Moderator), Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus, Harvard Kennedy School

Nick Sung is a second-year student of public policy and co-chair of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Caucus at the Harvard Kennedy School. He studies promoting diversity and inclusion in the U.S. Foreign Service and conflict prevention in the Indo-Pacific.

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