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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Asian Pacific American Conference 2011

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“Breaking Barriers, Creating Pathways for Future Generations”


The 2011 Asian Pacific American Conference will be held at Minnesota State University, Mankato on March 25th & 26th. Join us in this year’s conference to explore the educational experiences of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students and to identify ideas and practices pertaining to access, barriers, opportunities, and successes to education for AAPIs.

About the Conference:

Each year the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Affairs program partners with recognized AAPI student organizations to put on Asian Pacific American Conference (APAC) to promote Asian and Pacific Islander heritage and current issues facing the community. In 2005, APAC transform from a symposium format to a full conference and since changed its name from the Asian American Symposium to Asian Pacific American Conference while its goals and objectives remain the same – to create a forum where practitioners and professionals can come together to identify ideas and best practices to better serve current AAPI college students and to provide leadership and networking opportunities for them to serve their community.


Keynote Speaker: Doua Thor

Doua Thor is the executive director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC). She and her family were among the many thousands of Hmong refugees who were resettled in the United States after supporting and fighting alongside the U.S. during the Vietnam War. The Thor family was resettled in Detroit, Mich., in 1979 where Thor spent much of her youth volunteering and working with Southeast Asian American communities. Over the years, Thor has gained a wealth of experience working with national and grassroots Southeast Asian American and refugee serving organizations.

Thor was appointed by President Obama to the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in 2010. She currently serves on the board or in a leadership position in a number of organizations and coalitions, including the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the Red Cross National Diversity Advisory Council, and the executive committee of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA). Additionally, through her leadership, SEARAC is a core work group member of the Diverse Elders Communities Initiative (DECI), a coalition supported through Atlantic Philanthropies to improve the lives of vulnerable elders. Thor was selected as a New Voices Fellow in 2002, an American Marshall Memorial Fellow in 2008, and an Asian Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute (APAWLI) Fellow in 2009.