Our Mission

Let's Talk! is an opportunity for Asian Pacific Islander students to explore ways of promoting their success and well-being. This year's conference is focused on understanding mental health-related issues as experienced by these students.

Asian Pacific Islander youth today face a variety of stressful situations, ranging from social and familial pressures to an increasingly rigorous and competitive academic system. Furthermore, students who experience intergenerational conflicts in the home have an increased risk for psychological difficulties.

Developing students’ positive social and emotional outlook through open discussions on well-being and mental health exponentially increases levels of success in their future lives. Studies have shown that students who receive quality social and emotional support have the potential for improved attitudes and behaviors, greater academic success, and reduced levels of emotional distress. Additionally, students who feel “listened to” by their peers are even more motivated and perform better in school when compared to those who lack these positive relationships.

Let’s Talk! is an opportunity for Pan-Asian students and other key stakeholders to explore ways of promoting both the success AND well-being of Asian Pacific Islander students. 

Thank you to all who contributed to the success of our 2019 conference! Since the conference is primarily organized among graduate student volunteers, all inquiries can be directed to our Faculty Director Dr. Josephine Kim, as students transition from and to the Harvard Graduate School of Education.