Your gift will help fund programs to support Asian American, Pacific Islander, South Asian, Southwest Asian and North African communities on campus and in the Bay Area.
The Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD) office serves the diverse and changing needs of Asian American, Pacific Islander, South Asian, Southwest Asian and North African (AA/PI/SSWANA) communities by equipping students with the tools and resources to transform themselves and their communities. APASD focuses on facilitating self-reflection, developing holistic wellness, providing political education, cultivating community, and encouraging collective action.
Key Programs within APASD:
1. Pacific Islander Initiative: 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.
2. SSWANA Initiative: The South Asian, Southwest Asian, and North African (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.
3. AAPA Program: Grounded in this legacy of the Asian American Movement, the Asian American Political Activation (AAPA) Program offers internships, events, and programs to grow Asian American students’ political consciousness around Asian American, Pacific Islander, and South Asian, Southwest Asian, and North African experiences, history, and community issues both on and off campus.
4. MOVE Fellowship: MOVE aims to connect the on campus and off campus Asian American community to develop the next generation of Asian American community organizers. Through a year long fellowship, MOVE facilitates the political and educational growth of student fellows through social justice based on experiential learning, fellow seminars, and an end of the year community project. Host organizations include: Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Banteay Srei, The New Breath Foundation, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach.