On June 20, 2012, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) hosted its annual Higher Education Summit around the theme, Advancing the Democratic Mission of Higher Education: The Relevance of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Organized into a series of presentations, panels, and round table discussions, the 2012 APIASF Higher Education Summit shed light on national data outlining the demography of AAPIs in the U.S. (e.g., 2010 U.S. Census data, 2012 CARE report) and its impact on educational policies, institutions, and students as it relates to diversity and equity. Panels and round table discussions highlighted what democracy means to AAPIs and the crucial role institutions such as Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions that serve a significant percentage of AAPI students play in advancing the democratic mission of higher education.
The 2012 APIASF Higher Education Summit provided participants the opportunity to engage in discussions revolving around national priorities on diversity and equity, democratic engagement, and identifying key stakeholders and resources that play a critical role in addressing these challenges and meeting related objectives. The forum concluded with a special reception hosted by APIASF to honor Congressman Mike Honda for his ongoing commitment to education.
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