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.
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.
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.
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.