Ali Raza, NASPA IV-W Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community Representative
February 28, 2018
The NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Annual Conference is upon us. In less than a week, people from all across the United States and world will be gathering in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend the annual meeting. This year’s conference is set to be a special one as NASPA will be celebrating its 100th anniversary as an association and the Asian Pacific Islanders Knowledge Community will be celebrating its 20th anniversary of existence!
As someone who identifies as Desi-South Asian, lives in Colorado, and works as a new professional in student affairs, having the privilege to attend the national conference means so much to me. Once a year, our community – ‘ohana – comes together to celebrate each other, support each other, and be with each other. People from all institution types, regions, and years in the profession will come together. In 1998-1999, the first official year of the Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community, more than 20 people who identify as part of the APIDA community gathered at the national conference in New Orleans. This marked the largest concerted APIDA gathering at NASPA to date. Twenty years later, the APIDA community has grown tremendously as has the representation, gathering, and sheer number of people working in higher education and student affairs. We are set to have our largest gathering to date on our 20th anniversary of existence at this year’s NASPA Annual Conference in Philadelphia.
How far we have come as a community to experience steady growth year after year. How far we have come to where we are now being represented in higher education and student affairs. How far we have come to witness the giants who have come before us pave the way for the next generation of APIDA scholars and practitioners to go further. The Annual Conference is more than a time to attend educational sessions and gain professional development; it is an opportunity for people to come together, find and build community, and ensure there is a path toward greater representation and commitment. This is what the Asian Pacific Islanders Knowledge Community is all about. It “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 a variety of programs and by providing leadership and involvement opportunities within the KC.”
For those of you attending the NASPA Annual Conference, check out the following programs and events taking place Sunday through Wednesday in Philadelphia as well as our 2018 APIKC Award winners.
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Monday, March 5, 2018
Tuesday March 6, 2018
Wednesday March 7, 2018
I hope to see some of you at the aforementioned events during the NASPA Annual Conference in Philadelphia - mahalo!
Ali Raza is a Program Coordinator in Campus Activities at Colorado State University. He is on the NASPA IV-W Advisory Board serving as the Asian Pacific Islanders Knowledge Community Representative. For more information on the API Knowledge Community or if you would like to get in touch with Ali, feel free to reach out to him at [email protected] or visit the APIKC website here.
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