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Session Title

1102: Asian and Asian American students: 'Nothing About Us, Without All of Us' on university and college campuses

Session Times

Tuesday, May 28: 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-5:30 p.m.


Asian American individuals with their families and communities have had a rich and dynamic history in communities across the country and on college campuses. The presence and significant contributions of diverse Asian and Asian American (AAA) communities in higher education are undeniable. Yet challenges remain. Our AAA history is multilayered and complex given the large number of populations represented and different, even contrasting experiences in the US and in higher education. Recent national movements for greater diversity and ongoing inclusion have special meaning for our AAA students. This special NCORE pre-institute continues to bring together some diverse voices among AAA representatives including some who are immigrant or refugee, some who are bi-racial, some quite acculturated, some included, some marginalized by social standing, all with intersectional identities even in higher education. Through their own narratives, professional experiences and richness of interacting with AAA college-age students the audience will hear some of their reflections, struggles as well as triumphs in pursuit of educational success. Now more than ever, in the context of current times including on university and college campuses, we must continue to further strategies with a firm stance of "Nothing about us Asians without all of us Asians" i.e. focusing on our cultural diversity as well as inclusion on campuses nationwide. After each presentation in sequence there will be a distribution of compiled resources and references for attendees.

This pre-conference session should particularly benefit:

  1. Students, faculty, staff identifying as Asian and Asian American (AAA)
  2. Individuals wanting to understand the AAA experience to support successful inclusion in educational settings
  3. Students desiring ways to access AAA coping strategies, strengths, and meaning at colleges and universities
  4. Staff and students seeking meaningful strategies to engage AAA students, staff and faculty in educational settings


Matthew Mock, PhD, Professor, Psychology John F. Kennedy University

Lou Collette Felipe, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco

Zubaida Qamar, PhD, Assistant Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics, Family, Interiors, Nutrition, and Apparel (FINA) San Francisco State University (SFSU)

Rita Phetmixay, MA, MSW, Program Coordinator, Intergroup Relations and GRIT Peer Coaching Programs University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Sherry Wang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology Santa Clara University

Kayoko Yokoyama, PhD, Professor and Co-Chair of Admissions, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology John F. Kennedy University