Asian/Pacific American Thematic Community
In recognition of the needs and aspirations of Asian/Pacific American students at Indiana University, the Asian Culture Center is elated to announce the establishment of the Asian/Pacific American Thematic Community (APA-TC)
The population of Asian/Pacific American students on IUB’s campus grows each year, as does the necessity for a residential space for APA students to live, learn, grow, and lead together. Attending a university that lacks racial diversity can be isolating, especially because the gravity of community is deeply engrained in APA cultures. The creation of the APA-TC seeks to fill this gap by creating a space for students to gain a greater understanding of APA identities, cultures, histories, and other related topics alongside their peers. Even more importantly, the APA TC strives to ensure that APA students truly feel like Indiana University is their home.
APA students at IU have a diversity of majors, backgrounds, and passions. The APA TC will embrace the uniqueness of each individual student, while also enriching students’ understanding of AAPI histories, advocacy, and diversity. Through academic, cultural, and social programming, members of the APA TC will be exposed to opportunities for both professional development and personal growth.
The APA TC will open its doors in the Fall of 2020 and will house 50 students in the newly renovated portion of Teter Residence Hall. The application for the inaugural class will be open to all incoming and current undergraduate students. Anyone who identifies as APA or is interested in furthering their understanding of APA issues is encouraged to apply. Members of the APA TC will have the option of taking a course on contemporary issues in Asian America. They will also have the opportunity to serve in leadership positions on the student executive board and attend an educational trip to Chicago.
From my personal experience as the president of the Civic Leaders Center Living Learning Center in Briscoe Quadrangle, I understand the immense role residential learning communities serve in fostering leadership development and building understanding amongst students of different backgrounds. Being exposed to APA advocacy and other APAs in college has led me to become proud of my Asian American heritage. Accepting my culture and learning about the monumental role of AAPIs in America has been incredibly enlightening, and I hope that the APATC will create an environment for other students to do the same.
The creation of the APA-TC would not be possible without the underclassmen students who suggested the idea and all the incredible support from students, staff, alumni, the Asian Culture Center, Residential Programs and Services, and the community. The APA-TC sets a precedent as the first program of its kind in the state of Indiana and as one of few in the Midwest. This is a historic accomplishment for our APA students and Indiana University. The APA TC symbolizes the dedicated achievements of APA Hoosiers, and I am confident it will leave a positive, lasting impact on our campus.