White House Initiative Appoints AFP HoChing Young Leader Ambassador

September 25, 2015

Meagan Moana Palelei HoChing, a member of the Harvard Administrative Fellows
Program class of 2016, has been appointed an E3! Ambassador by the White House
Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  E3! Ambassadors “is a youth
engagement program that aims to educate, engage, and empower young leaders in
the AAPI community,” according to the White House announcement.
There are 23 E3! Ambassadors from across the country in the 2015 – 2016
class.  HoChing and two other leaders represent the New England region.   As an
Ambassador, she will work to “increase awareness around critical issues facing the
AAPI community,” the White House announcement said.  Further, Ambassadors
promote and bring awareness to federal resources and programs for AAPI
communities.


“In this next year, I hope I can engage, educate, and empower other Pacific
Islander students with the tools necessary to succeed in their educational pursuits,
or at the very least, show them a tangible example of the possibilities that are
available to them,” said HoChing, a 2015 graduate of the College.
Along with the other Ambassadors, HoChing will work with more than 250
federal officials across the country who are a part of the White House Initiative on
AAPI.  These federal officials represent more than 44 agencies working on a “broad
range of issues that affect the AAPI community, including education, mental health,
pathways to public service, and immigration.”


 HoChing said her appointment as an Ambassador “is not a win for me, but
more so for my community. The ambassador appointment is a direct product of the
community that has raised me up.  I would not be where I am if I did not have my family, mentors, or my Polynesian community.”   She went on to say, “They have supported me and continue to support me, which has ultimately opened so many
doors and provided opportunities beyond what I could have done alone. In that
same spirit, I hope to be that support system for the future generations of Pacific
Islanders who are coming behind me.”