A Scorecard for Immigrant Leadership in America
In the first report of its kind, The New American Leaders Project released “Represent 2020: A Scorecard for Immigrant Leadership in America”. Researchers surveyed 7,382 state legislators to determine the number of Asian American and Latino elected officials currently serving in office in state government nationwide.
Their findings? Only 377 Asian American and Latinos hold elected seats in state legislatures.
Across the board, not one state legislature accurately reflects the number of Asian American and Latinos residing in their states.
NALP’s Power & Policy Conference at the White House was a success! Bringing together 50 elected officials with diverse immigrant backgrounds, conference participants discussed next steps and innovations in immigration policy and advancing immigrant leaders throughout American government.
The conference concluded in the Power & Policy Awards at Washington D.C.’s renowned Newseum. Below, NALP President and Founder Sayu Bhojwani with the evening’s honorees, Congressman Mark Takano, New York State Supreme Court Judge Doris Ling-Cohan and Colorado State Senator Jessie Ulibarri.
New American Leaders Project was recently selected to participate in Re3 StoryHack. We helped two teams of hackers write, visualize, code, and share our story. Their websites offer background on the current state of representation, and aim to shift national perspective on the need for descriptive democracy in the United States.
■ Most Likely to Shift Perspective Award
■ Audience Choice Award
A more representative government starts closer to home than you may think. If the interests of elected officials don't seem to reflect our own interests, how better to change that than to run for local office yourself? This humorous video drives home this point, and a toolkit helps anyone get started on a public campaign.
Our multi-ethnic country of immigrants is not accurately reflected in our elected officials. This interactive image collage illustrates the changing ethnicity and the increasing "majority of minorities" in the U.S. and compares it to the homogeneity of the Senate. Scroll through the diversity visualization to see the change we need to make so our government truly reflects us.