APASS Staff gather on the couches at the APASS center for a group photo. 

About Us

First, and foremost, APASS is for you.

You may be a current student (undergraduate or graduate), an incoming student (freshman, transfer, or spring admit), an alum, staff, faculty, or community member.

Our center provides programs, services, and resources for students who identify as Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) and educational opportunities for the entire campus. Our mission is to EducateEngage, and Empower not only our APIDA Trojan community but also the larger university.

The APIDA population is diverse here at USC. Our students come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, hometowns, academic majors, and interests. APASS allows you to explore various aspects of your identity and interests!

Finally, and most importantly, APASS is here to support you during your time at USC. We want to be part of your network and your home away from home. Come and visit us in Student Union 410!

Our Mission

Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS) is a department within USC Student Affairs’ Student Equity and Inclusion Programs (SEIP) area that offers an array of programming designed to educateengage and empower students.

APASS has a two-fold mission: to facilitate APIDA participation, dialogue, community-building, and empowerment, while at the same time, to serve as a source of cross-cultural educational programming for the entire campus.

We strive to create unique learning opportunities that include mentorship, leadership development, advocacy, and community involvement. We understand the distinctive needs among the different ethnicities within our APIDA community, and we succeed in deriving strength from our diversity. We believe in a pan-Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American identity that is rooted in the Civil Rights Movement, and continues to grow in the transnational sphere.

Professional Staff

Jonathan Wang, Ed.D (he/him)

Manager, Student Equity & Inclusion Programs for Leadership & Education

In 2012, Jonathan joined the USC Division of Student Affairs as the Assistant Director for APASS and now serves as the Center Director. Jonathan has served in leadership positions within NASPA, conducted various research projects, published articles focused on marginalized student populations and international higher education, and has continued to present at both regional and national conferences. His dissertation focused on the well-being of Asian American college students at elite universities, and was awarded the Rossier School of Education Dissertation of Distinction. Jonathan now teaches for Rossier’s M.Ed. PASA program. Read Jonathan’s dissertation here

Bao Nhia Moua, M.Ed (she/her)

Center Supervisor

Bao Nhia grew up in the midwest and is a daughter to Hmong refugee parents. It was through her Asian American Studies Program at UW-Madison and experiences growing up as an Asian American in the midwest that she knew she wanted to invest in supporting the APIDA community. At UCLA, she served as a Graduate Assistant at First Year Experience. She co-founded Niam Laus Niam Hluas: Hmong Sisterhood at UW-Madison and First Generation Graduate Student Council at UCLA. Before arriving at USC, she served as the manager and advisor to Student Union Assembly, undergraduate student government at UC Santa Cruz. Currently, Bao Nhia serves as the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL), a non-profit organization dedicated to building a strong APIDA public service pipeline. 

Brandon Lim (he/him/they/them)

Graduate Assisant

Raised in San Diego, Brandon graduated in 2020 from San Diego State University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Journalism – Media Studies with a minor in Sociology. In undergrad, he served the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts as a Vice President of Culture and Diversity, College Council President, and academic peer advisor. Brandon was also involved in Asian American cultural organizations, where he presented workshops, participated in mentorship programs, and spoke in college experience panels for high school conferences. One organization was (AAPI)phany, a student-centered mental health workshop program dedicated to uplifting the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American community through psychoeducation, critical dialogue, and social justice advocacy. During his year as an intern, Brandon organized the program’s first Asian American x LGBTQIA+ student panel and secured grant funding for womxn artists to speak on their experiences as AAPI womxn in the arts industry. His extensive involvement allowed him to gain valuable equity-minded programming experience for supporting underrepresented and marginalized communities.

Our Student Staff

Center Assistants

Brandon Irie (he/him)

Yao Sun (she/her)

Benton Yee (he/him)

Michele Yi (she/her)
Center Assistant and CIRCLE Program Assistant

Patrick Fang (he/him)

Program Assistants

Taylor Kamemoto (she/her)
PEER Program Assistant

Shreya Kashyap (she/her)
CONNECTIONS Program Assistant

Maria Tsiao (she/her)
CIRCLE Program Assistant

Cynda Wang

Cynda Wang (she/her)
CIRCLE Program Assistant

Michelle D'Mello

Michelle D’Mello (she/her)
CIRCLE Program Assistant

Alexander Yeh (he/him)
CIRCLE Program Assistant

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Center Assistants
Nicole Park (she/her)
Richard Ochoa (he/they)
Khai Phan (he/him)

Program Assistant
Jordan Trinh 
Izzy Becer (she/her)

 

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