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

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