Signature Programs & Projects
APASD organizes several programs and events that addresses issues and themes of AAPI students on the UC Berkeley Campus. AAPI communities are large and diverse in culture, experience, and history. For this reason, APASD works towards "Unity in Diversity": supporting one another, encouraging active participation and dialogue in issues affecting our communities, and increasing the awareness of AAPIs in Berkeley and beyond. We often work in collaboration with various student organizations and departments throughout the academic year, to better reflect the diverse experiences of students in UC Berkeley.
The Pacific Islander (PI) Initiative is a student-centered program started through student activism at the University of California, Berkeley that serves the changing needs of Pacific Islander communities. The PI Initiative seeks to develop and maintain cultural interests, promote cross-cultural community building, and address disparities by increasing access to relevant and responsive resources.
The South Asian, Southwest Asian, and North African (SSWANA) Initiative was advocated for and created by student activists that felt this student population lacked representation and resources at the University of California at Berkeley. As such, students will always be the heart of this initiative with the support of staff. The SSWANA Initiative seeks to provide personalized access to resources on campus, accessible programming, promote cross-cultural community building, and advocate for social justice in SSWANA communities through education and empowerment.
The Asian Pacific American Theme House (APATH) was established in 1992 and is a residence for students who have an interest in Asian American and Pacific Islander history, culture, and contemporary issues. APATH provides a dynamic environment for interaction and learning through academic and social activities such as group discussions, cultural events, and community service. A live-in Theme Program Assistant provides resources and support for residents' social and academic needs. Our academic seminar brings together students and faculty, community leaders, activists, and entertainers to discuss a variety of topics. Through social and academic activities, students gain leadership skills, form a close-knit community, and have fun.
Asian Pacific Islander Issues Conference (APIICON) was first held in 1990 and has been happening every year at UC Berkeley since its founding. APIICON was originally envisioned as a critical space for students, professors, and community members to dialogue about pressing issues and shared solutions at a time when API students were marginalized on the Berkeley campus.
Since then, APIICON has continued the same founding spirit by bringing underrepresented API issues to the forefront, promoting awareness about ethnic diversity, and fostering community building among APIs. The ultimate goal of this conference is to educate, empower, and organize our communities on API issues.