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SIG Focus: Asian/Pacific Islanders

From the May 18, 2016 NACAC Bulletin:

Co-Leaders of the Asian/Pacific Islander Special Interest Group
David Kamimoto, University of California-Santa Cruz (CA)
Naomi Ewing, STEM High School (CO)

NACAC Special Interest Groups (SIGs) nurture the growing diversity in our association by providing "micro" communities where members can network and add value to their membership experience. These smaller subsets of members are formed for the purpose of knowledge sharing and discussion among members with similar interests whether they are specific subjects, issues or type of institution, or students they serve. 

The mission of the Asian/Pacific Islander (API) Special Interest Group is to bring awareness of Asian/Pacific Islander issues to NACAC members. The group provides resources and support for Asian/Pacific Islander professionals and counselors who work with Asian/Pacific Islander students. 

We meet annually during the NACAC national conference to discuss current issues and trends impacting our work.  In an effort to bring those topics to a broader audience, we encourage members to develop and submit session proposals for upcoming national conferences. Outside of our annual meetings at conferences, we share information and network via our API Exchange Group, which interested professionals can join. 

Examples of sessions that have been presented at past NACAC national conferences include:

  • Understanding and Responding to the Tiger Mom: Research and Practice - 2014 national conference in Indianapolis
  • Is There an Anti-Asian Bias in College Admissions? – 2012 national conference in Denver
  • Underrepresented Asian American Students:  Understanding their Culture, Values, and Challenges - 2011 national conference in New Orleans. 

If you are planning to attend NACAC's 2016 National Conference in Columbus and our mission speaks to you, please come to our meeting! We welcome your presence and input.

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