Thank you for attending the March 16 forum “Advancing a Vision of Asian America: The Role of Higher Education” hosted by Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies (AAADS), UC Berkeley, Asian American Research Center (AARC), and AAADS Community Supporters.

The forum was funded in part by a generous grant from the Minami Tamaki Yamauchi Kwok & Lee Foundation. We thank the MTYKL Foundation and especially foundation board member Donald K. Tamaki for their support!

Our thanks to Deborah Freedman Lustig and Max Vanderwarker at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley, for managing the event, and to our event committee for their assistance and support: Bao Vang, Donald K. Tamaki, Elaine H. Kim, Eunice Kwon, Hannah Chea, Harvey C. Dong, Hatem A. Bazian, Joi Barrios-Leblanc, Khatharya Um, Lok Siu, Mark Fong, Minda Bautista Hickey, Olivia Serene Lee, and Son Chau.

We deeply appreciate our speakers for the time, insight, and wisdom they shared:

  • California Assemblymember Phil Ting
  • Prof. Khatharya Um, Program Coordinator, AAADS, and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Social Sciences Division
  • Prof. Lok Siu, Chair, AARC
  • Donald K. Tamaki, Senior Counsel, Minami Tamaki LLP, and Board Member, MTYKL Foundation
  • Aarti Kohli, Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Asian Law Caucus
  • Bao Vang, AAADS Student, and Asian American Political Activation (AAPA) Program Political Education and Community Engagement (PEACE) Chair, Asian Pacific American Student Development
  • Grace Pai, Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago
  • Hannah Chea, Research Assistant, AAADS
  • Jeff Chang, Writer, Senior Advisor, Butterfly Lab for Immigrant Narrative Strategy at Race Forward
  • Kate Lee, Co-Founder + Executive Director of Make Us Visible
  • Jon Osaki, Documentary Filmmaker, “Making Waves: The Rise of Asian America”
  • Lillian Galedo, former Executive Director, Filipino Advocates for Justice
  • Maanasi Shyno, Dartmouth Asian American Student Collective
  • Miya Iwataki, Nikkei Progressives, VP Little Tokyo Historical Society
  • Nkauj Iab Yang, Executive Director, California Commission on APIA Affairs
  • Dr. Thu Quach, President, Asian Health Services

Thank you again for your support!