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2012-2013 Email Updates

VSU Winter Week 10 Updates and Announcements

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Happy Week 10!

Hello VSU Bruins, hope studying for finals has been going well for all of you so far! Although there are no events going on this week, don’t forget to sign up to host a SEA Admit student (if you are in the dorms) and DONATE THEM SWIPESSS (if you have premier!) If you want to be involved with SEA Admit but coordinating or family head-ing isn’t really your thing, then you can still definitely help out by hosting a student and or/donating your swipes! Details for both below.

Good luck on all your finals, and see you next quarter!

Hosting a SEA Admit Student


HERE’S YOUR CHANCE! Host a Southeast Asian Admit student for this year’s SEA Admit weekend at UCLA! From Thursday night April 11th to Sunday morning April 14th.

1. Fill out a Host Sign Up form @
2. Fill out the online hosting form by ORL
(You will be emailed with the link. NOTE: THIS IS MANDATORY FOR YOU TO BE CONFIRMED AS A HOST)
3. Attend a mandatory Hosting Orientation
(Date & time: TBA)
4. Meet up with your hostee(s) on Thursday, April 11 at Rieber Fireside Lounge during your assigned time
(This information will be emailed to you later on)

If you have any questions please email

Facebook event (for reference):

Donating your Swipes (for the Good of Future Bruins)


As another way to help, we would like to ask you to donate swipes so attendees can be able to eat over the course of the entire weekend.

Only those with PREMIER PLANS can donate, and these swipes will come from your SPRING QUARTER SWIPES. Our goal is to get 800 SWIPES by MARCH 22.

1. Fill out this swipe donation app @

****NOTE: It’s not over once you fill this form out. Once this is done, you MUST physically sign a form indicating that you consent to your donation. It is CRITICAL that you indicate your availability because WE WILL COME TO YOU SO YOU CAN SIGN THIS.

If you have any questions/concerns, please email or


Facebook event (for reference):

2012-2013 Email Updates

VSU Winter Week 9 Updates and Announcements

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Happy Week 9!

As winter comes to an end, so does another quarter at UCLA–meaning finals are right around the corner. Yikes! But don’t stress! Come out to our GM and SEA CLEAR’s Wellness Workshop for some quick study breaks as well as destressing to some good vibes. Hope to see y’all out at our events this week!

VSU Week 9 GM: Keep Calm and Eat Cookies

Where: The area above the Hilltop Store (to the left of Rieber Steps)

When: Wednesday, March 6th, 6:00PM – 7:30PM

Facebook: Click!

Finals are coming up real soon! Don’t panic though.  Come de-stress and have some fun at VSU’s Week 9 GM!  We’ll have free diddy riese cookies and blue books for you all as well!

SEA CLEAR Finals Care Packages

Energy food, stationery goodies, blue books and more for ONLY $5!! Surprise your friends, mentors, and/or mentees with a fun care package to help get them through finals!

Delivery available to the Hill, ALL Access and Retention projects cubicles in the Student Activities Center, and the SEA CLEAR cubicle in SAC 105A for pick-up by your special recipient or self-delivery. Deliveries will be done in week 10.

Orders accepted online or in-person with forms available at the SEA CLEAR cubicle. ORDERS ACCEPTED UNTIL FRIDAY OF WEEK 9 (March 8th).

or fill out THIS FORM.

SEA CLEAR Smile, You’re BEAUTIFUL Video Contest

You are BEAUTIFUL, no matter what they say
Words can’t bring you down~

Everyday, we are bombarded with expectations and put-downs on how we look, what we do, and who we are.


So let’s spread a positive message of love! By loving yourself, you are able to love others.

In correspondence with Student Wellness Commission’s I Love My Body Week, SEA CLEAR Wellness decided to host a video contest to promote awareness and the importance of loving ourselves for who we are! 🙂

The RULES are simple! Create a 2 min video in response to at least one of the 3 questions! And submit your project on this event page!

1. What is beautiful to you?
2. What makes you beautiful?
3. What is one thing that you love about yourself?

PRIZE: The winner will be announced on the event page by the Friday of week 10. Winner will receive SEA CLEAR T-shirt and a $20 UCLA Store Gift Card!

DEADLINE: March 8th, 2013 @ 5pm

QUESTIONS? Contact Annie Kao, SEA CLEAR Wellness Coordinator at

SEA CLEAR Wellness Workshop #3: LOVE and BE LOVED.

Where: SAC ROTC Room 120P

When: Friday, March 8th, 5:00PM – 6:30PM


Wellness Workgroup presents to you the LAST wellness workshop for the quarter! We will be learning about body image, self esteem, and how your culture, and family affects the way you perceive yourself and your body.


Because you’re beautiful
No matter what they say
Words can’t bring you down
Oh no
You’re beautiful
In every single way
Yes words can’t bring you down
Oh no
So don’t you bring me down today

SEA CLEAR Wellness Volunteer Application is OUT!

DESCRIPTION: Wellness volunteers will be members of the SEA CLEAR Wellness Workgroup. The workgroup will plan and facilitate workshops to create a safe space for students to discuss, relate, and address wellness issues. This is a rare opportunity to facilitate a culturally specific program that promotes retention through wellness. This position is ideal for students interested in gaining more experience in public health, community health, Asian American communities, and higher education.

QUALIFICATIONS: We are seeking undergraduate students who are either familiar with or willing to learn more about Southeast Asian community conditions and its impact on the well-being of Southeast Asians in higher education. Wellness volunteers will have the unique opportunity to facilitate a holistic wellness program. Volunteers will learn more about Southeast Asian wellness issues and build leadership, public speaking, and programming skills. Volunteers will work closely with on-campus stakeholders who play a role in student wellness, including but not limited to representatives from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the LGBT Center.


  • Quarter long commitment
  • 3-4 hours per week includes: workgroup meetings, wellness workshops, other duties pertaining to the development of the Wellness component

DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13TH AT 5PM to the SEA CLEAR cubicle, SAC Room 105 to the Wellness Coordinator’s mailbox. There will be interviews for the selection process. Once the application is received, you will be contacted for phone or in person interview. The applicant will be notified of the result by the end of this quarter. HARD COPY APPLICATION ONLY!

IF YOU WANT THE APPLICATION OR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, contact the Wellness Coordinator, Annie Kao, at

OCA Seeking Applications for Civil Rights Fellowship


21 February 2013

Tom Hayashi | Executive Director
202 223 5500

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being APAs, is seeking qualified candidates for the OCA Civil Rights Fellowship. Through its 80 chapters and affiliates across the country, OCA touches over 10,000 APA advocates by embracing the hopes and aspirations of Asian Pacific Americans. Applicants may apply online HERE.

The OCA Civil Rights Fellowship is a national advocacy fellowship based at the OCA National Center in Washington, D.C. which seeks to organize and mobilize the chapter networks across the country to support the building of individual and community capacity for greater civic engagement among Asian Pacific Americans.

The key components of this program include but not limited to:

  • Naturalization Assistance
  • Voter Registration
  • Hate Crimes Education and Monitoring
  • Public Policy

The Fellow will work directly and collaborate with the OCA Chapters through series of turn-key projects. The ultimate objective of this program is to create a movement of APAs that embrace the vision of robust civic engagement that fosters a strong democratic society for generations to come.

The methodologies used to promote civic engagement include:

  • Issue specific public education programming
  • Volunteer mobilization activities
  • Community leadership summits and town hall meetings

Candidate Requisites

  • Strong cross-sectional analysis around civil rights issues related to civic engagement activities (including naturalization process and voter mobilization), race relations, immigration, economic development, access to institutional and non-institutional resources and hate crimes within the framework of these issues impacting Asian Pacific American (APA) communities.
  • History of demonstrated experience in leading community based advocacy efforts within culturally diverse communities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently to provide hands-on project management through all phases of project development process:  Research, planning (development of time-lines, work plans, and budget), implementation, tracking, and evaluation.
  • Experience with presentation, facilitation and training to small as well as large groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to write in an accurate, concise, and audience appropriate manner on complex public policy issues.
  • When appropriate, be prepared to interact with the public including the media—able to direct inquiries to the appropriate organizational spokespersons.
  • Supervise staff and interns as assigned by the Executive Director according to existing organizational policies and procedures as well as human resource best-practices.
  • Serve as the primary staff liaison and support to the advisory groups for each of the projects/programs assigned.
  • Applicant eligibility includes U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and individuals with a valid work visa or work permit, including those issued under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Additional Qualifications:

  • At minimum, undergraduate degree in political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, law, public administration, or a related field. Advanced degree preferred (i.e. MA/MS/MPA, MBA, JD, PhD)
  • Proven history of developing and maintaining positive organizational relationships with community based organizations, government agencies, and corporations through the use of communication media.
  • Experience in event planning and programming which requires management of logistics—especially for such project as training, town halls, press conferences, panel discussions, etc.
  • Ability to manage constituent database and website content software.
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Proficiency in the use of informational technology to fulfill the work requirements including common work productivity software and hardware, i.e. MS Office suites, Adobe Acrobat, etc.
  • Strong organization and time management skills.

Additional Qualifications (Continued):

  • Proven ability to manage, motivate and coach staff, interns and volunteers with diverse backgrounds and abilities.
  • Ability to exercise creativity with consistency with utmost integrity.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Capacity to maintain professional demeanor while working under significant pressure.
  • Capacity to work in a fast paced and flexible environment.
  • High level of personal energy.
  • Interest and commitment to Asian Pacific American advocacy issues.
  • Willingness to work nights/weekends and to travel periodically as required.

Location and Duration:

To be based in Washington, DC at the OCA National Center for 12 Months, starting July 1, 2013.  The fellow must be able to relocate for this opportunity after acceptance—no relocation costs are included in the fellowship.


$35,000 to $40,000 per year depending on experience, plus health benefits (the Fellow may elect to enroll in dental benefits at her/his expense) and two weeks of vacation.


Interested individuals should apply by submitting the following:

  1. Copy of the official transcript from a degree issuing institution.
  2. Application
  3. CV or Resume
  4. Two (2) Professional References and two (2) Personal References
  5. Two (2) essays (prompts provided in the application)
  6. Two (2) Work Product Samples:
    1. Work Plan with time-lines indicating assigned leads or person responsible for fulfilling documented activity.
    2. Budget for activities, projects, or programs managed.

Deadline for applications is March 25, 2013 online at: or postmarked to: OCA 1322 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036. Applications and questions regarding this posting can be submitted to Kendall Kosai, OCA Civil Rights Fellow at or (202) 223-5500 ext. 121.