US Vice President Kamala Harris, at the Indian American Impact Project Summit and Gala in Washington DC on 23 May, praised the Indian-American community in the country for engaging within America's political system.
The policy sessions focused on the climate crisis, civil rights, educational equity, healthcare access, and equity. The event that commenced on May 18 aimed at commemorating the AAPI Heritage Month, and included not only politicians but also celebrities and philanthropists.
Harris referred to her mother's work in cancer research and heralded the values of "dreaming with ambition" taught by her, which, she said, made an impression on her throughout her life.
"Every day, in communities across our nation, you are advancing equality, opportunity, and justice. You are inspiring the next generation of leaders, and in particular – the next generation of South Asian leaders."Kamala Harris, United States Vice President
Some sessions during the summit also focused on women leaders running for office, and youth leaders who play a crucial role in mobilising the South Asian community.
"Let us always remember, what brought us to this moment and continue to dream with ambition, continue to lead with conviction, continue to strive to do the impossible."Kamala Harris, United States Vice President
The executive director of Indian-American Impact, Neil Makhija, highlighted that South Asians had historically been "overlooked, underestimated, and underrepresented politically." However, with so many community leaders coming together during the summit, "it is clear that it is a thing of the past," Neil said.