The Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American (APIDA) Leaders Community is a special interest community for first-year students at the Birnkrant Residential College and second-year students at Century Apartments.
The APIDA Leaders Community strives to cultivate a space and community for active participation, leadership development, personal growth, and a successful transition into college. APIDALC is a space and community dedicated to all students who have an interest in Asian Pacific American history, culture, and social and contemporary issues. Residents will explore what it means to be Asian in America and will have the opportunity to engage in social and academic programs, group discussions, cultural events at USC and across Los Angeles, service-learning, and first-year mentorship.
Programs and activities related to the special interest floors are for everyone, not just for students who identify with it by heritage. Exploration of cultural, historical, and societal differences and commonalities are the basis for programming.
The APIDA Leaders Community is supported by the Office for Residential Education and the Asian Pacific American Student Services cultural center.
Applying to live on the APIDA Floor is simple and easy! The application opens every Spring semester.
- When you’re ready to apply, visit the USC Housing website portal link.
- Be sure to first specify the Residential Hall (Birnkrant or Century Apartments) and then specify the Special Interest Community located within it (use code: APIDA).
- Once you have selected APIDA, you will be directed to fill out the supplemental application for living on the APIDA Leaders Community in Birnkrant or Century.
We’ll reach out to you to confirm your selection on the APIDA Floor in June!
Meet the 2021-2022 APIDA Floor RAs!
First-Year APIDA Floor RA
Birnkrant Residential College
Meet Jeremy Du!
Major: Health and Human Sciences
Fun Fact: My favorite memory at USC thus far is participating in Freshmen Dance-Off (a no-experience necessary urban dance team for first-semester freshmen) during my first semester here!
Headshot image of Jeremy Du, First-Year APIDA Floor RA.
Headshot image of Sana Shah, Second-Year APIDA Floor RA.
Second-Year APIDA Floor RA
Meet Sana Shah!
Major: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention with a concentration in Applied Analytics
Fun Fact: I’ve been skydiving before!
About Birnkrant Hall
This 8-story story campus landmark is a stylish and popular residential college. Birnkrant has 7 floors of student housing, each divided into men’s and women’s sections. Each floor has approximately 20 rooms, two large bathrooms (one for each gender), and a laundry room. Birnkrant’s ground floor features a music practice lounge, study area, and a TV lounge. The University’s smallest residential college, Birnkrant is known for its tight-knit community, commonly referred to as “8 Floors of Open Doors.”
Click here to learn more about Birnkrant Residential College.
About Century Apartments
Comprised of two large buildings surrounding a central open area with a lawn, pool, and customer service center, Century is an excellent choice for upperclassmen looking for an apartment close to campus. Residents can enjoy a central recreation room with a pool table as well as two large flat screen TVs, lounge seating, and vending machines. For outdoor fun, there is a swimming pool with barbeque area, basketball and beach volleyball courts, and a large grassy area.