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  Pre-Conference API Institute 2004 API Caucus   

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INSTITUTE ON Race, Identity, and Community: Empowerment and Outreach for Asian Pacific Islanders in Higher Education Return to Listings

Background and Purpose: This represents the second pre-conference institute dealing with API issues. This 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 of Participation.

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 experiences.

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.

  • Mr. Jason Minh Alt, Residence Coordinator and Coordinator, Human Intercultural Relations, State University of New York-Purchase College-Purchase, New York
  • Ms. Pamela Huang Chao, Professor, Sociology, American River College-Sacramento, California
  • Mr. Amnat Chittaphong, Director, Multicultural Affairs, Siena College—Loudonville, New York
  • Ms. Dawn Lee, Activities Coordinator, MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center, San Jose State University—San Jose, California
  • Dr. Gemma Skillman, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of South Dakota — Vermillion, South Dakota
  • Dr. Jean Wu, Senior Lecturer, American Studies Program, and Program and Education Director, Diversity Office, Tufts University-Medford, Massachusetts

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