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Commission for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Events

State of AAPI Forum

Friday, May 3 at 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Student Union, 362
1502 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville, TN 37996

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We are thrilled to announce the inaugural State of AAPI Forum 2024, an inspiring and interactive event dedicated to sharing stories, experiences, research, and insights on topics related to the Asian American and Pacific experience. This forum is designed to amplify diverse voices and perspectives, promote understanding and solidarity, and inspire action towards equity and inclusion through a series of keynote speeches, lightning talks, panels, and networking opportunities.

Mark your calendars for this significant day of learning, engagement, and celebration of AAPI cultural heritage at our university.

We look forward to seeing you there and together advancing our global engagement initiatives.

Agenda at a glance

12:00pm | Registration and Check-In

12:30pm – 1:20pm | Opening Remarks & Keynote Speaker: Azsha White

1:30pm – 2:20pm | Lightning Talk Session 1

2:30pm – 3:20pm | Lightning Talk Session 2

3:20pm – 3:45pm | Tea Time

3:45pm – 4:30pm | Panel on Work/Life Balance, Career Development, and Leadership for the AAPI Community

4:30pm – 4:45pm | Closing & Door Prizes

6:00pm – 6:30pm | Reception – Student Union Ballroom

6:30pm – 9:30pm | Parasite Screening (Film rated R) & Film Discussion with moderator Mary Laube, Associate Professor, School of Art – Student Union Ballroom

Panel details:  Discussion about the movie “Parasite”


  • Mary Laube, Associate Professor, School of Art


  • Rubens Ghenov, Associate Professor, School of Art
  • Saloni Parkh, Graduate Student, School of Art
  • Bokeuim Yeom, Lecturer, World Languages Culture


Panel details: Work/Life Balance, Career Development, and Leadership for the AAPI Community


  • Dr. Catherine Luther, Professor and Director of the Information Integrity Institute, School of Journalism & Media, UT Knoxville


  • Yusof Al-Wadei, Assistant Director, Center for Health Education and Wellness, UT Knoxville
  • Nancy Burkett, Career Development Coach, UT Knoxville HR
  • Will Ploskonka, Manager of Learning & Organizational Development, UT Knoxville HR