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Arizona State University hosts Asian Pacific summer leadership program

TEMPE, Az —  Two high school students from the American Leadership Academy-Ironwood in Queen Creek, Arizona, attended the 2018 Asian Pacific Advocacy, Culture & Education or APACE Academy summer leadership program at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus.

Rovima Rabauliman Atalig is the daughter of Emma Saures Rabauliman Limes, and Nattyleen Rose Saures Rabauliman, daughter Rose Saures Rabauliman, and both are granddaughters of Jesus and Natividad Saures Rabauliman.

APACE Academy was a week-long program from Monday through Friday, June 11 to 15, 2018.  Twenty-six high school students attended from the Asian and Pacific Islander communities entering grades 10 – 12 in the fall 2018.   All students reside in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

The program’s focus is on Asian Pacific American history and culture and contemporary issues.  “I learned about the Asian, Asian/American and Pacific Islanders culture which was never taught in my actual school,” said Rovima R. Atalig.

Team mentors, from left: Misaki Fuentes-Maruyama, Ronae Matriano, and Irish Rendon.  Photos courtesy of Claudia D.L.G. Fajardo KaercherTeam mentors, from left: Misaki Fuentes-Maruyama, Ronae Matriano, and Irish Rendon. Photos courtesy of Claudia D.L.G. Fajardo Kaercher

The students met new friends and participated in public-speaking, civic engagement, and college and career readiness activities.   There were daily activities such as team-building, culture show and tell, mock trial, career exploration, and how to pay for college workshop, just to name a few. 

 Nattyleen Rose S. Rabauliman said, “I should not be afraid to express my ethnicity, and the mock trial gave me the opportunity to be open with new ideas towards my future.”  

Both Nattyleen and Rovima elected to participate in the program’s closing activity the mock trial.

They also said, “It was a great experience and what an awesome opportunity to be a part of the APACE Academy 2018.  We love our Team Mentors, Faculty, and fellow students.  What we learned, we will be using this coming school year.   In-addition, we look forward to becoming a part of more educational enrichment programs.”

The Asian, Asian/American and Pacific Islander community thank the APACE Academy which is an ASU program coordinated by the Asian Pacific American Studies and University College, as well as other partner organizations in the community: Arizona Asian American Bar Association, Island Liaison, Japanese American Citizens League Arizona, and Island Management LLC: Subway Sandwich Shop.