Asian Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association

Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics

APIFSA History

LEADERSHIP EDUCATION OF ASIAN-PACIFICS (LEAP)

ASIAN-PACIFIC ISLANDER FACULTY & STAFF ASSOCIATION (APIFSA)

Historical Background

 
Founding Members: Martin Shibata, Career Services
                                      Joy Harkins, Student Life & Leadership
                                      Janis Eto, Housing
                                      Abe Lynn, Architectural Engineering Department
                                      Kathy Chen, Materials Engineering Department
 

History

In the Summer Quarter of 2007, Joy Harkins and Janis Eto had just returned from a Leadership Development Program in Higher Education (LDPHE) conference, held at Cal Poly Pomona Conference Center.  LDPHE promotes Asian-Pacifics in higher education, providing a week-long professional development training session.  Career Services through the Student Affairs Division had awarded scholarships to Joy and Janis to attend the conference.  The following year Kathy registered as a faculty member.
 
Martin Shibata and Abe Lynn had attended the LDPHE conference in earlier years.  In the Fall of 2007, we met to discuss establishing a Leadership Education for Asian-Pacifics (LEAP) group at Cal Poly.  Martin Shibata was elected as Chairperson to lead this new emerging group.  The founding members would assist with program development.  Career Services would contribute funds to initiate this effort in support of diversity at Cal Poly.
 

APIFSA Development

On November 9, 2010, a request was sent to David Conn or the Inclusive Excellence Office to establish the Asian Pacific Islander Faculty & Staff Association (APIFSA) as a formal organization.  Our request was forwarded to Dan Howard-Greene and the President’s Office.  On December 17, 2010, President Glidden provided provisional approval for establishment of the APIFSA.
 
On November 23, 2010, a request for a New Campus Program was approved by the Student Affairs Division (Cornel Morton) and submitted to the Cal Poly Foundation Campus Programs.  On December 21, 2010, Cal Poly Corporation approved opening a new account for APIFSA (organization key number: 80552).  Initial source of funds were provided from Career Services ($5,000).
 
In the Fall Quarter of 2011, Sharon Anderson worked with Information Technology Services (ITS) to establish the APIFSA Website:  
 
On November 21, 2011, a request was submitted to President Armstrong to formally recognize APIFSA as a university-affiliated group.  Prerequisites have been completed relative to establishing a new account and website.  By-laws have also been forwarded to the President’s Office and Contracts & Procurement.
 
On January 27, 2012, President Armstrong met with the APIFSA Planning Committee and core leadership to announce and formally recognize the Asian Pacific Islander Faculty & Staff Association as a university-affiliated group.
 
On March 6, 2012, APIFSA approved the by-laws by vote (26 – yes versus 0 – no).  In addition, the following individuals were elected to office for academic year 2012-13:
 
                                     Chair                             Joy Harkins, Student Life & Leadership
                                     Vice-Chair                    Grace Yeh, Ethnic Studies
                                     Secretary/Treasurer   Martin Shibata, Career Services
 

 

PROGRAMMING – Academic Year 2007-08

 

Planning Committee

Martin Shibata, Career Services & Chair
Joy Harkins, Student Life & Leadership
Janis Eto, Housing
Kathy Chen, Materials Engineering Department
Abe Lynn, Architectural Engineering Department
 

LEAP Professional Development Luncheon

February 6, 2008, PAC Lobby
 
Keynote Speaker:
             Audrey Yamagata-Noji
             Vice President of Student Affairs at Mt San Antonio College.
 
Topic: She spoke on how our cultural heritage can be both a help and hindrance to our professional success.
Asian Pacific-Islander faculty and staff were invited to attend.
Attendance - 57
 

LEAP Social Event

May 10, 2008, Buddhist Church in SLO
Social Event:  Asian Pacific potluck
Demonstrations:  Thai Chi Center and Buddhist Taiko Drummers.
Faculty, staff and family members were invited to connect with Asian Pacific-Islanders at Cal Poly.
Attendance – 46
 
 

PROGRAMMING – Academic Year 2008-09

 

Planning Committee

Martin Shibata, Career Services & Chair
Joy Harkins, Student Life & Leadership
Janis Eto, Housing
Kathy Chen, Materials Engineering Department
Abe Lynn, Architectural Engineering Department
 

LEAP Professional Development Luncheon

February 11, 2009, PAC Lobby
 
Keynote Speaker:
             Patrick Hayashi
             Vice President for University of California Board of Regents (retired)
 
Topic: Dr. Hayashi spoke about his fight in the UC system and how admission criteria hinder the acceptance of Asian Pacific-Islanders and others into the UC system.  He also touched on his experience being interned and personal growth and development.
Attendance - 44
 

LEAP Social Event

May 2, 2009, Buddhist Church in SLO
Social Event: Asian Pacific Potluck
Demonstrations:  Thai Chi Center, Hawaiian Dancers, Bonzai Tree Cutting and Taiko Drummers.
Attendance - 55
 
 

PROGRAMMING – Academic Year 2009-10

 

LEAP PLANNING COMMITTEE

Martin Shibata, Career Services & Chair
Joy Harkins, Student Life & Leadership
Janis Eto, Housing
Kathy Chen, Material Engineering Department
Soukita Thipsouvanh, Career Services
Sharon Anderson, ITS
Lina Pranata, Counseling Services
Goro Kato, Mathematics Department
Magarida Yin, Architecture Department
Jimmy Doi, Statistics Department
 

LEAP Professional Development Luncheon

February 9, 2010, PAC Lobby
 
Keynote Speaker:
             Judy Sakaki
             University of California, Office of the President
 
Topic: Dr. Sakaki spoke on her personal journey through higher education and how she used her cultural and family values to promote her success.
Attendance - 52
 

LEAP Social Event

May 1, 2010, Buddhist Church in SLO
Social Event:  Asian Pacific potluck
Demonstration:  Indian Food Cooking Demonstration by Hema Dandekar (CRP Department Head and author of “Beyond Curry” an Indian cookbook) and Dandiya dancers and Taiko Drummers.
Attendance - 48
 
 

PROGRAMMING – Academic Year 2010-11

 

LEAP PLANNING COMMITTEE

Joy Harkins, Student Life & Leadership & Chair
Martin Shibata, Career Services
Janis Eto, Housing
Kathy Chen, Material Engineering Department
Soukita Thipsouvanh, Career Services
Sharon Anderson, ITS
Lina Pranata, Counseling Services
Magarida Yin, Architecture Department
Jimmy Doi, Statistics Department
Grace Yeh, Ethnic Studies Department
 

LEAP Educational Workshop

November 4, 2010, UU220
 
Keynote Speaker:
             Dr. Don Rujin, Psychology Department
             "Mental Health and Asian Pacific-Islanders"
 
Topic:  Dr. Rujin addressed mental health in API’s. This was in response to the recent student suicide.
Attendance - 25
 

APIFSA Professional Development Luncheon

February 9, 2011, PAC Lobby
 
Keynote Speaker:
             Bob Suzuki
             President of Cal Poly Pomona (retired)
 
Topic: Dr. Suzuki shared about his personal journey as an API and encouraged others to pursue leadership roles in higher education.
Attendance - 48
 

APIFSA Social Event

April 30, 2011, Buddhist Church of SLO
Social Event:  Asian Pacific potluck
Demonstration:  Sushi demonstration by Goshi’s Restaurant.  Dance demonstration by the Kasayahan, Filipino traditional dance group.
Attendance – 42
APIFSA also solicited funds for the American Red Cross in response to the humanitarian needs from the Tsunami.
 
 
 

PROGRAMMING – Academic Year 2011-12

 

APIFSA PLANNING COMMITTEE

Joy Harkins, Student Life & Leadership & Chair
Martin Shibata, Career Services
Janis Eto, Housing
Kathy Chen, Material Engineering Department
Soukita Thipsouvanh, Career Services
Sharon Anderson, ITS
Lina Pranata, Counseling Services
Magarida Yin, Architecture Department
Grace Yeh, Ethnic Studies Department
 

APIFSA Educational Workshop

October 26, 2011, UU204
 
Keynote Speaker:
             Dr. Christina Firpo, History Department
             “Child Care in Vietnam During the Great Depression: Colonial Benevolence or Exploitation”
 
Topic: Dr. Firpo shared her research work on mixed race orphans (some being taken from their Vietnamese mothers) during the French colonial period in Vietnam and how the imperial government used these children to further establish European power.
Attendance – 28
 

APIFSA Professional Development Luncheon

February 9. 2012, PAC Lobby
 
Keynote Speaker:
             JD Hokoyama, former President of LEAP, Inc.
             Topic: “Twenty First Century Leadership”
 
This session presented a new leadership framework and characteristics of an effective 21st
century leader in a diverse, multicultural society based on LEAP’s leadership philosophy that
encourages participants to retain their cultural identity while maximizing their effectiveness.
Additional focus was placed on broadening and deepening participant knowledge of the
impact of their Asian cultural values on their behavior and the perceptions that result from
their behaviors.
Attendance – 44
 

APIFSA Social Event

April 28, 2012, Buddhist Church of SLO (11:00am – 2:30pm)
Social Event:  Asian Pacific potluck
Demonstration:  Sushi demonstration by Goshi’s Restaurant.  Taiko drum demonstration
Attendance – 67
 

PROGRAMMING - Academic Year 2012-13


Planning Committee
Sharon Anderson, ITS
Katherine Chen, Material Engineering
Jimmy Doi, Statistics
Sheerin Go, Office of the Registrar
Lina Pranata, Counseling Services
Martin Shibata, Career Services
Soukita Thipsouvanh, Career Services
Grace Yeh, Ethnic Studies
Margarida Yin, Architecture

APIFSA Professional Development Luncheon
Wednesday, February 6, 2013, PAC Lobby
Keynote Speaker: Henry Gee

Topic: Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Leadership - Pipeline or Pipedream?


Henry Gee is currently serving as Vice President for Student Affairs at Rio Hondo College.  He is very active with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).  He also serves with the Leadership Education of Asian Pacifics (LEAP) and co-facilitates a leadership development program in higher education.

APIFSA Social Event
April 27, 2013
Buddhist Church of SLO (11:00am – 2:30pm)

Social Event:  Asian Pacific potluck

Demonstration:  Sushi demonstration by Goshi’s Restaurant. Chinese Student Club present their "Take-Out Kids" dancers.

 

PROGRAMMING - Academic Year 2013-14

Planning Committee

Donna Aiken, College of Engineering
Kathy Chen, Material Engineering
Que Dang, Cross Cultural Centers
Jimmy Doi, Statistics
Sheerin Go, Office of the Registrar
Joy Harkins, Dean of Students Office
Seth Igarta, Career Services
Donna Massicotte, Emeritus
Jennifer Pedrotti, College of Liberal Arts
Herlina Pranata, Counseling Services
Martin Shibata, Career Services
Eumi Sprague, CPC Information Technology
Soukita Thipsouvanh, Career Services
Grace Yeh, Ethnic Studies
Margarida Yin, Architecture

APIFSA Fall Educational Workshop
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 UU 220
Keynote Speaker: Grace Yeh, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies

Topic: Filipino Love Stories of San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties, 1920-1979.
This is an ethnic studies memory project focused on under-documented communities of the Central Coast.  This draws from interviews with and personal archives of the wives and children of these first migrants to the agricultural region of the Central Coast.  These stories reveal the contrained circumstances that marked Filipino American lives as well as the intimate bonds - of marriage, family and community - forged under such circumstances. 

APIFSA Fall Social
Thursday, November 14, 2013

An opportunity for API faculty, staff, and students to network. Information about the scholarship was given and 2013 scholarship recipients were honored.

APIFSA Professional Development Luncheon
February 6, 2014

Keynote Speaker: President Les Wong from San Franscisco State University

APIFSA Social Event
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Buddhist Church of SLO (11:00am – 2:30pm)


Social event: Asian Pacific potluck.
Demonstration:  Sushi demonstration by Goshi’s Restaurant

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