First-year Experience

Welcome New Trojans!

We invite and encourage you to get involved in APASS to learn more about your Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) identity, build community, and think critically about social issues that impact the APIDA community. We are here, as a cultural center, to foster community and encourage you to to be who you are (and want to be!). Our programs, services, and resources center on the APIDA experience, however we are open to all who are interested in learning more!

Spring Opportunities to get involved with APASS:

APIDA Spring Welcome Week

Learn how you can participate in our programs and services. Connect with student leaders and learn how you can join student organizations. Meet the new incoming class of 2024 and start your life-long friendships here!

Register for our APIDA Welcome Week Events here:

APIDA Student Welcome & Involvement Fair
Open to Fall and Spring Admits

Wednesday, January 13, 3pm Pacific
Register for Zoom link:

Join us for our first Spring Semester event! Learn more about APASS, meet with our student leaders, and find out how you can get involved with APASS!

The Asian Pacific American Student Assembly, part of the the Undergraduate Student Government, will host our semesterly Involvement Fair. Learn more about all of the programs happening the in the Spring Semester and explore the 25+ APIDA student organizations that you can join! Learn more about APASA:

We’ll be raffling off USC Welcome Packages from the USC Bookstore!



First Year Mixers
Open to Fall and Spring Admits

Thursday, January 14
5pm Pacific – All First Years (Fall and Spring Admits)
6pm Pacific – Spring Admit Hour (Spring Admits will remain in the same Zoom Room)
Register for Zoom link:

We’re kicking off our First-year experience programming with a dedicated mixer for you to meet other first-year students! We know that this year hasn’t been the easiest in finding a community or sharing time with new people, so we wanted to help out by creating low-stress mixers. Guided by APASS’s undergraduate staff.

At 6pm, we’ll kindly ask our Fall Admits to leave the Zoom Room so our Spring Admits can get to meet each other, and ask our APASS student staff all about what to expect for your first semester at USC!


APASS Open House
Open to All students

Wednesday, January 27
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Our semesterly Open House welcomes you to the APASS Virtual Space and our programs/services. Learn more about how you can get involved with APASS, chat with our team, and enter to win a USC Welcome Package from the USC Bookstore!

Register for our APIDA Welcome Week Events here: and we will send a zoom link on the day of the event!

PEER – First Year Mentoring

New First year APIDA students (Spring admits) are paired with continuing APIDA students in a mentoring relationship focused on transition, success, and growth. Gain connection, positive role morels, and support to transition smoothly to college life. One of our most popular programs for first-year students!

PEER Mentee Applications are currently open. Apply today!
Apply here:

CONNECTIONS! – Career and Professional Development

This program is focused on career exploration and professional development. Participate in resume and cover letter writing workshops, connect with alumni and professionals, and explore how your identity can shape your career journey.

CONNECTIONS! Applications are currently open. Apply today!
Apply here:

QTAPI – Queer & Trans API Space

Queer & Trans Asian Pacific Islanders (QTAPI) provides a safe space to engage in conversations about the intersection of identities with a specific focus on our API LGBTQ+ community. Conversations are peer led.

Email to learn more and get access to our semi-closed space!

TIE – Together In Empowerment Community Internships

What is TIE?

The TIE Internship Program provides college students with an educational learning experience and insight into the Los Angeles APIDA community through participation, empowerment, and advocacy. The program will foster the development and learning of students to become leaders and changemakers in their community. At this time, the TIE Program will be operating 100% virtual or remote.

TIE Internship Applications are currently open!

Learn more about TIE internships at

APIDA Womxn’s Collective

Launching this semester, APASS is hosting a brand-new program for students who identify as APIDA and as a Womxn. This program is gender-inclusive, and focuses on supporting the intersectional identities of APIDA Womxn of all backgrounds. Dialogue with others. Find Community. Foster Empowerment.

Email if you’re interested in learning more!


Alternative Break: Hawai’i provides student with an intimate, cross-cultural immersion experience on the island of Oahu. Participants explore Native Hawaiian history, culture, and the struggle for sovereignty through dialogue and reflection.

AVB Hawaii features three sessions highlighting Hawaiian Language, Hawaii History and Culture through Music, and a Lei making class. We’ll be raffling off items from each of our sessions.

Participants who attend all three sessions will receive up to a $150 travel credit for a future Alternative Break: Hawaii in-person trip!

Register for AVB Hawaii here:
Access the Lei Making supplies list here

FREE and Open to All!