The CAUSE Political Institute (CPI), is a five-month fellowship program that provides political skill training as well as public policy discussion on issues most pressing to APAs in California for high-potential working professionals who are interested in running for public office and/or individuals interested in learning how to effectively advocate for their communities.
Trainings typically take place in Pasadena, CA in a roundtable setting.
Fellows must be able to commit to attending all mandatory training sessions (February 2017 – June 2017). Additional readings and assignments will be required in between sessions to ensure an optimal learning experience.
Each fellow is required to pay a $250 participation fee.
The CAUSE Political Institute (CPI) is a political leadership and advocacy training certificate program for high-potential professionals with seasoned leadership experience and a passion for serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community in California. Participants complete the program armed with the skills, knowledge and network vital to advocate for the APA community and run for elected office.
CPI trainings consist of policy seminars, skill development workshops, intimate roundtable discussions with notable leaders, and group work. Training sessions and activities are led by a unique array of seasoned politicians, campaign professionals, and other civic and issue experts who will share their best practices and personal insights.
CPI is open to participants through a nomination-only process. Elected officials at the county, state, and federal levels are invited to look within their networks to identify and nominate two candidates per year for the program: one in public service, and one from the broader community. While this program is geared towards individuals pursuing public office, the program is also highly recommended for individuals desiring community leadership roles in the private and non-profit sectors.
The program was co-founded by CAUSE and USC Dornsife’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics to ensure a pipeline of political and civic leadership for the APA community.