Monday, November 2, 2015
9 am to 12 pm
Dogwood Room
Indiana Memorial Union

Asian American and Pacific Islander Experiences in Higher Education
A Forum on Policies and the Model Minority Myth

Part 1 - Policies and Research on Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education

9:00 to 10:30 am

This will be a presentation from three specialists focusing on policies, recent statistical reports, and political debates.

Guest presenters will be introduced by Tracey Bradley, Graduate Recruiter at the IU College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Dina Okamoto

    Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Indiana University
    Director, Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES)

    Professor Okamoto will talk about current national and regional statistics related to Asian Americans in higher education, and report on social science research that explains the evolution and reproduction of the model minority stereotype. She will also address the affirmative action debate and the invisibility of Asian Americans in regard to policy.

  • Doug Nguyen

    Regional Co-Lead, Great Lakes Regional Network of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

    The Great Lakes Region Lead will present an overview of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the Regional Network of Agencies and its outreach activities. Of specific interest will be the Initiative’s focus on improving access to AAPIs in Higher Education and other Minority programs. Attendees will have the opportunity ask questions following the panel presentation.

  • Karen Su, PhD

    Principal Investigator & Project Director, UIC AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution) Initiative
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

    Dr. Su will talk about AANAPISI supported programs at UIC.

Q & A Session - 10:00 to 10:30 am

Break - 10:30 to 10:40 am

Part 2 - Refusing Stereotypes: Neither Stranger Nor Model Minority

10:40 am to 12:00 pm

This session will feature a panel discussion on the model minority myth and the perpetual foreigner stereotype and their implications on identity and the experiences of AAPIs in higher education.

Panelists will be presented by Lisa Kwong, Adjunct Lecturer in the Asian American Studies Program. The discussion will be moderated by Maria Hamilton Abegunde, Director of The Graduate Mentoring Center and Visiting Lecturer in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies.

The Dangers of Falling Into the Trap of the Model Minority Myth

  • Ms. Victoria Loong

    Director, Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center, Purdue University

  • Dr. David Chih

    Director, Asian American Cultural Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Assistant Dean of Students, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Your English is Really Good! The Perpetual Foreigner Stereotype and Its Impact on Asian Americans

  • Y. Joel Wong, PhD

    Associate Professor, Counseling & Counseling Psychology, Indiana University

Lunch - 12:00 to 1:30 pm
We have reserved 30 seats at the IMU Tudor Room for those who wish to continue the conversation with the panelists. Full lunch at the Tudor Room is $10.95, but there are multiple dining options at various price levels. We will be providing a lunch voucher to students who attend the conference. Please RSVP here.