Education Summit for Asian American, Pacific Islander Students, May 19

Steve Arounsack

The state university system invites Bay Area students of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage – who would be of the first generation in their families to go to college – to attend an educational summit to be held at Cal State East Bay Saturday, May 19. The summit, co-hosted by San Francisco State and Cal State East Bay, is open to students in grades 6 through 12 who want a college education and their families. The event, “CSU Journey to Success: An Educational Summit for First Generation Asian American and Pacific Islander Students and Families,” begins at 8:30 a.m. in the gymnasium on the CSU Hayward Campus, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. The summit will feature speakers, information sessions, and an educational resource fair that will include representatives from CSU campuses, community colleges, and community vendors. Topics to be covered in summit workshops and panels are student life experiences on campus; college admissions; financing a college education through grants, scholarships and financial aid;  and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. The keynote speaker is Steve Arounsack, a first generation college graduate and one of the first recipients of a full scholarship from the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholars Program, started by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Arounsack is an assistant professor of cultural anthropology at California State University, Stanislaus, where his courses focus on Asian cultures, digital media, visual anthropology and global issues. Event co-sponsors include the Alameda County Office of Education, Chabot College, Hayward Chamber of Commerce and the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (which awarded a grant to CSUEB to support the summit Event partners are the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, Asian/Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association at CSUEB, Center for Lao Studies, Fiji American National Association, the National Pacific Islander Educator Network and Ohlone College. Registration and additional information about the event is available at or call (510) 885-3516.
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