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 Eric Carnaje (2021-2023) and Hannah Hyun White (2022-2024). 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.


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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upcoming apan events

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Meet the Directorate

Hannah Hyun White



University of California, San Diego

Eric Carnaje



Western Governors University

Sheraz Iqbal

Past Chair


Yale University

Chris Dang

External Affairs & Development


University of Massachusetts Amherst

Anh Le

External Affairs & Development


California State University, Los Angeles

Willa Mei Kurland

Scholarship, Research, and Advocacy


University of California, Los Angeles

Angie Kim

Scholarship, Research, and Advocacy


University of Michigan

Will L. Hsu

Convention Programs Co-Chair


University of San Francisco

IC Ulep

Convention Programs Co-Chair


University of San Diego

Sam Thornton

Community Engagement


George Mason University

Kevin Huang

Community Engagement


University of North Texas

Lusi Wang

Communications & Networking


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Amanda Wong

Communications & Networking


Dartmouth College

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 RA team below!

For more information, contact us at

Alyssa Pon-Franklin (she/her/hers; WI)

Anika Patel (she/her/hers; OH)

Miko Delacruz (he/him/his; NJ)

Saryu Sanghani (she/they; PA)

Tsetsen Anuurad (she/her/hers; WA)

Xavier-Thomas Mendoza (he/him/his; IL)

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 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.