2023 SEIU API Caucus Summit
Know Before You Go!
Dear SEIU API Caucus Members, Allies, and Guests,
Thank you for registering for our Asian Pacific Islanders Caucus Summit in Las Vegas on September 8 and 9. We are so excited to see everyone to celebrate, connect, and strengthen our future as union members.
At the 2023 SEIU API Leadership Summit, over 300 SEIU API members and staff, allies, and partners will come together to shape a labor, political, and community movement where APIs are respected and where APIs lead! Together we will get the opportunity to reflect on the past few years, celebrate our achievements, learn and improve the organizing skills we need to win in 2024 and beyond, and finally to plan out and chart our course for the next two years.
The theme for our 2023 Summit is “BUILDING POWER: Strengthening Our Future and Leading the Way.” We will honor our champions who have trail blazed a path forward over decades, and we will also elect and elevate our emerging leaders who will be leading us into the next generation of API-organizing in SEIU.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Flights and Transportation to Hotel
Your local organizer is your point person for your flight information and transportation to and from the hotel. There is NO complimentary hotel shuttle, so contact your local organizer if you have questions! If you are unsure about who your point person is, submit an inquiry on our website, let us know, and we will try to connect you. For urgent matters or if you cannot get in touch with your organizer, you can call our emergency help line at (202) 340-9587.
When You Arrive
When you arrive at the Virgin Hotel, you should enter through the main entrance and check in to your room. There will be an SEIU welcoming crew to help guide you to the Summit registration table which will be on the other side of the hotel in front of The Manor. Check out the hotel map here.
Health and Safety
COVID testing is mandatory and will be conducted by Summit volunteers in front of The Manor before members are able to register. Those who test negative will receive a wristband, which will allow their entry to summit areas. We will provide COVID rapid tests for you to take to your hotel room. We ask that everyone take a rapid test the morning of your arrival before joining Summit areas. Masks are highly encouraged but not required. If you feel unwell or have symptoms, please remain in your room, and contact your Local Union point person.
Meals will be provided by the Caucus throughout the Summit and are listed in the event agenda.
Breakfast meals for both Friday and Saturday will be buffet style and served 7:00AM-8:30AM in Room Agave 2.
Lunch meals for both Friday and Saturday will be buffet style and served Friday 12:00PM-1:00PM and Saturday 11:30AM-1:00PM in Room Agave 2.
Dinner meals will vary throughout the Summit.
Small plates served h'dourves style will be served at the Welcome Reception Thursday evening in The Manor.
A more formal buffet style dinner will be served at the Summit Gala Friday evening
Dinner vouchers donated by SEIU Nevada Local 1107 will be provided for casual food truck meals at the Communities United: Raising the Stakes event Saturday evening offsite at the Clark County Government Center.
Bottles of water and light snacks will be provided at Summit Registration and available at the Help Desk during the specified hours.
What to Wear
Our gathering will be a place to celebrate the rich cultures that make up our API communities. Please wear clothes that make you feel comfortable, proud to be API, and proud to be union! Although the temperature can hit 100 degrees, it can be a bit chilly indoors with the air conditioning, so bring a light jacket or sweater. Also bring semi-formal cultural attire for our Summit Gala!
Thursday, 9/7 Reception ~ Make a good first impression! Feel free to wear comfortable clothes to meet and greet SEIU members from Canada and across the United States!
Friday, 9/8 Program ~ Please wear comfortable clothes for sitting, eating, and walking to workshops.
Friday, 9/8 Evening gala ~ Dress to impress! You are encouraged to wear outfits that reflect pride in your cultural heritage. There will be a fashion extravaganza to showcase the array of cultures from where we draw our strength – the best dressed will receive prizes! The evening will end with a dance party. It’s your time to shine, show off, and have fun!
Saturday, 9/9 Program ~ Please wear your SEIU API Caucus T-shirts (will be provided). We will take our 2023 official caucus group photo after lunch. A light jacket will be comfortable for the Communities United event outside in the evening.
The current forecast -
Thu: 95°/71° | Fri: 97°/72° | Sat: 100°/73° | Sun: 98°/73°
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On behalf of the 2021-2023 Caucus Executive Board and the 2023 Summit Planning Committees,
Maria Castaneda, Caucus President
Susan Li, 1st Vice President
Jigme Ugen, 2nd Vice President
Christina Calugcugan, Secretary
Georgie Fuentes, Treasurer
On behalf of the 2023 Summit host local union - SEIU Nevada Local 1107,
Grace Vergara, Executive Director
Michelle Maese, President
Erika Watanabe, Caucus Representative