CUNY Conference on
Asian American Leadership at CUNY
and in Higher Education
Date: Friday, May 6, 2016     Time: 9:30AM to 5PM

Place: CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Concourse Level, Manhattan

Conference Program

9:30am to 10am
Registration & Breakfast

10am to 10:30am

Joyce Moy, Executive Director, AAARI-CUNY

Nelson Louis, Executive Officer, The Ong Family Foundation

Ron Woo, Board Chair, AAARI-CUNY & Senior Policy Associate, CUNY

Wellington Z. Chen, Member, CUNY Board of Trustees

Gloriana B. Waters, Vice Chancellor, Human Resources Management, CUNY

10:30am to 10:45am
CUNY Asian American Leadership Initiative Report: Findings, Recommendations and Accountability

10: 45am to 11:15am

Dr. Kyoko Toyama, Board Member, AAARI-CUNY & Associate Professor/Counselor, College Discovery Program, LaGuardia Community College/CUNY

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Santa Ono, President, University of Cincinnati


11:15am to 12:15pm
Session I
Trajectory to the Top – Barriers on the Path to the Presidency

Moderator: Dr. Jean Lau Chin, Professor, Adelphi University

Linda Akutagawa, President and CEO, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP)

Dr. Belinda Huang, Co-Author, Raising Voices, Lifting Leaders: Asian Pacific Islander American Leaders in Higher Education

Ji-A Min, Co-Author, Prescriptive Stereotypes and Workplace Consequences for East Asians in North America

12:15pm to 1:15 pm
Lunch Session
An Inclusive Academy: Intersecting Lines of Thought & Practice at CUNY

Dr. Arlene Torres, University Dean for Recruitment and Diversity, Office of Human Resources Management, CUNY


1:15pm to 2:15pm
Session II

Best Practices: Government Agencies, Foundations, Corporate Sector and Professional Organizations

Moderator: Dr. Lily Tang, President and Co-Founder, The Everest Project

Wayne Ho, Chief Strategy & Program Officer, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

Christopher M. Kwok, Esq., Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Coordinator, U.S. Equal Employment Commission - New York District Office

Dr. Kevin Nadal, Associate Professor, Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY &  President, Asian American Psychological Association


2:15pm to 3:15pm
Panel Sessions

Session III
Tenure and Promotion: Process and Advice

Moderator: Dr. Hai-Ping Cheng, Chair, Biology, Lehman College/CUNY

Dr. Sambhavi Lakshminarayanan, Professor, Business Administration, Medgar Evers College/CUNY

Dr. Sigmund Shen, Associate Professor, English & Chapter Chair, Professional Staff Congress-CUNY, LaGuardia Community College/CUNY

Session IV
State Of Asian American and Asian Studies at CUNY and Its Importance to Asian American Leadership in Higher Education

Moderator: Rockwell Chin, Esq.

Dr. Madhulika Khandewal, Director, Asian American Center & Professor, Urban Studies, Queens College/CUNY

Russell C. Leong, Editor, CUNY FORUM

Joyce Moy, Executive Director, AAARI-CUNY

Mitchel Wu, Lecturer, Asian American Studies Program, Hunter College/CUNY & Program Manager, Coalition for Asian American Children & Familes (CACF)


3:15pm to 3:30pm

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Foundation for the Future - Working Group Discussions

Attendees will be asked to join discussions on the following issues of their choosing, to develop and collect recommendations and insights for moving the CUNY Asian American Leadership Initiative forward.

  • Best Practices

    - Filling the top of the pipeline
    - Building the pipeline: Faculty and student leadership development

  • Expanding and strengthening Asian American, and Asian Studies at CUNY

4:30pm to 5pm
Report Back & Closing Remarks







Asian American Leadership



Topic Abstracts


CUNY Diversity Projects Development Fund

The Ong Family Foundation


Asian American / Asian Research Institute 2018

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