2013 APIASF Higher Education Session Information and Report

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Concurrent Session Presentations

Enhancing the Adolescent Burmese Refugees' Access to Higher Education

Elaisa Vahnie, Executive Director, Burmese American Community Institute
Lana Alaine Knox, Assistant Director of Extended Studies, American University's School of Professional & Extended Studies

During this session, the representatives from the Burmese American Community Institute (BACI) will present the development and implementation of the Upward College Program, which aims to enhance the adolescent Burmese refugees' access to higher education, strengthen the students' social support network through group activities, increase leadership capacities by advocacy and working with policy makers, and support their development of transitional life skills in becoming productive citizens of the mainstream society.

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A Framework for Implementing Best Practices in Student Success: Lessons from the Field

Edward Smith, Research Analyst, Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)
Sara Melnick, Deputy Director, National College Access Network (NCAN)

Community-based organizations across the country know the importance of extending educational opportunity to all students and are increasingly focused on working with public schools and higher education institutions to support students through the education pipeline. In this session, beginners will learn how community-based organizations in California, Ohio, and Virginia created, enhanced, or expanded programming to better support education attainment for underserved students and implemented research-based strategies specifically targeted at decreasing the equity gap in degree attainment

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Gathering the Harvest: Mobilizing Campus Resources to Serve Asian American & Pacific Islander Students

Rowena Tomaneng, Associate Vice President of Instruction, De Anza College
Aida Cuenza-Uvas, Director, Arise Program (AANAPISI Grant)

This session is designed for beginner/intermediate level participants who are interested in institutional change and strategic planning in order to increase higher education access for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. This session will provide opportunities for dialogue and discussion on the following topics: mobilizing awareness and support for APIA issues on campus, navigating campus politics for resources, developing community partnerships, and leveraging other sources of funding beyond AANAPISI federal funding. In this session, participants will learn strategies for mobilizing awareness and support for APIA issues; develop an understanding of ways to develop campus and community partnerships; learn how to leverage other sources of funding beyond AANAPISI federal funding; and develop an understanding of navigating campus politics. This session addresses the Summit's objectives of sharing best practices to expand institutional capacity to serve APIA students, including strategies to develop strong and mutually beneficial campus and community partnerships. Additionally, it addresses specific strategies to navigate the campus politics related to understanding the needs of APIA students and the importance of funding for programs and services for APIAs.

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Engaging Asian American Students in Multicultural Communities

Delia Hom, Director, Asian American Center, Northeastern University
Douglas Lee, Assistant Director, Asian American Center, Northeastern University
Liza Talusan, Director, Intercultural Affairs, Stonehill College

Do all of the Asian students sit together in your cafeteria? Balancing the needs of students to identify with their own communities and building opportunities for cross-racial interactions can be challenging. In this session, participants will hear from Student Affairs professionals who work with Asian American students in the context of different institutional structures and environments. Participants will also engage in dialogue and brainstorming about strategies for engaging Asian American students on their campuses.

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EPIC Scholars: A Model for Community-Based Leadership Development for Pacific Islander Undergraduates

Natasha Saelua, Advisory Board Member, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)
Kehaulani Vaughn, Advisory Board Member, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)
Alisi Tulua, Program Manager, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)

This workshop will offer a community-based perspective on working with Pacific Islander undergraduate students. EPIC's mission, "to mobilize Pacific Islander communities to foster culturally relevant opportunities for achieving social justice through advocacy, research and development" guides our work with emerging Pacific Islander leaders, a vibrant part of the changing face of America. We will highlight promising practices in working with Pacific communities on campus by sharing lessons learned through our EPIC Scholars Roundtable, an annual summer program that gathers leadership from Southern California Pacific Islander college organizations for leadership training, skills-building, and networking. Former student leaders, EPIC board members and community leaders facilitate workshop sessions on identity, culture, and social responsibility, to name a few. Workshop participants will understand how to actively support Pacific Islander undergraduates, and learn the particular ways that culture impacts leadership and communication styles. They will be asked to think about or share their own experiences with Pacific Islander undergraduates, as well as contemplate the prevalent stereotypes. Finally, educators and allies will understand how members within Pacific Islander community are shaping their own solutions to the issue of education access and what they can do to support this work.

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APIA Students Moving Forward: Best Practices for Student Initiated Retention in Higher Education

Rose Lyn Castro, Project Director, Samahang Pilipino Education And Retention (SPEAR)/Community Programs Office (CPO), UCLA
Mattie Varner, Project Director, Retention of American Indians Now! (RAIN!) /Community Programs Office (CPO), UCLA
Layhannara Tep, Project Director, Southeast Asian Campus Learning Education and Retention (SEA CLEAR)/Community Programs Office (CPO), UCLA

This session will highlight best practices of student initiated, student run retention projects for Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students. We will review data on APIA students in higher education and demonstrate how a needs and assets based approach informs culturally relevant practices. We will highlight the role of full-time staff in supporting student efforts. Participants will gain tools, methods, and first-hand experience in facilitating this process.

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Igniting Administrative Leadership for APIA Advancement in Higher Education

Dr. Connie Tingson-Gatuz, Vice President for Student Affairs & Mission Integration, Madonna University
Nick Sakurai, Associate Director, University of Maryland-College Park

This session will focus on efforts administrators must undertake to develop infrastructure that promotes Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) access and success in higher education. The facilitators will share a compilation of non-cognitive strategies and social change models amassed over the last two decades that address APIA progress in both public and private colleges and universities. Utilizing current environmental scanning, intermediate and expert participants will engage in an exercise of predicting new approaches for the next decade to create change and engage around APIA student and professional needs and opportunities. Participants will also gain perspectives about implementing these strategies, including the role of decision-makers and ways to influence them.

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Negotiating Race, Citizenship, and Bias: APIA Students and Bias Response

Mitsu Narui, Assistant Director, Academic Initiatives, The Ohio State University Student Life Multicultural Center
Rebecca Nelson, Program Director and Convener of the Bias Assessment and Response Team, The Ohio State University, Office of Student Life
Christine Chen, Executive Director, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote

Some campuses are reporting a rise in bias incidents targeting Asian American Pacific Islander and Asian international students. This interactive session will explore possible causes (the rise of international student demographics, the lingering effects of Model Minority/Perpetual Foreigner stereotypes, the economy and political rhetoric). Participants will discuss the impact of these trends and will begin to develop an individualized plan to promote proactive institutional response.

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