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Senior Education Department Officials Martha Kanter and Kiran Ahuja to Give Remarks at the First Annual 2010 Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund (APIASF) Higher Education Summit


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Liz Utrup, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov


Event Date 1: June 23, 2010

Under Secretary Martha Kanter and Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Kiran Ahuja will each give remarks at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) Higher Education Summit: Access and Success: A Discussion on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Higher Education on Wednesday, June 23. APIASF organized its first annual Higher Education Summit to bring together a wide group of stakeholders including, political leaders, higher education researchers and administrators, representatives from the private and government sectors, community organizations and students, to build a dialogue around Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students in higher education. The all-day Summit will organize participants into working groups and host speeches by some of the country’s experts on Minority-Serving Institutions, leadership and workforce development and underserved students. The working groups will develop concepts and strategies to address obstacles to access and success for underserved APIA students, recommendations to strengthen Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI), build capacity for long-term funding and extend strategies to create an APIA leadership pipeline for various sectors.

Kanter will give a keynote address during the morning Opening Plenary session, where she will address the role of APIA students in achieving the President’s goal of leading the world in college graduates by 2020. During the afternoon Closing Plenary session, Ahuja will give remarks on the Initiative’s cross-agency efforts to directly connect their work with APIA community members and elaborate on the role of APIA students in higher education institutions. Both Kanter and Ahuja will highlight the recent National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) report, released on Wednesday, June 16. The CARE report addresses the implications of the “Model Minority Myth” and highlights the need for more dedicated research to accurately portray APIA students in reforming higher education.

Frank Chong, deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education and Georgia Yuan, deputy general counsel for postsecondary education and regulatory service will also attend this event.

To learn more about the 2010 Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) Higher Education Summit, please visit: http://www.apiasf.org/higher_ed.html


Event 1
Who : Dr. Martha Kanter, Under Secretary, Office of the Deputy Secretary
What : Remarks on the APIA students and the President’s 2020 Goal at the 2010 Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund (APIASF) Higher Education Summit
When : 9:30-9:45 A.M. EDT
Where : Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Amphitheater, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C.
Event 2
Who : Kiran Ahuja, executive director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
What : Remarks on the role of APIA in higher education at the 2010 Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund (APIASF) Higher Education Summit
When : 3:30-3:45 PM EDT
Where : Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Amphitheater, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C.
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