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APACE Academy

Develop your voice and cultural knowledge while learning skills for college and career readiness

APACE (Asian Pacific Advocacy, Culture and Education) Academy is a one-week summer program at ASU with a focus on Asian Pacific American history, culture and contemporary issues, as well as cultural competency, public-speaking, and civic engagement.

APACE Academy students also engage in college and career readiness activities; meet new friends; and get connected to faculty, current ASU students, and community mentors from similar cultural communities, who will inspire them to pursue their dream of a college education.

APACE Academy is open to 30 students from Asian and Pacific Islander communities entering grades 10 -12 in fall 2020. The program will be held on ASU’s Tempe campus from Monday through Friday, June 8 - June 12, 2020.

Daily activities begin at 8:30 am and end at 4:00 pm. The schedule includes:

  • Team-building activities
  • Culture Show and Tell
  • Classes on history, culture, and contemporary issues
  • Storytelling workshop
  • Mock Trial
  • Career exploration
  • Paying for College workshop
  • Closing Celebration for students and families
  • and more!

Note: A lunch hour is scheduled each day. Students are expected to bring their own lunch or bring money to purchase food from on-campus vendors.

Registration fee: a $50.00 fee is due upon acceptance into the program. (The fee covers t-shirts, materials, snacks and the final luncheon.) To be accepted into the APACE Academy,  complete and submit the online application form linked below. 

Questions? Contact Professor Kathy Nakagawa at  nakagawa@asu.edu.

The APACE Academy is an ASU program coordinated by Asian Pacific American Studies, in collaboration with a number of partner organizations in the community.


students at APACE academy

Professor and Students at APACE Academy

Students in classroom APACE academy