APASD Programs

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 historys. 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.

APATH

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.

API Connect

API Connect: Caring for Ourselves and our Communities was created as part of a grant received by the Tang Center’s Counseling and Psychological Services and Health Promotion that focuses on the promotion of API mental health and prevention. A website was created with the goals of providing info on stress, depression, anxiety, API student stressors, coping, student videos, and parent videos.

Through popular networking sites such as Facebook, API Connect also advertises for student organizations and campus events related to our API communities, while fostering dialogue about mental health. API Connect regularly engages in outreach by delivering workshops and trainings to faculty, staff, and students. Collaboration with students, in particular APASD interns, has been a crucial part of API Connect’s activities as much of what was developed has been based on input from student intern leaders. Although the grant has since ended, the spirit of API Connect and our outreach activities continue on today.

Through our partnerships, students are available to drop in APASD to seek counseling and speak to our resident psychologist, Lilian Chang.

Lilian is available on Mondays and Tuesdays 10am - 12pm or by appointment.

APIICON

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.

In 2016, student leaders reimagined APIICON as Asian Pacific Islander Issues Series (APIISeries) for the first time and shifted the layout of the conference to a multiday series of events instead. The goal of APIISeries was to maintain the original vision of APIICON while offering more accessible and different ways for the API community to engage in the event offerings.

API Delegates

API Delegates is a space where API students and student organizations are able to come and organize together to advocate for API student needs and issues in the University.

Feel free to contact apasdoffice@gmail.com for more information regarding any of the semester's programs or if you would like to collaborate with us

CAPAW

Since 2007, the annual Celebration of Asian Pacific American Womxn (CAPAW) banquet is held to bring all people - regardless of gender, class, sexuality, ability, and ethnicity - together in a community to acknowledge the contributions that Asian Pacific American womxn have made.  Moreover, this event seeks to educate students on current issues, critically analyze societal oppressions, and in the process, empower participants to take action.