It’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) and, at Kenzie, we’ve been celebrating by learning about all of the amazing work being done by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the tech community. Many of us have also been learning how we can help continue fighting for the civil and human rights of Asian people, and protesting against anti-Asian hate.
At Kenzie, we know the importance of representation in the tech industry. Being able to see yourself in your field can help improve mental health, decrease feelings of impostor syndrome, and empower you to find career success. So, if you’re a Pacific Islander or Asian American professional in tech, we wanted to create a resource just for you. You can use this list of Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations to access career development, Asian American community, and promote social and economic justice.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) is a nonprofit that works to advance civil and human rights for Asian and Pacific Islanders and to build an equitable society for all people. The group also focuses on telecommunications and technology in order to fight against bias in tech. From privacy to algorithmic biases to facial recognition technology, the AAJC hopes to provide resources and conversation around these important tech issues. Learn more on the AAJC website.
Ascend Pan-Asian Leaders
Ascend Pan-Asian Leaders is the largest nonprofit membership organization for Pan-Asian business professionals in the United States. While the organization focuses more broadly on the business world, Ascend can still be a great resource for Asian American and Pacific Islanders looking to launch or lead tech businesses. Ascend offers a bevy of educational and career resources for Asian American professionals that can be useful no matter where you are in your journey. Get connected with Ascend on its website.
California Software Professional Association
The California Software Professional Association promotes leadership, community, and entrepreneurship in technology with a focus on the Asian American demographic. The organization has a 30+ year history in Silicon Valley and offers events such as mixers, startup visits, and lab tours. Getting involved with the California Software Professional Association can help California-based tech workers get connected with potential business partners, employers, and others in the software engineering field. Read more on the CSPA website.
South Pacific Islander Organization
The South Pacific Islander Organization (SPIO) works to advance the representation of the Pacific Islander community in higher education, professional fields, and in the media. The South Pacific Islander Organization achieves this mission through leadership development, storytelling, and community-building programs. Pacific Islanders in tech who are interested in networking, mentorship, and virtual events can get involved with the nonprofit’s offerings here.
API Who Design
Get connected with the movers and shakers in the design world through API Who Design. API Who Design is both an online directory of talented Asian and Pacific Islander designers and a Slack channel. On the Slack channel, you can network with others in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities, join in on conversations about what’s trending in the industry, and find solidarity. Read more about API Who Design on its website.
The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) is committed to giving back, celebrating diversity in the workplace and on campuses, and preparing engineers and scientists of Asian heritage for leadership success in the business world. Founded in 2007, SASE hopes to help Asian heritage scientists and engineers reach their full career potential. The organization has a large share of chapters to support Asian Pacific Americans in their studies and careers across the United States. Additionally, the organization offers scholarships, conventions, webinars, and an annual API women’s conference. Learn more about the organization and how you can become a member on its website.
Asians in Tech
Asians in Tech is a meetup group for Asian tech professionals in the Washington D.C. metro area. The group welcomes developers, designers, project managers, data professionals, tech entrepreneurs, and really anyone who “interacts with a computer.” Functions include happy hours, tech and leadership talks, and events focused on intersectional diversity and inclusion. Check out their upcoming events on Meetup.
Anytech is a networking group for Asian Americans in business, development, design, and investment aspects of the New York tech scene. The group does a range of both professional and casual activities including karaoke, workshops for job seekers, and discussions on current events’ effects on the tech industry. Join this group on Meetup.
Center for Asian Pacific American Women
The Center for Asian Pacific American Women fosters community, offers leadership development programming, and raises awareness of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The Center’s flagship program is the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute, which focuses on whole-person leadership development in order to help AAPI women become leaders in corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors. Learn more about the work the Center is doing here.