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Addressing AAPl College Students’ Mental Health Needs

By Announcements, News

The Steve Fund and the University of Michigan’s National Center for Institutional Diversity convened a team of experts in Asian American/Pacific Islander history, college students and mental health. 

 

This committee has outlined a set of recommendations that colleges and universities adopt to better support their Asian American and Pacific Islander college student community. 

 

The full report, Addressing Asian American/Pacific Islander College Students’ Mental Health Needs: Expert Recommendations, can be read by clicking the link here.

Expert Committee Members:Linh An, Multilingual Learner Specialist for the Hunter College AANAPISI Project; Shyam Gadwal, Vice President of Programs at APIA Scholars; Marcia Liu, Hunter College AANAPISI Project Mental Health Specialist; Sam Museus, Professor of Education Studies at UC San Diego; Anmol Satiani, Assistant Director for Clinical Training at DePaul University; Ian Shin, Assistant Professor of History and American Culture at the University of Michigan; Marie Ting, Associate Director of National Center for Institutional Diversity; Sasha Zhou, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Wayne State University

Watch this video about Anti-Asian Hate & the Mental Health Crisis on College Campuses here

 

Thanks to Marcia Liu, who shared this information and permitted us to help disseminate.

2022 GLI Call for Applications

By Announcements

Dear AAPA members and colleagues,
We are excited to announce the call for applications for 2022 AAPA Graduate Leadership Institute (GLI). GLI will be virtual this year and will be able to accommodate a larger group of participants. Applications are due on Friday, March 4, 2022 by 11:59pm PST. Please share widely.

About the GLI

The Graduate Leadership Institute (GLI) expands the leadership pipeline programs for students in the Asian American Psychological Association. GLI 2022 will help students develop their leadership identity based on a strength-based and decolonized leadership framework. GLI will use didactics, experiential activities, mentorship, and community to promote a deeper understanding of self and others in the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AA&PI) community. GLI activities will include discussions on participants’ lived experiences which may include disclosure of difficult or traumatic experiences that will be held in a supportive and nonjudgmental environment. The GLI recruits applicants who are current student leaders from AAPA divisions, students from the general membership, and students new to AAPA who have demonstrated strong leadership potential.

Building on the tradition of the AAPA Leadership Fellows Program, the GLI recognizes that the most vulnerable and isolated AA&PI students within AAPA may not graduate from their programs without additional support and opportunities to engage in work they find meaningful outside of their home graduate programs. The GLI offers guidance to students to help foster leadership skills unique to them. AAPA mentors who represent diverse leadership paths will facilitate dialogue and lead activities around AA&PI leadership. The GLI brings these individuals together for an intensive period to facilitate networking and bonding that will allow students to build a community of support and work together. We also seek to link isolated individuals with current mentors and leaders within AAPA to further enhance student’s opportunities of learning about AAPA leadership and demystifying the leadership pipeline.

Applicants selected for GLI 2022 will receive the following:

  • A $300 scholarship.
  • Applicants are eligible for an additional $300 need-based scholarship.  
  • AAPA convention registration fees waived.
  • AAPA student membership fees waived.

GLI 2022 will be virtual, on five Sundays through May and June 2022.  Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the AAPA convention following GLI, in October 2022.

Applicant Criteria

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be interested in becoming AAPA members (if they are not current members).
  • Applicants must not have completed their graduate degree program at the time of the GLI.
  • Applicants pursuing undergraduate degrees must have completed at least 48 credits and are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in psychology, counseling, or helping professions.

Preferred:

  • Applicants who have some prior leadership experience in local contexts (e.g., within their graduate program, volunteering in community) but who have not had leadership experience at the national level within psychology (e.g., held formal leadership positions in APA or other national psychological associations or served in any capacity on the AAPA Executive Committee).
  • Applicants who have had limited opportunities to become more involved in leadership roles within AAPA and other organizations (e.g., current mentors are not involved in AAPA, underrepresented professional interests or personal backgrounds) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Applications are due by 11:59pm PST on Friday, March 4, 2022. 

Please follow this link https://forms.gle/GBYErxV2CsUNy5EV8 to complete the application. The application will ask you to complete demographic information about you and your program, brief 1-2 paragraph essays, and to upload your CV.   

Please contact the GLI Planning Committee at aapa.gli.team@gmail.com if you have any questions and concerns.   

GLI planning committee

Kamille La Rosa, Swap Mushiana, & Minnah Farook

Here is the .pdf version

Asian American Psychological Association Statement- Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

By Announcements, News, Press Release, Statements

December 2, 2021

The Asian American Psychological Association is deeply saddened and repulsed by the latest example of White Supremacy evidenced by the verdict in the Rittenhouse trial. While we are encouraged to see convictions in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, let us not forget that were it not for the work of activists and the Arbery family there would not have been an opportunity for accountability in the first place. The only difference between the past and our current state of affairs is that despite being pervasive across media outlets and social media streams, systems of oppression and anti-Blackness are disregarded and denied rather than dismantled. The message from the criminal justice system is clear – Whites are shielded from culpability, while Blacks are punished to the full extent of the law. This is unacceptable and will always be unacceptable. 


AAPA will continue to stand in solidarity with our Black siblings and strive for justice within and outside of our community. The gravity of the situation is not lost on us. It is our hope to find ways to be agents of change by going above and beyond providing statement after statement filled with emotions. As an action of support, we vow to remain steadfast in reviving our social justice task force that will include as its focus raising awareness of the ways in which anti-Blackness has permeated our communities and taking action to uproot this. We also pledge to allocate funding to support the work of our members in the areas of advocacy and social justice. We acknowledge the importance of community building and will work to strengthen our relationships with our fellow Ethnic Psychological Associations by implementing organizational action through collaboration. We are committed to maintaining dialogue and building awareness, both of which are essential to supporting the change process. As such, we will establish a consistent and dedicated space to address issues of social justice at our annual convention.


As research and our experiences remind us, repeated exposure to past and present traumas (both direct and vicarious) leads to significant emotional and physical distress. It is vital during this time to take steps to address this, both individually and as a community to support one another in our shared sorrow. We at AAPA stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and welcome the opportunity to join together in actualizing a world where this is our reality.


Past AAPA Statements:

AAPA Reaffirms Solidarity with Black Lives Matter during Pandemic of Racism

See .pdf version of statement here

AAPA supports the Mental Health Workforce and Language Access Act of 2021

By Announcements, News, Press Release

The Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) enthusiastically supports the Mental Health Workforce and Language Access Act of 2021. Asian Americans have historically had among the lowest rates of mental health service utilization across all racial/ethnic groups and continue to face systemic barriers to access mental health services. The COVID-19 pandemic and surge in anti-Asian racism have raised mental health as a priority concern in many Asian American communities, with 4 in 10 Asian Americans experiencing acute psychological distress at this time. Improving language access to mental health services, particularly in trusted community-based settings, is a key pathway to getting Asian Americans the mental health services they need and deserve now and into the future.

 

Check out release by Congresswoman Meng here