Asian/Pacific American Thematic Community (APA-TC)
The APA-TC seeks to create 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 build a community and foster a sense of belonging at Indiana University.
The APA-TC opened its doors in the Fall of 2020 and housed the first cohort of Asian American students in the newly renovated portion of Teter Residence Hall. The application is 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.
Opportunities for Residents
“Retracing our Roots” Overnight Retreat & Workshop
APA TC residents get priority to attend the annual “Retracing our Roots” retreat at Bradford Woods, IU’s outdoor education campus. Hosted by the IU Asian Culture Center, this retreat allows participants a space to think about and investigate the aspects of their identity. We recognize this diverse space experienced by so many individuals from immigrant and minority backgrounds, and certainly by many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The retreat provides participants an opportunity to understand the intersections of identity and culture, to find a place of comfort in situations that may be uncomfortable, and to discover self-empowerment through knowledge and affirmation.
“Lunch with Mel”
Lunch is on us! We value students’ input and creative ideas. You can sign up to have lunch or coffee with Melanie Castillo-Cullather, director of the Asian Culture Center. This is an informal meet and greet and an opportunity to share what’s on your mind and offer suggestions on how the Asian Culture Center and IU can support the APA Thematic Community. Please contact your RA to sign up.
Meet the Residents
Meet some past and current residents of the APA-TC! If you want to ask them any questions about their time living in the APA-TC, life at IU, or anything else, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with 'APA-TC' and the name of the person you wish to contact in the subject line with any of your questions. We look forward to seeing you next fall!
Hear some of last year's APA-TC residents share their stories and what the floor means to them here in an episode of HearAbouts, Asian American Midwest Radio.