APAN is constantly looking for ways to enhance the APIDA experience for professionals and students alike. We encourage you to check out the following programs and initiatives, and to get involved!

Check out our blog! Make sure to bookmark the page, check it regularly for updates, and be in touch if you'd like submit a post of your own! 

For more information, contact Communications Co-Chairs William Hsu ([email protected]) and Amy Wang ([email protected]). 

Regional Ambassadors
APAN Regional Ambassadors provide leadership and outreach to their local region regarding APAN events, publications, and announcements. Working collaboratively with other Regional Ambassadors and the APAN Lead Team, they increase awareness and involvement within APAN among APIDA student affairs professionals in their region.

For more information, contact Community Engagement Tri-Chairs Eric Carnaje ([email protected]), Sheraz Iqbal ([email protected]), and Hannah Hyun White ([email protected]).

Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans (APIDA) in Higher Education Database
APAN maintains a database of APIDA professionals in higher education. This is a public database that is distributed amongst our APAN members to help facilitate the networking of APIDA professionals based on region, areas of interest, positions, and more.

To add yourself to the database, click here

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 hosted by members in local cities and regions throughout the year.

For more information, or to volunteer to host a social (it’s easy, and requires little time commitment!), contact Community Engagement Co-Chairs Eric Carnaje ([email protected]), Sheraz Iqbal ([email protected]), and Hannah Hyun White ([email protected]).

Convention Events (CultureFest)
As a constituent network of CMA, APAN contributes to CultureFest, CMA’s signature event at ACPA’s annual Convention. CultureFest is a celebration of tradition and culture through creative expression and the arts, which honors and recognizes the diversity within CMA, ACPA, and the higher education community. Each year, APAN assists with the planning and implementation of CultureFest.

 For more information or to volunteer, contact Convention Programs Co-Chairs Paula Hoang ([email protected]) and Yuan Zhou ([email protected]). 

Strategic Planning Committee
In 2008, a small group of APAN members developed a strategic plan. With the help of many members of the APIA community, they were able to develop a future direction for APAN. For more information, contact APAN Co-Chairs Demeturie Toso-Lafaele Gogue ([email protected]) and Cherry Lim ([email protected]). 

Regional Coordination
Currently, APAN has divided the U.S. into 14 regions, each with a regional coordinator in charge of bringing together nearby members for professional and social networking opportunities in between conventions. In the least, coordinators host two regional socials outside of Convention per year. (Contact information for each region forthcoming!) 

  • Mid-Atlantic: DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA, WV 

  • New England/New York: CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT

  • Pacific Northwest: ID, OR, WA 

  • Southern California  

  • Southwest: AZ, NM, NV 

  • Southeast: AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN      

  • Northern California  

  • Rocky Mountain: CO, MT, UT, WY

  • Midwest North: IA, MN, ND, SD 

  • Great Lakes: IL, IN, MI, OH, WI 

  • Midwest South: KS, MO, NE, OK 

  • South: AR, LA, TX 

  • Alaska   

  • Hawaii  

Research, Scholarship, and Advocacy
As higher education professionals, APAN is of course passionate about education. APAN's research, scholarship, and advocacy efforts focus on:

  • Gathering and distributing information about APIDA-related issues, major incidents, and professional development opportunities

  • Developing APAN’s ability to respond to incidents and issues in a timely manner

  • Coordinating the APAN history project and other projects as determined by APAN leadership team

  • Maintain contact with those currently doing research on APIDA students and issues

  • Connect people with similar research interest (both in APIDA issues and who are APIDA-identified doing research in other areas)

For more information, contact Research, Schoalrship, and Advocacy Co-Chairs, Vanessa Na ([email protected]) Vandana Pawa ([email protected]).