Asian Pacific Islander Caucus

Academic Year Meetings


2023 Fall Plenary Session Caucus Meeting Information Coming Soon!

Asian Pacific Islander Caucus Statement of Purpose

  • Advocate for issues central to API individuals in the Community College System including, but not limited to:
    • API representation in all levels and constituencies of College and District employment
    • API student access to full range of educational and institutional services, programs, and benefits
    • Interrogation and dismantling of API stereotypes in College systems and institutions
    • Advancing agenda on racial equity and social justice work within institutions and system wide
  • Amplify API participation and voice
  • Connect API Community College Professionals throughout California
  • Promote knowledge about the specific histories and identities of API populations in Higher Education
  • Study the impact of higher educational initiatives on API student populations, and advocate for change in institutional teaching and learning practices
  • Understand the experiences and challenges of API student populations in California Community Colleges

Anticipated activities and objectives

  • Meet at least once per semester to establish goals, priorities, and action plans
  • Mobilize and act as necessary
  • Meet during Fall and Spring Plenary sessions to address Resolutions and Issues
  • Networking opportunities with API colleagues throughout California
  • Establish allyship with ASCCC Black, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, and Womyn’s Caucuses


Pablo Martin, Co-chair, San Diego Miramar College
Michael Takeda, Co-chair, Fresno City College
Bethany Tasaka, San Bernardino Valley College
John Cho, Fresno City College
Lee Herrick, Fresno City College
Tchay Her, Fresno City College
Victor Yang, Fresno City College
Jack Yang, Fresno City College
Melissa Flores, Fresno City College
Kami Thepphavong, Fresno City College
Kau Vue, Fresno City College
Mai Yang, Fresno City College
Channie Phantharath, Reedley College
Mai Soua Lee, Reedley College
Karen Kwan, Madera Community College
Chloe De Los Reyes, Crafton Hills College
Eric Wada, Folsom Lake College
Vandana Gavaskar, Santa Barbara City College
Robert Stevenson, Modesto College
Rebecca Wong, West Valley College
Katlin Choi, San Diego Mesa College
Meili Xu, Sacramento City College
Himgauri Kulkarni, MiraCosta College
E. Chisato Uyeki, Mt. San Antonio College