Asian/Pacific American Thematic Community
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.
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.
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.
Please join our Facebook page, "Asian/Pacific American Freshmen at IUB" here.
This page is a place for Asian American and Pacific Islander incoming freshmen students like you to build a community by meeting new friends, connect with each other, and learn about campus life and opportunities from upperclassmen.
Meloddy Gao, a rising senior studying Environmental Management, has committed to live in and be a mentor for the APA Thematic Community for the 2020-21 school year. She will be checking the facebook page and will answer any questions you may have.