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Compiled by Dr. Julie Wong and revised by Karlen N. Suga based on interviews conducted by Danielle Howard, Rouel Velasco, Kevin Gin, Hikaru Kozuma, and Karlen N. Suga.

1988 ST. LOUIS

The first Minority Caucus Meeting is convened; Henry Gee attends and is the only non African American
Moved from Caucus to a Network called Network for Educational Equity & Ethnic Diversity (NEEED)
NEEED was primarily African American and Latino

1989 DENVER

Dr. Hal Gin begins a two-year term on NASPA’s Board of Directors

1998 PHILADELPHIA

Henry Gee becomes the chair for Network for Educational Equity & Ethnic Diversity (NEEED)

1999 NEW ORLEANS

Daren Mooko serves as chair of the API Collective; planned a dinner for the group that attracted 20-25 members. It was the
first significant API gathering at a NASPA National Conference.
Dr. Anna Gonzalez and Sunny Lee appointed as new API Network Chair
Dr. Gwendolyn Mink, a professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz and daughter of the late Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first Asian American Congresswoman, is a featured speaker at the conference. The movement for this is initiated by Dr. Amy Agbayani, who recognized the need to have APIDAs as conference speakers.

2000 INDIANAPOLIS

Dr. Anna Gonzalez and Sunny Lee serve as Co-Chairs of API Network
Dr. Doris Ching becomes the first Asian American President of NASPA; also recognized as a Pillar of the Profession
Strong showing of APA’s at NASPA – many to support Doris
Dr. Doris Ching attends an initiative meeting organized by Tim Chang and Sunny Lee where young professionals express a need for support and mentoring. Needs expressed at this meeting lead to more formalized programs and initiatives within the API Network aimed at supporting and mentoring young professionals.

2001 SEATTLE

Dr. Anna Gonzalez and Sunny Lee serve as Co-Chairs of API Network
Helen Zia serves as a featured conference speaker
API Reception is held and funded off of $300 which was donated by Dr. Doris Ching, Dr. Amy Agbayani, and Dr. Anna Gonzalez
Dr. Doris Ching is Awarded NASPA Pillar of the Profession Award
E-mentoring program implemented
Mike Segawa serves as Conference Program Chair; Henry Gee serves as the chair of Conference Speakers
Started Graduate Student & New professional Social

2002 BOSTON

Dr. Anna Gonzalez & Sunny Lee serve Co-Chairs of API Network
Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award established; Doris Ching named the inaugural recipient.
Anna Gonzalez and Sunny Lee attend Knowledge Community meetings.
Discussions of eliminating Networks in favor of Knowledge Communities so ethnic groups would have a seat at the table.
Wanted to maintain ties with African American and Latino KC’s
Dr. Amy Agbayani, Dr. Alan Yang, and Dr. Hal Gin are recognized as Pillars of the Profession
Dr. Doris Ching begins a two-year term as President of the NASPA Foundation Board
Dr. Julie Wong & Christine Quemuel are asked to be the new API KC co-chairs

2003 ST. LOUIS

Christine Quemuel & Dr, Julie Wong begin serving co-chairs of the API KC; established and set goals of creating a sense of family within the API KC, creating structure to the leadership team by forming national committees, and fostering connections between senior members of the KC and younger professionals
API Network is officially changed to API Knowledge Community; NEEED and NEEED reception are no longer in existence
Henry Gee receives the Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award
Dr. Sandra Matsui is recognized as a Pillar of the Profession
Creation of national committees and network socials
Recognition of new doctorates and promotions within the KC

2004 DENVER

Christine Quemuel & Dr. Julie Wong serve as Co-chairs
Dr. Amy Agbayani receives the Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award
Regional Representatives were appointed.
Henry Gee is recognized as Pillar of the Profession
Dr. Hal Gin begins a 6-year term on the NASPA Foundation Board of Directors.
Dr. Evette Castillo and Fabian DeRozario appointed next co-chairs

2005 TAMPA

Dr. Evette Castillo and Fabian DeRozario officially take over as co-chairs; established and set goals of expanding the roles of the leadership team, increase the engagement of mid- and senior-level professionals within the API KC, create and disseminate knowledge of the API community within higher education, and create closer connections with regions.
Mike Segawa receives the Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award
Henry Gee and Alvin Tagomori are recognized as Pillars of the Profession
A regular API KC Newsletter is created
VIP (Very Involved Participant) Award established; Daniel Choi and Dawn Lee are the first recipients.
Research and Scholarship Committee established

2006 WASHINGTON, D.C.

Dr. Evette Castillo and Fabian DeRozario serve as co-chairs
Dr. Luoluo Hong receives the Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award
Dr. Lori Ideta and Joy Hoffman receive the VIP Awards
Dr. Doris Ching retires from University of Hawai’i
• There is a noted need to get APIDA professionals involved in NASPA at national level outside of API KC.
Dr. Lori Ideta and Joy Hoffman appointed incoming co-chairs

2007 ORLANDO

Dr. Lori Ideta and Joy Hoffman officially take over as co-chairs; set national goals and priorities of revising the API KC’s mentorship program, clarifying the objectives and job descriptions for national committees, increasing communication with regional representatives, creating new leadership positions within the API KC, bridging relationships between the API KC and other related organizations such as ACPA’s APAN, and revising and improving the national award recognition process.
Joint conference with ACPA; API KC collaborates with ACPA’s APAN to create joint marketing materials and receives recognition from NASPA national leadership for their efforts.
APAN and API KC collaborate on the first annual APPEX—Asians and Pacific Islanders Promoting Educational eXcellence Pre-Conference Workshop. Focus is on identity and upward mobility for APIDAs in student affairs and higher education. The APPEX planning committee is comprised of Dr. Julie Wong (Founding Chair), Michael Paul Wong, Dr. Evette Castillo Clark, Dr. Jean Kim, Daniel Choi, Christina Yao, Rebecca Nelson, and Sunny Park Suh, representing both NASPA and ACPA.
Dr. Julie Wong receives the Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award
Camaron Miyamoto and Hikaru Kozuma receive the VIP Awards
KCs go to an elections process to select national co-chairs.
Discussion initiates nationally about the inclusion of South Asians in the API KC with colleagues in APAN and APINCORE

2008 BOSTON

Dr. Lori Ideta and Joy Hoffman serve as Co-Chairs
Mike Segawa wins a national election to become the second API President of NASPA.
Hikaru Kozuma and Karlen Suga are announced as the API KC’s first set of nationally elected co-chairs.
Outstanding Mentoring Award established; Henry Gee is named the inaugural recipient.
Dr. Hal Gin receives the Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award
Faith Kazmi and Karlen Suga receive the VIP Awards
APPEX is launched for its second year

2009 SEATTLE

Hikaru Kozuma and Karlen Suga officially take over as co-chairs. Established national priorities and goals of collaborating with organizations outside of NASPA, engaging regional reps on a consistent and regular basis, increasing NUFP involvement, South Asian inclusion, and communicating more actively with the general API KC membership.
Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award renamed the Doris Michiko Ching Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award; Jim Larimore is named the recipient.
Outstanding Mentoring Award renamed the Henry Gee Outstanding Mentoring Award; Dr. Anna Gonzalez is named the recipient.
Denise Fung and Raja Bhattar receive the VIP Awards
APPEX is launched for its 3rd year
Local Arrangements Committee is created

2010 CHICAGO

Hikaru Kozuma and Karlen Suga serve as Co-Chairs
Dr. Judy Sakaki receives the Doris Michiko Ching Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award
Dr. Connie Tingson-Gatuz receives the Henry Gee Outstanding Mentoring Award
Dr. Mamta Accapadi and Nicole Virtucio receive the VIP Awards
Dr. Howard Wang is recognized as a Pillar of the Profession
Dr. Doris Ching is recognized as a NASPA Legacy Member by current NASPA President Mike Segawa
APPEX is launched for its 4th year
Raja Bhattar and JoeAnn Nguyen are announced as the second set of nationally elected API KC National Co-Chairs

2011 PHILADELPHIA

Raja Bhattar and JoeAnn Nguyen start the term as Co-Chairs
Dr. Christine Kajikawa Wilkinson receives the Doris Michiko Ching Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award
Dr. Joy Hoffman receives the Henry Gee Outstanding Mentoring Award
Lisa Hatfield and Tedd Vanadilok receive the VIP Awards
Dr. Henry Gee is announced as the Region VI Vice President to begin his term in 2012
APPEX is launched for its 5th year

2012 PHOENIX

Raja Bhattar and JoeAnn Nguyen serve as Co-Chairs
Dr. Audrey Yamagata-Noji receives the Doris Michiko Ching Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award
Shane Carlin receives the Henry Gee Outstanding Mentoring Award
Grace Bagunu and Bindi Patel receive the VIP Awards
APPEX is launched for its 6th year
Dr. Greg Toya and Dr. Daniel Choi appointed incoming Co-Chairs

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