Summit Convening

September 29, 2017 | 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, Washington, D.C.

Watch the Convening (Recorded)


This year marks the 10th anniversary of the authorization of Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs). As part of a series of commemorative events the last week of September, APIASF is proud to celebrate the many communities and leaders who have contributed to the success of the newest Minority Serving Institution group and engage researchers, policy makers, and community in a dialogue about the current and future status of AANAPISIs.

Panel 1: The Making of AANAPISIs

This panel will illuminate the tremendous work and journey that went into the making of AANAPISIs, including the challenges of having AANAPISIs officially recognized as a minority serving institution, as well as ongoing challenges that AANAPISIs face.

  • Dr. Mary Yu Danico, Director of Asian American Transnational Research Initiative, Cal Poly Pomona
  • The Honorable Esther Kia'aina, Executive Director of the Pacific Basin Development Council
  • Lisa Hasegawa, Activist in Residence for the UCLA Asian American Studies Center
Panel 2: Postsecondary Successes

This panel features leading researchers and higher education administrators who will share their first-hand experience in implementing and evaluating programs to support AAPI students through AANAPISI grants, including the successes and challenges they faced.

  • Dr. Kim Geron, Principal Investigator, Transfer Asian Pacific American Student Services, CSU East Bay
  • Dr. Timothy Fong, Project Director and Principal Investigator for the Full Circle Project, CSU Sacramento
  • Pearson Owens, Senior Program Officer, US Department of Education

Panel 3: Paving the Way Forward

This panel features experts in policy and advocacy to engage the audience in a discussion about what needs to be done to better support AANAPISIs, MSIs, and AAPI students for college and beyond, within the context of today's political climate.

  • Monica Thammarath, Education Committee co-chair, National Council for Asian Pacific Americans
  • Dr. Julie Ajinkya, Vice President of Applied Research, Institute of Higher Ed Policy
  • Dr. Phitsamay Uy, Professor, Center for Asian American studies, U Mass Lowell
  • Katherine Valle, Education Policy Advisor, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce

Check back for speaker information as our expert panelists are confirmed.