Will I have to pay for anything?

Unless otherwise arranged, participants will book their own travel arrangements, and SEARAC will issue reimbursement checks upon completion of the training in Washington, DC. Travel reimbursements are intended to cover a portion of travel expenses related to attending the training and are determined by geographic locations from which participants are traveling. We try to spread out our program budget so that it covers the majority of travel costs for all participants, but that also means everyone may shoulder a little bit. SEARAC will inform attendees individually of the maximum reimbursement amount they can expect.

For the duration of the training, SEARAC will provide:

  • Lodging (nights of June 18, 19, and 20; checking out June 21)

  • (Optional) Welcome Dinner, June 18

  • Day 1, June 19

    • Breakfast

    • Lunch

  • Day 2, June 20

    • Breakfast

    • Lunch

  • Day 3, June 21

    • Breakfast

You will be responsible for dinners after the training and any other meals not listed above. Unfortunately, we cannot reimburse these additional meals.

What is the process for our travel reimbursements?

Travel reimbursement amounts

Travel reimbursements are intended to cover a portion of your travel expenses related to attending the training and are determined by geographic locations from which participants are traveling. We try to spread out our program budget so that it covers the majority of travel costs for all participants, but that also means everyone may shoulder a little bit. In your individual "Travel Logistics Information" letters, you were informed of the maximum reimbursement amount you can expect.

If your travel expenses total to less than your maximum reimbursement amount, you may submit receipts for additional travel-related expenses (e.g. luggage fees, transportation to/from airports, ground transportation around DC) for reimbursement after LAT. These will be separate reimbursement checks that will be mailed to the addresses submitted in your pre-survey, unless otherwise informed.

To-dos to ensure a timely reimbursement

  • Submit receipts for travel to/from DC to Alyssa (alyssa@searac.org)

  • Attend (or review) all pre-training calls and complete all pre-training call assignments

  • Attend and fully participate in all training activities

  • Complete our post-surveys (to be distributed at the close of each day)

When to expect your travel reimbursements

Reimbursement checks for travel expenses to/from DC will be issued at the end of Day 3.

What are the policy priorities around which we'll be advocating?

 

Education

  • Data equity

  • College access, affordability, and completion

  • Culturally responsive support

Health

  • Affordable and accessible health care

  • Reducing SEAA health disparities

Immigration

  • Just immigration laws

  • Dismantling the school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline

  • Family immigration

 

You may read more about SEARAC's policy priorities for 2018-2010 in our national Southeast Asian American equity agenda.

Will I meet my member of Congress?

Typically, participants will meet with staffers of their members' offices who handle the specific issue area (e.g. education, health, immigration) of the meeting. In some cases, representatives and senators have been available to take meetings themselves.

 
 

What do I wear?

For all three days, participants should refrain from wearing athletic wear or any clothing that violates our Anti-Harassment Policy and Credo.

On Day 1 and Day 2, attire is "smart / snappy casual" (put-together but not necessarily as dressed up as business casual) or business casual. Please note that our photographer will be taking participants' headshots on Day 2, so keep that mind if you would like to plan your outfit accordingly.

On Day 3, you will be meeting with your Congressional members' offices. Attire is business professional that incorporates blue in some form (e.g. blue tie, blue scarf, blue dress / suit). We also suggest wearing or bringing a comfortable pair of shoes since you will be walking around the Capitol from office to office.

Apart from Day 3, all programming will be held indoors. We suggest wearing layers (as A/C can get chilly throughout the day) and comfortable shoes. In general, DC weather is very humid in the summer and can continue to be humid in the evening. For after-hour activities, we suggest light clothing and walking shoes.

What do I bring?

Please be prepared to bring a laptop or tablet to use throughout the training. WiFi and accessible outlets / extension cords to charge will be made available. Pens and folders will also be provided.

Feel free to use this example of a packing checklist:

  • Smart/snappy casual or business casual attire for Day 1 and Day 2

  • Business professional attire (with blue component) for Day 3

  • Comfortable shoes

  • Umbrella (DC weather can be unpredictable!)

  • Laptop/tablet and charger

  • Cell phone charger

  • Toiletries

  • Boarding passes/tickets

How do i get to hotel 1600 once i arrive in dc?

  • Address: 1600 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036

  • From the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

    • Recommended - A taxi from DCA to Hotel 1600 will:

      • Cost roughly $6 - $25

      • Take approximately 20 minutes

    • Super Shuttle trips from the DCA (Reagan) airport to the hotel are $19.

    • Metro trains are ONLY available at the DCA airport and will cost approximately $2-4 and take approximately 30 minutes. Please note that a new metro card costs an additional $2.

      • Please note metro trains STOP running at midnight.

      • Take the BLUE metro line towards LARGO TOWN CENTER.

      • Exit from the SE CORNER OF 17TH ST & I ST at the FARRAGUT WEST stop.

      • Turn right on I St NW toward 17th St NW.

      • Turn left onto 17th St NW.

      • Turn right onto M St NW.

      • Turn left onto 16th St NW Hotel 1600 will be on the left.

        • The walk from the Farragut West Metro Station to Hotel 1600 is approximately 10 minutes.

  • From the Dulles International Airport (IDA)

    • Recommended - A taxi from IAD to Hotel 1600 will:

      • Cost roughly $20 - $60

      • Take approximately 45 minutes

    • Super Shuttle trips from the IAD (Dulles) airport to the hotel are $33.

  • From Union Station

    • Amtrak trains and buses arrive at UNION STATION

    • A taxi from Union Station to Hotel 1600 will:

      • Cost roughly $5 - $15

      • Take approximately 20 minutes

    • Taking the metro will cost approximately $2-4 and take approximately 20 minutes. Please note that a new metro card costs an additional $2.

      • Please note metro trains STOP running at midnight.

      • Take the RED metro line towards SHADY GROVE.

      • Exit from the NE CORNER OF CONNECTICUT AVE & L ST at the FARRAGUT NORTH stop.

      • Turn left onto L St NW towards 17th St NW.

      • Turn right onto M St NW.

      • Turn left onto 16th St NW and Hotel 1600 will be on the left.

        • The walk from Farragut North Metro Station to Hotel 1600 is approximately 8 minutes.

 
 
 

How do I get to SEARAC (Welcome dinner) from HOTEL 1600?

  • Address: 1628 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

  • From Hotel 1600 to SEARAC

    • Exit the front doors of the hotel and head north towards Rhode Island Ave NW towards Scott Circle.

    • Go RIGHT on Rhode Island Ave onto Scott Circle.

    • At Scott Circle, take the FOURTH exit onto 16th St NW.

    • SEARAC is located at the intersection of 16th St and Corcoran St inside the DC Baptist Convention Building.

    • Tell the front desk you are with SEARAC, and follow the signs upstairs to the BALLROOM on the second floor.

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HOW DO I GET TO THE National Education ASsociation (NEA) from hotel 1600?

  • Address: 1201 16th St. NW, Washington DC 20036

  • From Hotel 1600 to the NEA

    • Exit the front doors of the hotel and head south towards M St NW.

    • Turn left on M St NW towards 16th and 15th St NW.

    • NEA is located at the intersection of 16th St NW and M St NW with entrances on those respective streets.

    • Enter the building on the 16th St side. Give the security guards your name, tell them you are with SEARAC, and follow the signs downstairs to the CHANIN AUDITORIUM.

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Where can I eat dinner in DC?

Check out our restaurant list for some suggestions around the city.

 Where can I find a schedule for lat?

You can find the schedule for LAT 2019 here, or by clicking “3-Day Agenda” under the “Program” tab.