2014 APIASF Higher Education Session Information and Report

2014 Higher Education Summit Series | Agenda | Call for Proposals | Travel Grants | Session Materials

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Concurrent Session Presentations

Advancing the Equity Agenda for Under Served Asian Pacific Islander American Students

Audrey Yamagata-Noji, Vice President, Student Affairs, Mt. San Antonio College
Curtiss Takada-Rooks, Assistant Professor, Asian Pacific American Studies, Loyola Marymount University

Specific and proactive measures are necessary to equalize educational opportunities for under-served Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) students. Misunderstandings, misconceptions, and invisibility create unequal situations within education for many first generation, low income, under-represented Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian students. Efforts to advocate for and implement specialized learning and support services as well as developing and implementing a more comprehensive research agenda will be presented. Participants will develop strategies specific to their organizations.

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AANAPISI, Civic Engagement and Leadership Development for Social Change- Three Models of Success

Tom Izu, Project Director, IMPACT APIA (AANAPISI Funded Project), De Anza College
Melissa Canlas, Director, APALU (Asian Pacific American Leaders United - AANAPISI Funded Project), City College of San Francisco
Timothy Fong, Professor of Ethnic Students and Director, Full Circle Project (AANAPISI Funded Project), California State University, Sacramento

Utilizing civic engagement and leadership development connected to social change is growing in acceptance as a way to increase student perseverance, retention, and success in higher education. Learn how three California college campuses, California State University, City College of San Francisco, and De Anza College in Cupertino have adopted this practice successfully to serve APIAs. All three are U.S. Department of Education funded Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI).

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He aupuni palapala ko'u; o ke kanaka pono 'oia ko'u kanaka.

Mine is the kingdom of education; the righteous man is my man. (Uttered by King Kamehameha III.)
Kealoha Fox, Ka Pou Kako'o Nui, Executive Manager & Special Assistant, Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA)
Pat Rogers, Washington DC Bureau Chief, Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA)
Keaola Chan, Ka Pou Nui, Executive Director, 'Aha Kane: Foundation for the Advancement of Native Hawaiian Males

Kamehameha III ruled during a time of great transition in Hawai'i with ever increasing pressure from foreign conflicts and the arrival of diseases that decimated Native Hawaiians. He believed education was the key to the survival of his people. By the end of his 30-year reign, Hawai'i was one of the most literate nations in the world. In addition to altering traditional methods of knowledge acquisition, the metamorphoses in education during the nineteenth century would negatively impact Native Hawaiian health, economics, housing, governance, and cultural conditions. These impacts continue to the present day and are reflected in contemporary national and state data. Based on our history and forefathers, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs recognizes the valuable role that education plays in empowering Native Hawaiians and in strengthening Hawai'i. The purpose of this session is to provide a comprehensive cultural review and analysis of specific data pertaining to Native Hawaiians accessing educational opportunities through three pathways: conventional, traditional, and integrated. In particular, improving acculturation and enhancing cultural exchanges are incorporated as part of our processes.

Leadership, Mentorship, and Scholarship Efforts to Increase APIA Student Access in Higher Education

Dr. Connie Tingson-Gatuz, Vice President for Student Affairs & Mission Integration, Madonna University
Nick Sakurai, Associate Director, LGBT Equity Center, University of Maryland-College Park
Charles Sasaki, Fulbright Ambassador & Dean of Arts and Sciences, Council for the International Exchange of Scholars and University of Hawaii - Kapiolani Community College

This session will focus on mobilizing partnerships to promote access and success for APIAs in higher education. The facilitators will draw upon two decades of active engagement in leadership, mentorship, and scholarship development for both pre-college and postsecondary student populations. Participants will explore opportunities to promote impactful collaboration across corporate, government, non-profit organizational and educational sectors. Real-world examples of existing successes will be shared.

Mobilizing through Participatory Action Research (PAR): Localized Efforts to Increase APIA Student

Success in Higher Education
Bach Mai Dolly Nguyen, Research Associate, National Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Research in Education (CARE)
Edward Curammeng, Doctoral Student, University of California, Los Angeles
Jason Chan, Doctoral Student, Higher Education & Organizational Change, University of California, Los Angeles

This session aims to explore the potential for increasing Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) student success in higher education by mobilizing educational stakeholders through participatory action research (PAR). Using the iCount initiative, a data quality movement for APIAs, as an example of localized PAR efforts, we will highlight how collaborative partnerships with institutional and community partners can increase institutional capacity for understanding APIA students' needs and addressing those barriers to improve educational outcomes.

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Opportunities for AANAPISIs, ANNHs, Faculty, & Students through the Fulbright Program

Charles Sasaki, Fulbright Ambassador & Dean of Arts and Sciences, Council for the International Exchange of Scholars and University of Hawaii - Kapiolani Community College
Cecilia Kocinski-Mulder, Program Office, Fulbright Visiting Programs, Council for the International Exchange of Scholars
David Levin, Senior Program Manager and Diversity Coordinator, U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

In this era of increasing interdependence among peoples and nations, many Minority Serving Institutions, including AANAPISs and ANNHs are working to foster increased international skills and experience, enhance global competence, and promote internationalization for their students, faculty, staff, campuses and communities. Come learn from program administrators and alumni how you and your institution can take advantage of the exciting program opportunities under the world-renowned Fulbright Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Perspectives on supporting Asian American & Pacific Islander students: Voices of APIA serving staff

Delia Cheung Hom, Director, Asian American Center, Northeastern University
Douglas Lee, Assistant Director, Asian American Center, Northeastern University
Karen Shih, Advisor to Students of Asian Descent, Wellesley College
Annabelle Estera, Intercultural Specialist, Ohio State University
Alexander Cena, Director for the Office of Asian Pacific Islander Affairs, University of Florida

Across the country, Asian American students are supported in different ways at different institutions. In this panel presentation, Asian American serving staff members from different colleges and universities will share experiences addressing best practices, successful initiatives, and other perspectives on how to effectively support Asian American students in higher education. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss their experiences, concerns and questions with others from similar institutions or contexts.

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Polynesians in Higher Education: From Vulnerability to Safe Spaces

Aida Cuenza-Uvas, Director Arise Program (AANAPISI Funded Project), Mt. San Antonio College
Jeremiah Ola, Student, Mt. San Antonio College
Virginia Matavao, Student, Mt. San Antonio College
Ula Matavao, Education Advisor, Arise Program (AANAPISI Funded Project), Mt. San Antonio College

Through the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) grant, the Arise Program at Mt. San Antonio College began piloting a cultural intervention approach, the "fale fono", to support our vulnerable Pacific Islander (PI) students. Through both "talk story" (group discussion) and reflective writing, students consider topics such as stereotypes of the Pacific Islander student, personal motivation and challenges, and strategies to manage obstacles. Building on collective, positive directions, the fale creates a safe space.

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