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Since our founding in 1982, APASS continues to thrive as a department because of the support and dedication of our partners. Whether through a financial contribution or contribution of time, our partners are a critical part of the APASS community. 

Asian Pacific American Student Assembly

Asian Pacific American Student Assembly (APASA) is one of the cultural assemblies under Undergraduate Student Government. They celebrate and share Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) heritage and diversity through leading inclusive campus-wide events, supporting member organizations and sponsoring cultural events. They strive to create a more united community, where students support each other culturally, socially, and academically by educating each other with their heritage, history, and traditions.

Student Organizations

There are many student organizations at USC. Twenty-five APIDA-specific organizations fall under APASA’s umbrella where they receive funds from the assembly for programming cultural events. 

Community Organizations

Los Angeles is home to many APIDA-specific organizations. Several organizations have partnered with APASS through program sponsorship, financial support, and even participated in our TIE Internship Program as Community Based Organization internship site placements. If your organization is interested in partnering with APASS, email Bao Nhia Moua, APASS Center Supervisor at

Faculty Involvement

APASS offers a number of partnership opportunities for faculty to engage in student-centered learning outside the classroom. Previously, faculty have participated in the following: served as keynote speakers at Student Welcome, participated in our Alternative Break Program, and in our PEER, CIRCLE, and CONNECTION! programs. If you are interested in being involved in any of the following or have new ideas, please contact us at or call (213) 740-4999.

The Asian Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association (APIFSA) was founded in Spring 2021. They make up APIDA faculty and staff at USC. They exist to serve the following purpose: Advocacy, Allyship, Representation, Community Support, APIDA Awareness, and Professional Development. If interested in getting involved or getting on the APIFSA listserv, please contact the Co-Chairs, Grace Ryu and Linda Truong, at

American Studies & Ethnicity

The Department of American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE) at USC is a multi-disciplinary department that investigates the multi-faceted problems of race, immigration, urban geography, culture, power, gender, sexuality and social justice. We engage students and the public to understand diversity, the consequences of disparity and inequity, and the enactment of community and citizenship in Los Angeles, California, the United States and the world.

Asian Pacific Alumni Association

The Asian Pacific Alumni Association strives to support the Trojan commnunity through fundraising goals, scholarship, and alumni outreach programs. 

Young Alumni Council

Join the USC APAA Young Alumni Council and help plan exciting and dynamic events for your fellow young alumni (those 35 or younger). Being part of the Young Alumni Council also affords the opportunity to build your personal and professional networks among influential alumni leaders.