Asian pacific american network

Thank you for stopping by to learn more about the Asian Pacific American Network. Take some time to look through our content and don’t hesitate to share how you’d like to get involved. Use the menu below to jump to a section of interest.

For more information, or to get involved, email APAN Co-Chairs Sheraz Iqbal (2020-2022) and Eric Carnaje (2021-2023). Additionally, for all of APAN’s current happenings and communication platforms, check out our Linktree.

Our Mission

The Asian Pacific American Network (APAN) is dedicated to addressing the concerns and issues of the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) faculty, staff, and students in higher education. Our purpose is to provide community, professional development, networking, and affirmation of identity for APIDA professionals. APAN represents APIDA issues and advocates for programs, services, research, and actions within the leadership of the Coalition for Multicultural Affairs and ACPA: College Student Educators International. 

who we are

The Asian Pacific American Network (APAN) is one of four networks within the Coalition for Multicultural Affairs (CMA). The purpose of CMA is to act as the coordinating directorate body for educating student affairs professionals on the issues and concerns of students, faculty, and staff of color in the higher education community.

LEADERSHIP

The initiatives and activities of APAN are led by a volunteer team of student affairs and higher education professionals. Comprised of the Directorate and Regional Ambassadors, the Leadership Team offers community-building, educational awareness, networking, and professional development opportunities for Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) professionals, and advocates for APIDA-related issues within CMA, ACPA, and the greater higher education field.

News & Updates

Networking in APAN

Network Socials (Regional & Convention) Community and relationship-building is a central component to APAN’s activities. To facilitate connections between members, APAN organizes socials and gatherings to bring people together, whether at Convention each spring or...

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2020 APAN Award Nominations are open!

Asian Pacific American Network (APAN) is now seeking nominations for our annual awards, which recognize members of ACPA who have contributed significantly to the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community within student affairs and higher education. As you...

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upcoming apan events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Meet the Directorate

Sheraz Iqbal

Co-Chair

he/him/his

Yale University

Eric Carnaje

Co-Chair

he/him/his

Aims Community College

Cherry Lim

Past Chair

she/her/hers

Bunker Hill Community College

Demeturie Toso-Lafaele Gogue

Past Chair

he/him/his

University of California, Los Angeles

Will L. Hsu

Communications & Networking Co-Chair

he/him/他

University of San Francisco

Amanda Wong

Communications & Networking Co-Chair

 she/her/她

Dartmouth College

Eric Carnaje

Community Engagement Co-Chair

 he/him/his

Aims Community College

Hannah Hyun White

Community Engagement Co-Chair

she/her/hers

University of California, San Diego

Yuan Zhou

Convention Programs Co-Chair

she/her/她

University of San Francisco

I.C. Ulep (I.C.)

Convention Programs Co-Chair

University of San Diego

Paula Hoang

Scholarship, Research, & Advocacy Co-Chair

she/her/hers

University of California, Davis

Erlinda Delacruz

Scholarship, Research, & Advocacy Co-Chair

she/her/hers

The JED Foundation

Regional Ambassadors

Led and supported by the APAN Community Engagement Co-Chairs, the APAN Regional Ambassadors (RAs) provide leadership and outreach to their region regarding APAN events and communications. Regional Ambassadors are committed to increasing awareness and involvement within APAN by providing updated information to their state region. Working collaboratively with other Regional Ambassadors and the APAN Directorate, they seek to build a stronger community of APIDA professionals. Please see our wonderful 2020-2021 RA team below!

For more information, contact Community Engagement Co-Chairs Eric Carnaje and Hannah Hyun White at [email protected].

Anh Le (she/her/hers; Southern CA)

Anika Patel (she/her/hers; OH)

Arman Marucut Liwanag (he/him/his; MD)

Benedicto Borja Llave (Benedicto/he/they; Northern CA)

Doua Lor (he/him/his; Northern CA)

Gia Pham (she/her/hers; NY)

Hing Potter (he/him/his; Northern CA)

Joanne Cheng (she/her/hers; TN)

Jonathan Boulanger (he/him/his; TN)

Jonathon Sun (he/him/his; PA/NJ)

Kevin Huang (he/him/his; OH)

Kevin Huang (he/him/his; OH)

Lokilani Elaine Hunt (she/her/hers; Northern CA)

Lilianne Tang (she/her/hers; Southern CA)

Lusi Wang (she/her/hers; MA)

Miko Delacruz (he/him/his; IL)

Ruby Bal (she/her/hers; Northern CA)

Samantha Thornton (she/her/hers; VA)

Tahn Bae Park (they/she/he; New England/NY)

Thomas Nguyễn (he/him/his; TX)

Tsetsen Anuurad (she/her/hers; WA)

Wendy Cheung (she/her/hers; Southern CA)

Get Involved in apan

APAN is constantly looking for ways to enhance the APIDA experience for professionals and students alike. Becoming an APAN member within the ACPA member portal will ensure you are connected with all of our upcoming events and initiatives. 

Ready to join?

Joining an Entity through the ACPA Member Portal automatically identifies you as a member of that Entity! You will begin to receive Entity communications through their respective email listserv and have access to any resources they share!

  1. Login to your ACPA Member Account
  2. Click on Community Groups (Chatter)
  3. Click Groups
  4. Click Active Groups
  5. Find the entity you want to join and within that group, click +Join

Contact APAN via email at [email protected] to learn more about ACPA’s Asian Pacific American Network.

Any ACPA member can become involved and there are varying levels of involvement:

  • Become a Regional Ambassador
  • Attend our open business meeting at the annual ACPA convention
  • Review program proposals for the Convention
  • Submit a sponsored program proposal for Convention
  • Host a webinar

Additional involvement opportunities

Networking in APAN

Network Socials (Regional & Convention) Community and relationship-building is a central component to APAN’s activities. To facilitate connections between members, APAN organizes socials and gatherings to bring people together, whether at Convention each spring or...

APAN Awards

APAN is seeking nominations for our annual awards, which recognize members of ACPA who have contributed significantly to the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community within student affairs and higher education.

As you continue with your work this fall, take a moment to reflect on the people, programs, and settings that supported us and helped get us to where we are. Who or what provided guidance and mentorship? Professionally and personally? Who was it that asked us the difficult questions we needed to hear and face? What were the programs that inspired us to continue the work we do?

Dr. Daniello Balón Mentoring Award

Awarded to an outstanding mentor who has made a significant impact in the lives of APIDA students and/or student affairs professionals. This award is named after Dr. Daniello Balón to honor his legacy of exemplary mentorship.

Outstanding Program/Initiative for APIDA Student Success

This award recognizes a program or initiative that has positively impacted APIDA college student success, or has contributed to increased education and awareness of the needs and experiences of APIDA students.

Outstanding Graduate Student

This award recognizes a master’s or doctoral student in student affairs, higher education, or a related field who has demonstrated academic excellence; active involvement on campus, within ACPA, or in the higher education sector; and significant potential as an APIDA scholar-practitioner.