Top 4 Asian Networks You May Want to Join

As you enter the professional world, you may want to stay up-to-date on current trends and topics that relate to your own identity or the communities you serve in your career. A professional network is an excellent way to accomplish this! Memberships often come with networking events, free or discounted webinars, and more. And once you join, be sure to add it to your résumé and LinkedIn account as a way to show employers you’re in-the-know.

 

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans

This council is comprised of 37 coalitions throughout the U.S. It primarily serves the interests of Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islanders. Consider joining a coalition to keep up to date on the issues that affect you and the community.

 

Council of Korean Americans

Power is in numbers and the Council of Korean Americans knows this, as it seeks to unify the voices of Korean Americans through its leadership and expansive network. Explore their various initiatives to see if joining this council is the right fit for you.

 

Center for Asian American Media

If you work in media and entertainment, check out this respected organization that focuses on the incredible contributions of Asian Americans. Your membership gets you discounted access to special events and other programs.

 

National Association of Asian American Professionals

This exceptionally diverse organization leverages the common interests of the Asian and Pacific Islanders together. Your membership will provide you access to special events, workshops, and engagements with other professionals.

 

A Note About Those Memberships Fees

Some professional organizations have yearly dues or fees. If you’re an active member attending their workshops, networking events, and more, you may find your membership costs actually save you money. However, there are ways to reduce your expenses even more. Many organizations offer free or discounted membership options for students. If you’re not a student, consider asking your employer if they would be willing to cover or split the cost. Many employers budget for this and would be glad to hear how your membership would benefit the company. You may also be able to apply for scholarships for memberships or events – it’s always worth the ask!

By Thomas Guzowski, U of R Employee
Thomas Guzowski, U of R Employee Assistant Director of Marketing Thomas Guzowski, U of R Employee