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API Colleagues REP(PRESENTING) at the 2013 NASPA Multicultural Institute

We are excited to share 2 presentations that will be presented at this year’s NASPA Multicultural Institute by our very own API colleagues in student affairs and higher education. If you have a chance to attend, makes sure to show support and tell folks to attend! Please see the descriptions below that give you an overview of the presentations.


Presentation Title: Engaging Asian American Students: A Focus on Activism
Presenter: Liza Talusan

Asian American students are increasing in numbers in higher education, yet have our practices changed in student affairs to be culturally inclusive of leadership, activism, and student engagement? Through a critical race theory lens, we will explore the ways in which current student development theories and practices have privileged certain groups and marginalized others. With a particular focus on Asian American students, this session will inform our practices and outreach in multicultural affairs.

One way to support our Asian American students is in empowering them to engage in both leadership and activist organizations, activities and identity building. Currently, Asian American students have organized to create and run free-standing (i.e., not affiliated with any institutions) leadership conferences. However, are Asian American students orgnaizing outside of our colleges and universities because are failing to provide meaningful opportunities on campus for engagement, leadership and activism? What responsibility does multicultural affairs and student affairs have towards building capacity in our Asian American student community? How do we expand this knowledge and experience outside of the racial/ethnic group to engage all professionals to provide culturally relevant and situated frameworks for leadership development?

The format for this session will be a mix of lecture and reflection. The goal is for professionals to take a critical race lens to our own leadership development and disrupt ways in which we may be perptuating stereotypes of Asian American students, how our own practices may be marginalizing them, and workshops/opportunities/capacity building to meet the needs of Asian American students on our campuses.

Presentation Title: Undocumented Asian American Students and the Model Minority Myth
Presenters: Dr. Tracy Poon Tambascia, Jonathan Wang, Viet Bui, and Breanne Tcheng 

In the summer of 2013, Dr. Tracy Poon Tambascia, Jonathan Wang, Viet Bui, and Breanne Tcheng teamed up to explore the intersection of undocumented students and the model minority myth.  What started as curiosity and inquiry flourished into solidified research questions, a literature review of current research, and not to mention a couple drafts for IRB approval.  We are currently moving into our initial stages of data collection and could not be more excited!

Our study – “Undocumented Asian American Students and the Model Minority Myth” aims to increase the understanding of undocumented immigrant, Asian American students’ experiences in college. The study also seeks to understand how this largely invisible population experiences the unique pressures of the model minority myth and the types of support services sought by students at their respective university campuses.  Through an analysis and critique of interview data, our team hopes to provide recommendations on how student affairs professionals and administrators can support this growing population of students.

If you or any other students would like to participate in this study, please contact us at (424) 242-9764 with your first name, phone number and the best time to reach you. 

We are thankful for this incredible opportunity to present our hard work at the NASPA Multicultural Institute in December and hope that you get the chance to stop by.  If you are unable to attend, but would like more information on our study, please feel free to contact us at


headshotPresentation Title: “Asian Americans: We have feelings too”
Presenter: Queena Hoang

“With the stereotype of the “model minority,” Asian American students are perceived to experience few, if any, social and psychological problems in college.  However, research shows that the number of mental health concerns faced by Asian Americans has increased over the past three decades.  This program will address the mental health concerns Asian American students face, as well as provide insights and implications on how student affair professionals can best support Asian American students with mental health concerns during college.”



Dear Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community Members,

Are you seeking to get more involved with other NASPA API members? We are soliciting nominations of NASPA members to serve as the next Chair or Co-Chairs, for NASPA’s API Knowledge Community. The KC Chair or Co-chairs are elected for a three-year term: one year (March, 2014-March 2015) as Chairs-Elect and two years (March 2014-March 2017) as KC Chair or Co-chairs. We invite you to view the full Knowledge Community Chair/Co-chair position description.

Any NASPA member may nominate another member for the role of Chair-Elect or Co-Chair-Elect. Self-nominations are also accepted. Nominees will be evaluated on the basis of (1) regional and/or national visibility in the Knowledge Community, (2) participation in the Knowledge Community at the regional or national level, and (3) other contributions to the profession that relate to the mission of the Knowledge Community.

If you wish to nominate someone, or you are interested in serving in this position (we strongly encourage Co-chairs), please submit your nomination(s) by email to Belinda Vea at no later than October 28, 2013 (NEW DATE! EXTENDED DEADLINE!).

A nomination must include the following:

· Nominee(s) name, NASPA Member ID, title, institution, mobile phone number, and email address.
· Digital photograph (A standard “professional” headshot is most appropriate. If a color photograph is submitted, it will appear on the ballot in color; if a black-and-white photograph is submitted, it will appear on the ballot in black-and-white.)
· Current resume or C.V. devoid of personal information (e.g., home address, home phone number) and with any references removed. The resume or C.V. must be submitted in PDF format.
· Candidate statement (500-700 words, MS Word format) that clearly and concisely articulates the nominee’s philosophy, purpose, and/or goals. The candidate statement may include paragraph breaks where needed. If nominees are running as co-chairs, they should submit a single, joint candidate statement, which conforms to the 500-700 word requirement.

PLEASE NOTE: These materials will NOT be edited by the NASPA Office, so it is essential that candidates carefully prepare and review their materials before submitting them.

The nominations committee will review nominees’ materials, and then submit a final list of candidates to the NASPA Office for the official ballot. The NASPA Office will prepare the official ballot for distribution to all Knowledge Community members. Ballots will be mailed electronically to all KC members in January, 2014, and elections will be open for 30 days.

If you have any questions, please contact Belinda Vea ( with the KC nominating committee. Thank you for your interest and participation.

API KC Nominating Committee
Belinda Vea (University of California Office of the President)
Kevin Lee (Loyola University Chicago)
Queena Hoang (University of Vermont)

We look forward to your involvement and leadership!

Assessment and Persistence Conference Committees Seeking Leadership: Applications Due October 15, 2013.

Are you interested in shaping the conversation around assessment and persistence?  Then join the newly formed conference committees!  The 2014 Conference Committees are seeking qualified applicants to help with the program review process for the 2014 NASPA Assessment and Persistence  Conference to be held June 19-21, 2014 in San Antonio, TX.  To apply, please log-in to the new NASPA website and visit Volunteer Central and select either the Assessment or Persistence Committees.  Applicants also need to submit a copy of their resume as well as a brief statement of interest (see website for details). If you need more information or have any questions, please contact Laura Sponsler at

A Greeting from NASPA IV-E APIKC Representative!

If you are a member of Region IV-E, please email Kevin Lee to get involved! 


Dear APIKC Region 4E Member,

Happy start of the new academic year! I hope this message finds you all doing well and eager to make this year one of the best yet!  

First, let me introduce myself. My name is Kevin Lee and I have the pleasure of serving you as the NASPA Region IV-East Representative for the API KC. You are receiving this message because of your prior interest and commitment to the API KC.

My goals during my term is to reach out to you all and others interested to provide resources for hot topics and trends specific to our region. In addition, I would like to provide professional development and social opportunities that is cost efficient and maybe through social media.

I’d like to ask if you can take a few minutes to complete the Google Form to gauge your interest in helping out and getting involved in the region. Thank you in advance for your input!

Finally, the NASPA Region IV-East Conference is months away. I will be attending and will be at the KC Reception to promote awareness for the KC. If you would like to help out please let me know. Otherwise, I look forward to meeting many of you there!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with anything and I hope serve you well during my term. Have a great semester and year!


C. H. Kevin Lee, M.A.
Resident Director, Campion Hall
Department of Residence Life, Loyola University Chicago

APIKC and APAN at the CaCCCHE Conference!

There were several APIKC and APAN professionals that attended the annual summer CaCCCHE Conference at UC Davis.  The California Council for Cultural Centers in Higher Education hosts a summer conference where professionals doing diversity and social justice work in the region gather to support each other as well as share and generate knowledge.  Over 70 professionals attended the conference this past June.


This year Dr. Lori Patton, Associate Professor at Indiana University shared her research on cultural centers on which she recently released a book “Campus Culture Centers in Higher Education”.  We also had a chance to hear from a second keynote, Dr. Silvia Hurtado who is a Professor and Director of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education.


SPOTLIGHT: Joliana Yee

JolianaYeeBorn and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Joliana Yee came to the USA in 2006 as an international student to pursue her undergraduate degree at Miami University (Ohio). It was at Miami that she became involved with Residential Life as a Resident Assistant and was first introduced to the field of Student Affairs. After graduating with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science, Joliana made the decision to attend the Higher Education and Student Affairs Master’s program at Indiana University (Bloomington). Her experiences as an Asian international student and now professional at PWIs continues to informs her practice as a social justice educator as she strives to advocate for inclusive environments that are built on practices that are more ethno-relative as opposed to ethnocentric. Her academic interests are international education, Asian identity development, access and retention of underrepresented students. Outside of work, Joliana is an avid traveler who enjoys learning, making cross-cultural connections and expanding her perspective through experiencing new foods, sights and conversation.

Knowledge Nugget: Asian American Corporate Employees Dedicated, But Often Don’t Fit In (INFOGRAPHIC)

According to the Asia Society’s 2013 Asian Pacific American Corporate Survey released today at the Diversity Leadership Forum in New York, 90 percent of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) working in corporate environments said they “really care about their company’s overall success.” Meanwhile, over 40 percent of the survey pool indicated they either don’t feel a sense of belonging as an APA employee of their company or are indifferent. Full article here:


After examining the statistics on the infographics provided, if we were to change the setting into our own higher education institutions and API staff and faculty – what do you think the numbers would look like? What critical questions do we need to ask? What would our “sense of belonging” be? Things to think about…

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