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APIASF Higher Education Summit, June 25th

It’s coming up quick! Register now!


On June 25, 2013, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) will host its annual Higher Education Summit around the theme, Moving Forward: Engaging the Changing Face of America at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Organized into a series of presentations, panels, and breakout sessions, the 2013 APIASF Higher Education Summit will highlight fundamental elements of education, research and policies that are critical to higher education access and success that will ultimately contribute to strengthening Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, families, and communities.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the AAPI community is one of the fastest growing populations and is projected to reach nearly 40 million by 2050. While data reveals that AAPI students will experience a 35 percent increase in college enrollment in the next decade, college access and completion remains a challenge for many marginalized AAPI communities. In fact, 50-60 percent of some AAPIs have never enrolled in college with nearly half attending community colleges. With the college completion agenda focused on increasing persistence and graduation rates of existing college students, it is critical to recognize that access to higher education must also be addressed in the broader college completion agenda.

The 2013 APIASF Higher Education Summit will provide participants the opportunity to engage in discussions revolving around mobilizing resources, advancing institutional capacity, and accelerating student success. The forum will conclude with a special reception hosted by APIASF and will be attended by key leaders in the education, policy, non-profit, private and public sectors. This event is free and open to the public.

For additional questions, please contact Katie Tran-Lam, Director of Communications & Marketing, at For information about sponsoring this events, please contact Katrina Breese, Director of Development, at

Enhancing Asian American Student Success!

"Please join us on January 11, 2013, for an interactive symposium focused on the intersection of research and practice. Participants will learn about research aimed at enhancing and understanding Asian American college student success, and they will discuss ways that research can be most useful to practitioners. The symposium will provide scholars and staff from Massachusetts’ public universities and colleges with an opportunity to discuss the content, conduct, and value of research that can promote positive outcomes for Asian American students relating to admissions, retention, graduation, and quality of life. Advising, mentoring, majors and courses of study, courses, student activities, career counseling, faculty and staff training, and community engagement are among the areas that may be explored. Examples of ongoing research will be presented, and ample time will be set aside for constructive conversations about new ideas and collaborations." 

Conference is FREE!
UMass Boston
Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Ballroom


Asian Women In Business Scholarship !

The Asian Women In Business Scholarship encourages and promotes exceptional Asian female students who have demonstrated scholarship, leadership, community service and/ or entrepreneurship. The AWIB Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to students who have the attributes to be our next generation of leaders.

Candidates for the scholarship must be female of Asian (includes those who can trace their ancestry from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam) or Pacific Islanderancestry.

Candidates must also fulfill the following criteria to be considered:

  • Have at least one or more of the following:
    a) demonstrated a leadership role in a community endeavor and/or b) a record of entrepreneurial achievement
  • Enrolled full-time in an accredited four-year undergraduate institution in the U.S. at the time of application and award.  Please be advised that this scholarship is for currently enrolled undergraduates who have completed at least one semester.  
  • Carry a minimum of 3.0 (out of 4.0) GPA at the time of application (H.S. credit/grades do not count towards this scholarship) 
  • Provide most recent college transcript; semi-finalists will be required to provide their official college transcript
  • Provide at least one professional recommendation
  • Fully complete the AWIB Scholarship Application
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

You can review our scholarship information and access the application at

Applications will be accepted until the August 1, 2012 deadline.  For more information or to apply, go to

For more information, please visit the AWIB Scholarship Fund 
Frequently Asked Questions page. If you further have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us at 212-868-1368. You may also write to us at


Asian Women In Business

42 Broadway, Suite 1748

New York, NY 10004

Filipino nurses, Philippine history, US history, racism, the usual.

I laugh (because it pisses me off) when White nurses hate on Filipino nurses, both US-born and Philippine-born (before you attack me, go look it up).  Yes, I can’t generalize, so maybe they are White nurses who are able to transcend racism and are allies. They whine because Filipino nurses are “taking their jobs,” are “too successful,” or because “there’s too many of them,” and other crap.  OH WAIT.  First of all, you benefit from the structure of racism, so you’re respected more, you’re trusted more, you make more money, the laundry list goes on forever.  So, own your privilege.  Second, back in the day, the US intentionally recruited from the Philippines because of shortages in the US.  And, the Immigration Act of 1965 supported their immigration.  And, they were recruited because the US wanted to “civilize” them.  So, the recruitment of Filipino nurses was initiated by the US and rooted in discrimination.  And now you’re mad that they are present in many places around the nation.  So, in order to suppress them, you implement “English-only policies” and don’t allow them to unionize.  You’re mad that they’re bilingual.  You’re mad that they’ve risen together and have pushed back against this system of racism, hate, and ignorance.  Educate yourself. Damn.  God forbid someone else proves that they are skilled and competent. God forbid they worked hard.  God forbid they’re Brown, smart, loving, and powerful.

15 APA Women Leaders! Huzzah!


November 25, 2011

Reference: Raquel Redondiez, Chairperson, GABRIELA-USA




Filipina Women’s Alliance IDEVAW Video Slideshow:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — GABRIELA-USA, an alliance of organizations representing Filipino women across the U.S. commemorate Nov 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) with a slideshow of their members and supporters exposing the role of the 1% in perpetrating violence against women throughout the world.

While domestic violence and rape are what comes to mind as examples of violence against women, GABRIELA-USA is choosing to highlight economic injustice, as well as political repression and human rights violations as more pervasive and systematic forms of violence suffered by women throughout the world.  “As women of the 99%, we hold the 1% accountable for the culture and system of violence they perpetrate on women around the world.  Hunger and poverty, joblessness and exploitation, evictions, forced migration, lack of housing and healthcare are all part of imperialist plunder and war on the 99% by the 1%,” said Raquel Redondiez, Chairperson for GABRIELA-USA.

As the 99% all over the world are rising up, political repression and human rights violations also continue to rise. This is highlighted in events that occurred just last week when University of California, Davis Police brutally pepper-sprayed student activists of Occupy Davis.  Earlier this week was also the 2-year anniversary of the election-related Ampatuan Massacre which took the lives of 57 people, 22 of them women, in the Philippines.  To this day, family members of the victims continue to seek justice and recently filed suit against former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for arming and supporting the Ampatuans. “Political repression, human rights violations, and economic injustice continue to be the most pervasive and brutal forms of violence against women.  This violence is systematically carried out by the 1% through their private armies, public police, and other state machinery to protect the economic interests of the few, leaving the majority of the world’s population with fewer resources to survive on,” concludes Redondiez.

Women’s activists have marked November 25 as a day to fight violence against women since 1981. On December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by Resolution 54/134. The date came from the brutal assassination in 1960 of the three Mirabal sisters, politicalm activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo.

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Stories from the Global 99%: Fil-am Women Share Stories from Mass Movement & Recent Exposure Trip in the Philippines

Reference: Irma Bajar, Chairperson, Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE),

In 2011, six women from the NY-based GABRIELA USA organization, Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE NYC), traveled to the Philippines on an exposure and integration program with Gabriela Philippines. The women, Hanalei Ramos, Candice Sering, Jennine Ventura, Zarah Vinola, Julie Jamora, and Krystle Cheirs, had one major goal in mind: to experience first-hand what the MASS MOVEMENT is like in the Philippines, and bring back what they learned to their community in the United States. On Monday, November 21, 2011, FiRE will host a special report-back from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the International Action Center’s Solidarity Center (55 W. 17th Street, Suite 5 C).


“We want people in New York to feel the dynamism of the National Democratic Movement in the Philippines,” stated Candice Sering, FiRE’s Cultural Director. “It was also important that we pay tribute to the organizers and communities that we met in a creative way.” The event will include interactive elements (guerilla theater, sound installation, and visual arts), traditional Filipino street foods, and stories. FiRE has also made it possible to view the event live via, a live-streaming Internet site, for those who are abroad (both nationally and internationally) but wish to support the event. “Our friends and fellow organizers in the Philippines can’t physically be here, but we wanted them to be able to share in the telling of their stories, so we’ll set up a live-stream,” stated Hanalei Ramos, who served as team leader for the summer trip.


In the wake of a global economic crisis and the worldwide Occupy people-led movement (including Occupy Philippines), FiRE is drawing connections to the people-powered National Democratic Movement in the Philippines. “By sending our members to the Philippines for an extended period of time, they witness and experience first-hand the concrete conditions that the basic masses, the real 99% of the Philippines, are living under every day,” said Jackie Mariano, Vice Chairperson of FiRE. “Most importantly, they learn how the masses have organized themselves to take action to build a brighter future.” The report-back will shed light on the daily injustices committed in the Philippines and the ways in which Filipinos are responding, challenging and changing the system.


For more information on Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment and the Exposure & Integration Program, visit



Please note the time change that was not added to the flier!


A Reportback brought to you by FiRE


MONDAY NOV 21, 2011

International Action Center Solidarity Center

55 West 17th Street, Suite 5C


8PM-10PM, doors open at 7:30PM.

For live-streaming:

and people think we live in a post-feminist, post-sexist world?  oh please.