CAUSE Internship Research Projects
Those Who Serve: A Report on Asian American/Pacific Islander Service Members - 2013 CAUSE Leadership Academy Research Project
This research paper covers the lack of resources that are available and accessible to the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) service members and their families. Through researching the topic, it has been discovered that there is a specific lack of information pertaining to the prevalent issues that are currently facing AAPI service members. It is believed that there are minimal ethnic specific resources because there is a lack of data to illustrate the need. This project will discuss three subjects and will identify how each subject illustrates the importance of providing culturally and linguistically sensitive resources to AAPI service members and to their families. The project will first discuss matters related to the recruitment rate of AAPI members and how it is important to have culturally and linguistically competent recruitment officials. Secondly, the project will describe prevalent mental health issues that impact the AAPI community and explore how those same issues are magnified in its service member community. Third, the paper will cover the issue of hazing in the military and reveal how AAPI service members can be mistreated because of their cultural and ethnic background. This project will conclude with several recommendations on how the federal, state, and local government can impact the creation of more culturally sensitive resources.
The People's Guide to Redistricting - 2012 CAUSE Leadership Academy Research Project
This research paper discusses the importance of redistricting on all levels of government: federal, state, and local. First, it explores the history and background of redistricting. Next, it compares different approaches to redistricting, analyzing the pros and cons of each approach. At California’s state level, an independent commission of community members is used to draft the lines, whereas at the local level for the City of Los Angeles, a commission of community members is appointed by elected officials to propose the new districts. Keeping the comparisons in mind, this paper takes a closer look at the redistricting controversy over Koreatown at the city level. Through in-depth investigation of the reasons behind the controversy and its effects on Koreatown’s constituents, this paper aims to provide insight on the role redistricting plays in communities. The final part of the paper offers different ways that citizens can contribute to the redistricting process, fulfilling our purpose of educating the public and empowering the public to engage in politics. Ultimately, the paper posits a change at the local level of redistricting in the City of Los Angeles; appointed commissions should be abolished and transformed in the direction of the independent commission used at the state level in California so as to best represent the needs and rights of each individual in the community.
Action, Power, Influence: Profiles in Courage - 2011 CAUSE Leadership Academy Research Project
The number of Asian Pacific Islander elected officials is rising. Today, there are many examples in our federal, state, and local governments. However, as a community there is more that we can do. The 2011 CAUSE Leadership Academy interns took CAUSE's mission to heart and decided to focus on the issue of political empowerment as the topic of their group research project. The interns felt that the best way to empower the Asian American community to get involved was to show them examples of Asian Americans who are currently involved. The interns chose eleven individuals to profile and conducted interviews with them. They chose these individuals from local communities because the individuals represent a wide variety of backgrounds and took different paths into politics. Some came to the United States as immigrants, some got involved in politics as young adults, others transitioned from community leaders to political leaders, and others were the trailblazers who broke the glass ceilings. Through these case studies, the interns hope to motivate and inspire Asian Americans to become more involved in government because politics affects our everyday lives. As a community, we owe much more to ourselves and to each other to have a voice in the political process.
The Social Media Handbook - 2010 CAUSE Leadership Academy Research Project
The 19th class of interns researched the ways in which social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, websites, etc.) could effectively be used in community outreach. They compiled their research in an easy-to-read handbook! The interns hope that elected officials, non-profits, and community members would see the full potential of social media as a way to facilitate open dialogue and promote unity among different groups.