MOVE aims to bridge the on-campus and off-campus Asian American (AA) community and develop the next generation of AAPI community organizers. MOVE facilitates the political consciousness and critical thinking of student fellows through social justice-based experiential learning by placing UC Berkeley students at local community organizations.
Inspired by the UC Berkeley Public Service Center and Seeding Change’s National Fellowship Program for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement, REACH! (the Asian/Pacific Islander Recruitment/Retention Center at University of California, Berkeley) launched MOVE: AA Community Organizing Fellowship in Spring 2017. We were a small team dedicated to bridging the gap between the university and the larger community. Currently, in our fifth year, MOVE: AAPI Community Organizing Fellowship has grown to work with 34 student fellows and 12 different host organizations in the Bay Area.
We are now also collaborating with the Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD) office and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies (AAADS) department at the University of California, Berkeley to improve our capacity in supporting fellows and partner organizations.
- To collaborate with AA organizations in the Bay Area in creating a campus to community pipeline to develop the next generation of AA organizers and build towards a social justice movement through project-based work, relationship building, political education, and our collective knowledge of our hxstory
- To foster relationships between fellows, REACH!, the Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD) Office, Asian American Asian Diaspora Studies (AAADS), host organizations, and the community to build current and future organizing efforts and projects
- To root the political growth and education of AA student organizers in hxstorical AA organizing and social justice work
Our Core Values
- Student Led, Student Run
- Community Power
- Community Wisdom
- Youth Activism
- Intergenerational Relationship Building