Press Releases

June 14, 2011

APIASF President/Executive Director Neil Horikoshi Joins The College Board and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute to Address Issues Facing Men of Color in Education

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tia T. Gordon

Washington, D.C., June 14, 2011—On June 20, Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund (APIASF) President and Executive Director Neil Horikoshi will participate in a live town hall meeting, "The Educational Experience of Young Men of Color," to contribute to the national dialogue about the educational crisis facing young men of color. Horikoshi will join other distinguished educators, researchers, legislators, and community leaders from across the nation to share insights in an effort to address the stark barriers preventing so many men of color—particularly as it relates to Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students—from earning college degrees and reaching their fullest potential.

Sponsored by the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center (College Board) and Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research (W.E.B. Du Bois Institute), the panel discussion will feature Horikoshi along with Estela Mara Bensimon, Ed.D., professor, University of Southern California; LeManuel "Lee' Bitsóí, Ed.D., minority action plan program director, Harvard University; Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX); Dr. James Comer, professor of child psychiatry, Yale University; Rep Danny Davis (D-IL); Hill Harper, award-winning actor and best-selling author; Colin Kippen, executive director, National Indian Education Association; and Roberto J. Rodríguez, special assistant for education to President Obama, White House Domestic Policy Council. Moderating the panel discussion will be NPR Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez. W.E.B. Du Bois Institute Director Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., will serve as the host for the event, which will be held on Harvard University's campus in Cambridge, Mass. In addition, the panel discussion supports the official release of two reports from the College Board providing data, research findings, and recommendations on the educational experiences of young men of color.

"I am truly honored and grateful to have been invited to participate in this important discussion—one that is especially timely, given APIASF's upcoming higher education summit—that is sure to help support the advancement and educational success of young men of color," said Horikoshi. "On behalf of APIASF and our work with APIA students, my goal will be to highlight the unique experiences of APIA males and the challenges they face on their way to college and earning their degree. This particular group of students, within the APIA student population, need and deserve our help."

Prior to joining APIASF, Horikoshi served as IBM's managing director of global business development and global services in the United States and in Asia Pacific, where he led the team of IBM Global Services Deal Team Professionals in a wide range of complex multi-year services engagements throughout Asia Pacific. He also has led industry discussions on regulatory and procurement issues affecting the information technology industry, developed external relationships with key governmental agencies on behalf of IBM, participated in Congressional and Executive Branch advocacy meetings, and spoke frequently at trade association and federal government conferences on procurement issues. Horikoshi holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Hawai'i as well as a juris doctorate degree and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Southern California. He is a member of the New York State Bar and the American Bar Association.

The week following the June 20 College Board/W.E.B. Du Bois Institute event, Horikoshi will host the 2011 Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund (APIASF) College Completion Forum: Strengthening Institutions that Serve Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA), June 27-28, 2011, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Held for the second consecutive year to help raise awareness about the unique needs of the APIA community, this event is nation's largest gathering focusing on increasing APIA college completion and student success.

For more information about the 2011 APIASF College Completion Forum: Strengthening Institutions that Serve Asian and Pacific Islander Americans or to register for free, visit APIASF's Web site at Also, follow APIASF on Facebook ( and Twitter ( to receive daily updates about the event.

Editor's Note: All members of the media interested in attending the 2011 APIASF College Completion Forum: Strengthening Institutions that Serve Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, please RSVP or contact Tia T. Gordon at (202) 906-0149 or

Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted solely to providing college scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA). Since 2003, APIASF has provided a critical bridge to higher education for APIA students across the country by distributing more than $40 million in scholarships to students. APIASF manages two scholarship programs: APIASF's general scholarship and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. APIASF's 2011 higher education summit is made possible through the generous support of our presenting sponsors: Walmart, the Kresge Foundation, and USA Funds.