APIASF Higher Education Summit Series

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APIASF Higher Education Summit Series
Creating Meaningful Change for APIA Students
June 17, 2014

On June 17, 2014, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) held its annual Higher Education Summit around the theme, Creating Meaningful Change for APIA Students, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Organized into a series of presentations, panels, and breakout sessions. The 2014 APIASF Higher Education Summit highlighted how the acceleration of student success, mobilization of communities and resources, and advancement of institutional capacity contribute to broad scale meaningful change for Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students.

To help address these challenges, APIASF and the National Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Research in Education (CARE) developed a bold three-year initiative to create widespread change for the APIA student population. This innovative effort called, the Partnership for Equity in Education through Research (PEER) project, launched at the 2012 Higher Education Summit and set the foundation for APIASF's model of working with diverse partners to increase success for APIA students. Collaboration among key stakeholders at the local, state and national level is critical to addressing the holistic range of barriers that students often face. The 2014 Higher Education Summit provided a forum to help engage students, researchers, policymakers, community leaders, corporate partners and educators to develop and implement meaningful change in their local communities.

During the event, participants had the opportunity to choose from a variety of sessions focused on best practices to accelerate student success, mobilize communities and strengthen institutional capacity. In addition to the sessions led by community and educational leaders from across the country, the National Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Research in Education (CARE) also presented the latest data on APIA students and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander — Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) from the PEER Project. Sessions highlighted evidence-based, scalable models that could be utilized as best practices. For handouts and the session presentations, click here.

This multi-faceted approach to identifying areas of opportunity and impact, addressing college access and completion gaps, and removing barriers faced by APIA students culminated into a community call to action with clear metrics for creating meaningful change for APIA students. The forum concluded with a special reception hosted by APIASF and was attended by key leaders in the education, policy, non-profit, private and public sectors.

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