On Wednesday, June 23, 2010, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) convened its first annual Higher Education Summit at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The Summit was attended by a multi-cultural group of more than 300 political and policy leaders, higher education experts, business leaders and students.
The summit addressed the obstacles to access and success for underserved Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students while building a case for needed federal policies, increased investments, and improved research and data collection. Summit attendees based their work the recommendations of a National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) report which combats the myth that AAPI students are universally high achieving and urges they be part of higher education reform discussions.
Throughout the day, participants had the opportunity to speak with some of the country's experts on minority serving institutions, underserved students, higher education, APIA and education research, federal policy, and leadership and workforce development. There was also a networking lunch to help build connections across each of the various sectors and the day concluded with a reception held in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APIACS) to recognize the members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) for their commitment to access and education for all students.
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