About

The APIKC is home to a group of dedicated and dynamic student affairs professionals as well as graduate and undergraduate students and we hope you take the time to get to know our growing community. The APIKC would not be what it is today without the outstanding work of our national and regional leadership team and our members. A sincere thank you to all of you for the work you do on a daily basis to ensure the vitality and visibility of our diverse community!

Mission

The Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community seeks to educate and inform NASPA members about the current issues, trends, and research facing Asian Pacific Islanders in higher education. We actively nurture and support the professional development of students and professionals through an offering an e-mentoring program, producing and sharing research, encouraging dialogue via online forums around issues facing our Asian Pacific Islander communities, and providing leadership and involvement opportunities within the KC. As one of the ethnicity-based knowledge communities, this KC is committed to honoring and respecting the multiple and diverse communities that exist within the greater Asian Pacific Islander category and strives to increase knowledge and understanding with the student affairs profession.

History

The API KC has a long and rich history that we'd love to share with you! Below is a recounting of our history that was compiled by Dr. Julie Wong and revised by Karlen Suga based on interviews conducted by Danielle Howard, Rouel Velasco, Kevin Gin, Hikaru Kozuma, and Karlen 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
  • 1989 - Philadelphia
    • Henry Gee becomes the chair of the Network for Educational Equity and 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 Knowledge Communities 
    • 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 APIKC co-chairs
  • 2003 - St. Louis
    • Christine Quemuel & Dr, Julie Wong begin serving co-chairs of the APIKC;  established and set goals of creating a sense of family within the APIKC, 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, DC
    • 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 2nd 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
  • 2013 - Orlando 
    • Dr. Greg Toya and Dr. Daniel Choi start the term as Co-Chairs
    • Mark Mitsui receives the Doris Michiko Ching Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award
    • Dr. Lori Ideta receives the Henry Gee Outstanding Mentoring Award
    • Cleda Wang and Kenny Importante receive the VIP Awards
    • APPEX is launched for its 7th year
  • 2014 - Baltimore
    • Dr. Greg Toya and Dr. Daniel Choi serve as Co-Chairs
    • Jane Higa receives the Doris Michiko Ching Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award
    • Dr. Mamta Accapadi receives the Henry Gee Outstanding Mentoring Award
    • Dr. Liza Talusan and Tera Nakata receive the VIP Awards
    • Dr. Sumi Pendakur receives the Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award
    • Dr. Dina Maramba receives the Distinguished Contribution to Research & Scholarship Award
    • Kristine Din receives the Rising Star Award
    • Aaron Parayno receives the Future Leader Award
    • APPEX is launched for its 8th year
    • Kevin Gin and Nicole Virtucio Moya appointed incoming Co-Chairs
  • 2015 - New Orleans
    • Kevin Gin and Nicole Virtucio Moya serve as Co-Chairs
    • Dr. Mamta Accapadi receives the Doris Michiko Ching Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award
    • Angela Rola receives the Henry Gee Outstanding Mentoring Award
    • Sue Ann Huang and Kristen Wong receive the Very Involved Participants Awards
    • Andi Sims receives the Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award
    • Dr. Robert Teranishi receives the Distinguished Contribution to Research & Scholarship Award
    • Jude Paul Dizon receives the Rising Star Award
    • Trina Tran receives the Future Leader Award
    • APPEX is launched for its 9th year
  • 2016 - Indianapolis
    • Kevin Gin and Nicole Virtucio Moya serve as Co-Chairs
    • Dr. Mamta Accapadi receives the Doris Michiko Ching Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award
    • Angela Rola receives the Henry Gee Outstanding Mentoring Award
    • Sue Ann Huang and Kristen Wong receive the Very Involved Participants Awards
    • Andi Sims receives the Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award
    • Dr. Robert Teranishi receives the Distinguished Contribution to Research & Scholarship Award
    • Jude Paul Dizon receives the Rising Star Award
    • Trina Tran receives the Future Leader Award
    • APPEX is launched for its 9th year
    • 2017 - San Antonio
      • Queena Hoang and Long Wu serve as Co-Chairs
      • Dr. Evette Castillo Clark receives the Dr. Doris Michiko Ching Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award
      • Dr. Linda Ahuna-Hamill receives the Henry Gee Outstanding Mentoring Award
      • Kristine Bacani & Joi Thailoan Torres receive the Very Involved Participants Awards
      • Dr. Daniel Choi receives the Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award
      • Dr. Samuel Maseus receives the Distinguished Contribution to Research & Scholarship Award
      • Natasia Bongcas receives the Rising Star Award
      • Brenda Dao receives the Future Leader Award
      • APPEX is launched for its 10th year
    • 2018 - Philadelphia
      • Queena Hoang & Long Wu serve as Co-Chairs
      • Dr. Ajay Nair receives the Dr. Doris Michiko Ching Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award
      • Dr. Christine Quemuel receives the Henry Gee Outstanding Mentoring Award
      • Melissa Camba-Kelsay & Susan Liu (Huynh) receive the Very Involved Participants Awards
      • Dr. Delia Cheung Hom receives the Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award
      • Dr. Tracy Poon Tambascia receives the Distinguished Contribution to Research & Scholarship Award
      • Peter Satugarn Limthongviratn receives the Rising Star Award
      • Varaxy Yi & Joren Plunkett receives the Future Leader Award
      • APPEX is launched for its 11th year.
    • 2019 - Los Angeles
      • To be announced