Commonwealth Seminar graduates share passion for community service

The Commonwealth Seminar (MassCS) celebrated the graduation of 26 fellows on Jan. 14 at the Statehouse. It strives to make the Mass. Statehouse accessible to diverse leaders.

The Commonwealth Seminar graduation took place Jan. 14 at the Statehouse. (From left) Victor Ng, former Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong, Fanny Chan and Terry Yin. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

The Commonwealth Seminar graduation took place Jan. 14 at the Statehouse. (From left) Victor Ng, former Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong, Fanny Chan and Terry Yin. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

“Welcome to the Commonwealth Seminar family,” said Leverett Wing, MassCS executive director. “Hopefully we’ll be together a long time.”

Guest speakers were former Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong and Boston City Council president Michelle Wu. Wong was the first Asian American female mayor in Massachusetts, while Wu was Boston’s first Asian American council president.

Wong urged the graduates to change the system and break through barriers. “I’m glad our class is pushing out beyond Boston to Fitchburg,” she said. “We need more people of color in places of power.”

The graduates included Fitchburg city councilor Amy Green and Kimatra Maxwell, state representative candidate for the 3rd Worcester District, which includes Fitchburg.

“I applaud all of you for your commitment to others,” Green said.

Wu shared her story and advice for the graduates. “This is what government should look like on every level, with your passion for communities,” she said. “Remember the difference you make now, as the younger generation looks up to you. Give back and encourage others.”

Chinatown had two graduates: Fanny Chan and Terry Yin.

MassCS was founded in 2003 by Jarren Barrios and Joel Barrera to demystify the legislative process for community leaders. It hosts intensive programs at the Statehouse three times a year, along with networking events with policymakers. For more information, visit www.masscs.org.

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About Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美

Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England 舢舨報紙總編輯。舢舨是全紐英倫唯一的中英雙語雙週報。
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