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APIDA Women’s Collective


The APIDA Women’s Collective is a safe and inclusive space for non-binary, genderqueer, transgender, and cisgender folks. The purpose of the APIDA Women’s Collective is to provide a supportive network for APIDA women to share in dialogue about gender-specific conversations and issues and to foster empowerment around APIDA women’s identity and experience. Our hope is to bring greater attention to gender equity issues and experiences at USC and within the APIDA community.

The APIDA Women’s Collective features three core components:

  • Dialogue. To foster education and learning from diverse perspectives.
  • Community. To build a safe and supportive network.
  • Empowerment. To celebrate and discover pride in the APIDA women identity.
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Students exploring Little Tokyo in Los Angeles.

March is Women's History Month

Notable APIDA women you should know. 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Movements for social change and equality began to gain traction in the 1940s and 50s with the Civil Rights era. Social activism around the issue of sexual assault continued into the 1970s, which gained widespread attention across the U.S. for support of survivors and increased awareness. SAAM was established in 2001 to raise awareness for and prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. Although women are often the victim of sexual violence, men, boys, and the LGBTQ+ community also fall victim.


Did You Know? The creator of Title IX was an Asian American woman. Congresswoman Patsy Mink (Hawai’i) fought for gender and racial equality and was a major author and sponsor of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act. She wrote Title IX based on her experiences of being denied admission to schools and facing employment discrimination based on her sex. She introduced this legislation to Congress, which was signed into law on June 23, 1972. After her death in 2002, Title IX was renamed the Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act.

Past Events

This April, the APIDA Women’s Collective is reading Know My Name by Chanel Miller, a Chinese American woman who was the victim of the Brock Turner sexual assault case in 2015. Read Know My Name and join us for a discussion on the book and intersections of how sexual violence has impacted APIDA women and the APIDA community. Due to the sensitivity of the topic, an Advocate from RSVP will be present.


Meet Chanel Miller! The APIDA Women’s Collective is excited to partner with SAGE to host Chanel Miller at USC. Join us for an intimate discussion, meet and greet, and Q&A with the author of Know My Name. Moderated by Professor Christina Belcher, join us for discussion with Chanel Miller. Learn how to empower and support survivors of sexual assault and gender-based harm through storytelling.