Featured: APA Studies By 2020

The movement for Asian Pacific American (APA) Studies at the University of Arizona extends as far back as 1992, when student-led movement paved the way for the creation of the Asian Pacific American Student Affairs (APASA) cultural resource center. Originally, APASA cultural resource center was housed in one room in the Martin Luther King, Jr. building. In 2009, this center was graciously taken in by the Native American Student Affairs (NASA) cultural resource center, where both centers now share the upper floor of the Robert L. Nugent building.

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Students hold up a signed banner that reads APA Studies By 2020
Students gather in the Asian Pacific American Student Affairs cultural resource center for a conference on #APAStudiesBy2020 and answer the question: Why do we need APA Studies at the University of Arizona?

When the Marginalized Students of the University of Arizona (MSUA) demanded change from administration in 2016, the first APA Studies conference was held to spark discussion about why Asian Pacific American culture, history, and politics were not being taught at the University of Arizona. In 2019, the push for APA Studies continued with a second conference encouraging student support.

Now, in fall 2020, the creation of an APA Studies minor is on its way, and students are being encouraged to get curious and involved. APASA cultural resource center has partnered with the University of Arizona's Initiatives for Organizational Inclusion (IOI) to promote student-led programming and discussion surrounding APA Studies by 2020. 

For more information, please reach out to the following contacts, or visit campusconversations.arizona.edu to learn more about events supporting #APAStudiesBy2020.

Dr. Brett Esaki, Faculty Contact for APA Studies: esaki@email.arizona.edu

Kenny Importante, Director for APASA: kimportante@email.arizona.edu

Dustin Natte, Coordinator for APASA: dnatte@email.arizona.edu

Jane Pizzolato, Project Manager for IOI: janep@email.arizona.edu