Western Regional AANAPISI Summit

Representatives from nine AANAPISI Institutions in the Western Region gather for the very first time.  From farthest to nearest: Moderator Robert Teranishi (New York University; CARE Report), Kim Geron (CSU East Bay), Tim Fong (CSU Sacramento), Minh-Hoa Ta (City College of San Francisco), Jim Nguyen (De Anza College), Lilia Celhay (Laney College), Charity Bowles (Mission College), Aida Cuenza (Mt. San Antonio College), Pat Backer (San Jose State University), May Toy Lukens (South Seattle Community College)

On Friday, March 16, APIACU hosted the first-ever AANAPISI Western Regional Summit at De Anza College in Cupertino, California.

The summit gathered key role players and stakeholders in the AANAPISI movement including AANAPISI Program staff, community leaders, government officials, and AAPI students.  In attendance was keynote speaker Congressman Michael Honda, U.S. Department of Education’s Georgia Yuan and Pearson Owens, White House Initiative on AAPIs’ Akil Vohra, 20 staff/faculty involved in the AANAPISI program at nine funded AANAPISIs in the Western Region, and more.

Such a comprehensive gathering was unprecedented and brought the voices and issues–those that APIACU represents–together.  This opportunity established the beginning of an organized system of collaboration among stakeholders at all levels, and allowed for an especially unique opportunity for the stakeholders to express concerns, address issues, and share ideas for the future.

By bridging the gap between the Western AANAPISI institutions and the leaders in Washington, APIACU aims to promote the growth and frequency of this collaboration and convert its potential outcomes into tangible results.  For more information, please see below for resources shared during  the AANAPISI Western Regional Summit:

Notes on Plenary discussions

Notes on Breakout sessions

Presentation from the U.S. Department of Education on Eligibility and Applying

Presentation from the Minority Serving Institutions-Community of Partners Council (MSI-COPC) on MSI opportunities

Presentation from the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) on Collection and Collaboration


A special thanks to Southwest Airlines, who provided two southwest tickets as prizes for the attendees.

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