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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 all students through an Asian American and Pacific Islander lens.

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 421!

Our Mission

Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS) is a department within USC Student Life’s Student Equity and Inclusion Programs (SEIP) department that offers an variety of programs designed to educateengage and empower students.

APASS has a two-fold mission: to facilitate 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 diverse USC 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.