INSTITUTE ON Race,
Identity, and Community: Empowerment and Outreach for Asian Pacific
Islanders in Higher Education Return to Listings
and Purpose: This represents the second pre-conference institute
dealing with API issues.
three-part institute is designed to address critical issues and concerns
faced by Asian Pacific Islanders. As a starting point, the histories
of Asian Pacific Islanders in the United States of America will be
discussed and explored to identify the barriers and obstacles facing
APIs in both higher education and society. The ultimate goal of this
institute is to increase the knowledge and heighten the awareness of
the Asian Pacific Islander community and to create avenues for communication
and collaboration within the API community, as well as with other communities
of color. A Certificate of Participation will be available for persons
with documented attendance at all sessions. Admission priority for
all Institute sessions will be given to those who are pursuing a Certificate
Part I—API 101: The Histories of Asians in America
Tuesday, June 1—8:30–11:30 a.m.
This session examines the complex and diverse histories of Asians in
America, with a particular focus on the immigrant and refugee statuses,
the various generational lineages in this nation, and critical events
and incidents that have affected our social identity and advancement.
This session will present and discuss (1) the multiple ethnicities
that construct the term "Asian Pacific Islander"; (2) the
complex biases and prejudices that have affected our social roles and
positions; and (3) the historic under- and over-representations of
various Asian ethnic groups in higher education and its impact on educational
Part II—Collaboration and Communication Within Our Communities
Tuesday, June 1—1:00–5:00 p.m.
This session examines the current state of collaboration and communication
within the pan-Asian community and within the specific Asian ethnic
communities. Current and past examples of community organizations will
be presented as well as patterns, trends, and significant instances
that have influenced and shaped the development of these communication
structures. This session will also feature a brainstorming dialogue
to discuss how to bridge the gaps within and between our multiple communities,
how to construct stronger collective identities, and how to address
the unique concerns facing individual ethnic groups—developing strategies
for collaboration and support.
Part III—Coalition Building: Creating Alliances for Social Change
Wednesday, June 2—8:30–11:30 a.m.
This session examines the API community and its state of relations
with other minority communities. A group of selected guests will participate
in a panel discussion to assist in identifying the events and situations
that have both negatively and positively affected our communities and
our interactions with each other. This session will focus heavily on
dialogue involving all participants, invited guests, and facilitators
with the larger goal of establishing alliances for social change via
coalition building and realizing common struggles.
Jason Minh Alt, Residence Coordinator and Coordinator,
Human Intercultural Relations, State University of New York-Purchase
College-Purchase, New York
Pamela Huang Chao,
Professor, Sociology, American River College-Sacramento, California
Amnat Chittaphong, Director, Multicultural Affairs, Siena College—Loudonville,
Dawn Lee, Activities Coordinator, MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center,
San Jose State University—San Jose, California
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of South Dakota — Vermillion,
Senior Lecturer, American Studies Program, and Program and Education
Director, Diversity Office, Tufts University-Medford, Massachusetts
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