2010 APIASF Higher Education Summit Working Group Facilitators, Framers and Advisors

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The Working Groups were a key component of the APIASF Higher Education Summit. During each session, a group of Facilitators, Framers and Advisors helped propel critical discussions and strategies among the participants.

Working Group Facilitators
The Facilitators led and managed the process of information exchange by providing thought-provoking questions and ideas to the forefront and synthesizing participants' discussions.

Working Group Framers
The Framers provided a brief introduction and relevance to the session topic.

Working Group Advisors
The Advisors were subject matter experts who contributed to the conversation and led participants during round table discussions. Their expertise helped steer the discussions on the session topic.


Working Group Facilitators, Framers and Advisors

Underserved Students

Sponsor Representative: Krissann Pearce, Vice President, Congressional Relations, USA Funds
Framer: Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo
Facilitators Sefa Aina, Director, Asian American Resource Center, Pomona College
Audrey Yamagata-Noji, Ph.D., Vice President Student Services, Mt. San Antonio College
Presenters: Sefa Aina, Director, Asian American Resource Center, Pomona College: Pacific Islanders Presentation
Monica Thammarath, Education Advocate, Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC): Southeast Asians Presentation
Vega Subramaniam, Director of Programs and Partnerships, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT): South Asians Presentation
Advisors: Walter Allen, Ph.D., Allan Murray Cartter Professor of Higher Education, Higher Education Organizational Change, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Frank Chong, Ph.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges, U.S. Department of Education, (DOE)
Matt Finucane, Senior Liaison to Asian American and Pacific Islander Community, National Education Association
Shirley Hune, Ph.D., Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, College of Education, University of Washington
Mary Okada, Ph.D., President, Guam Community College
Monica Thammarath, Education Advocate, Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
Victor Thompson, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Pacific Islander Education Network (NPIEN)
Doua Thor, President and Executive Director, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
Ronald Williams, Vice President, College Board
 

Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and AANAPISI

Sponsor Representative: Mark Espinoza, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs, Walmart
Framer: Congressman David Wu
Cynthia Swann, Director and Senior Advisor, National Education Association (NEA)
Presenters: Gumecindo Salas, Ph.D., Vice President, Government Relations, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
The Honorable Robert Underwood, Ph.D., President, University of Guam
 

MSI and AANAPISI Group A

Facilitator: Mark Mitsui, M.Ed., Vice President, Student Services, South Seattle Community College
Advisors: Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D., President, Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)
Mae Lee, Ph.D., Director AANAPISI Grant Project, Deanza College
William T. Pollard Jr., Program Manager, New Concepts Management Solutions, LLC
Gumecindo Salas, Ph.D., Vice President, Government Relations, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
The Honorable Robert Underwood, Ph.D., President, University of Guam
 

MSI and AANAPISI Group B

Facilitator: Howard Wang, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Student Affairs, California State University, Fullerton
Advisors: Marybeth Gasman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania
Larry A. Griffith, M.Ed., Vice President, Gates Millennium Scholars Program, UNCF
Dee Stevens, M.S.A., President and CEO, New Concepts Management Solutions (NCMS), LLC
Minh-Hoa Ta, Ed.D., Director of Asian Pacific American Student Success Center, City College of San Francisco
Elsa Tung, Legislative Assistant, Office of Congressman David Wu
 

Leadership & Workforce Development

Sponsor Representative: Anna Powell, Community Affairs Manager, Social Responsibility Group, Wachovia, A Wells Fargo Company
Moderator: Linda Akutagawa, Senior Vice President, Resource and Business Development, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc.
Panelists: Brad Baldia, National President and Chairman of the Board, NAAAP
Carson Eoyang, Emeritus Professor, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
Carolyn Teich, Senior Program Associate for Workforce and Economic Development, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
 

Leadership & Workforce Development Group A

Facilitator: Linda Akutagawa, Senior Vice President, Resource and Business Development, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc.
Advisors: Gailda Pitre Davis, Ed.D., Associate Director, Center for Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity, Division of Programs and Research, American Council on Education (ACE)
Michael C. Lin, Chair, Board of Trustees, Montgomery College
Jim Meng, Ph.D., STEM Executive, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Navy, United States Navy
Mee Moua, Minnesota State Senator
Christine Shimizu, Vice President, Raytheon
Richard Shurtz, Ph.D., President, Stratford University
 

Leadership & Workforce Development Group B

Facilitator: Bob Suzuki, Ph.D., President Emeritus, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Advisors: Brad Baldia, National President and Chairman of the Board, NAAAP
Carol Jackson, Vice President, External Affairs, Macy's Inc.
Tim Johnson, CARE Commissioner; Office of Hawai’ian Affairs
Don Nakanishi, Ph.D., CARE Commissioner; UCLA
Kehaulani Vaughn, Project Coordinator, PLUS, Student Support Services, Academic Advancement Program, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)