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Asian Pacific Islander Employees (APIE)

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As members of the greater Boston College community, we welcome you to participate in our shared goal of promoting the welfare and advancement of Asian/Pacific Islander (API) employees at this institution. Together we support one another through meetings and sponsorship of events that enhance our work environment, as well as educate others about the incredible richness and diversity of API cultures.

Whether you have been here at BC for decades or for months, we invite you to be a part of the APIE family. We hope to see you soon!

Mission Statement

Events for 2014-2015

APIE Welcome Back Luncheon

Tuesday, September 23, 12pm-1pm, Walsh Hall Rm 131

You are invited to our first social of the year! Get to know new and existing APIE members across Boston College! Let us know what you are up to including ideas and suggestions for events that APIE should consider for spring semester.

We shall eat, drink, and be merry! Food and music provided!


Dean David Takeuchi Speaks on Asian American and Mental Health

Wednesday, October 15, 12pm-1pm, McGuinn Hall Rm 521

Come hear David Takeuchi, Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the Graduate School of Social Work, speak on his research with Asian American and mental health. 

Takeuchi is recognized as an architect of the National Latino and Asian American Study, considered one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind. The study provides data on the mental health status of this population as well as their usage of mental health services.


Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu on Identity, Race, and Politics

Thursday, November, 6, 12pm-1pm, Yawkey Center Murray Function Room 426

Michelle Wu was elected to the Boston City Council in November of 2013 and is the first Asian American women to hold that position.  Prior to running for office, she worked in Mayor Menino's office where she created a one-stop guide to the restaurant permit process and was also influential in launching the Boston City food truck program. 

She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.  Come hear her talk about what influenced her to get into politics and some of the struggles and victories she has experiences so far as a leader under 30 yrs old!


APIE Holiday Get-Together

Wednesday, December 17, 12pm-1pm, McGuinn Hall Rm 334

Join us for the end of the semester holiday get-together! This will be a fun and festive low-key social with food and music. Take a break from the holiday frenzy with APIE! You know you want to!


Meet Your Colleagues Panel

Friday, February, 13, 12pm-1pm, McGuinn 334

We are pleased to announce the first of many APIE Meet Your Colleagues lunch series in an effort to highlight APIE individuals and their work across campus.  We hope that this series will allow you to get to know individuals that you may not normally come across in your daily work environment and broaden your network. 

The panelists will talk about their role and job duties, the challenges and success they've had, their career paths and who they are as individuals.     

Jason Wen, Director, Technology Transfer and Licensing

Helen Ha, Assistant Director, Center for Student Formation

Kim Ngo, Compensation Administrator, Human Resources

Professor Tam Nguyen's Lecture on "Prevalence and Prevention of Diabetes Among Asian Americans: A Complex Story

Wednesday, April, 15, 12pm-1pm, McGuinn 334

You are invited to a lecture by Professor Tam Nguyen on her research entitled, "Prevalence and Prevention of Diabetes Among Asian Americans: A Complex Story".

Tam Nguyen is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing.  

APIE Retreat with guest speaker Tiziana Dearing

Friday, May 29, 9am-4pm, Connors Conference and Retreat Center, Dover, MA

This year, we have invited Tiziana Dearing, Associate Professor of Macro Practice in the School of Social Work, to present on the theme of "Releasing Your Inner Strength". Her presentation will be both lecture and interactive and focus on developing meaningful strategies for releasing and expressing inner strength in gratifying ways in individual's professional and personal lives.

The proposed presentation:

To explore what inner strength means, in general, and for each person.
To explore the role and significance of strength in leadership, both extroverted strength and introverted strength.
To practice techniques for drawing upon one’s inner strength in ways that feel authentic and culturally appropriate.
To discover practical tools that help an individual harness his or her “inner leader.”

Key topics we will explore include but are not limited to:

The “charismatic” leader
The “quiet” leader
The arts of negotiation
Effective, authentic communication
The art and science of influence

By the end of the day, each participant should feel a step closer to, or more effective in, using his or her inner strength for leadership purposes.