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  • Asian Pacific Graduate Celebration

    The Asian Pacific Graduate Celebration recognizes and celebrates the strength of the Asian Pacific community at USC. Get inspired about YOUR limitless opportunities post-graduation! The 2014 Asian Pacific Graduate Celebration will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014. RSVP: Read More

Springing forth to a wonderful semester!
A recap and a look ahead...

Fall semester was full of excitement for Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS). 59 student leaders completed CIRCLE, the APA Social Justice & Leadership Development course which was capped off by an intense, reflective and action-oriented retreat. The Asian Pacific Alumni Association officially became a co-sponsored for our career alumni mentoring program, Connections! We matched over 40 mentors to mentees this Fall. PEER had a banner semester matching 40 mentors to 46 first-year students. 

APASS is currently accepting applications from Spring admit students who are interested in having a mentor. Please visit, to apply.

This semester, we will be making our 6th trip to Hawaii and 9th trip to Manzanar for Alternative Spring Break. Our community-based program, TiE (Together in Empowerment), now co-sponsored with Career Center, will place students in 9 LA-based non-profits. We are thrilled to have Kaya Press and LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacific) join TiE this year. 

We are also excited to share our 2012-2013 APASS Annual Report. The annual report shares the enriching programs that APASS has to offer and the range of stakeholders that we collaborate with and serve. A profile of Asian Pacific American freshmen from the last four years demonstrates the diversity of APA students at USC. In addition, the report showcases our program successes and highlights from the year. Check out the 2012-2013 APASS Annual Report and program assessments.

Finally, we hope you can join us for our Spring Open House on Friday, January 31 from 11:00am – 3:00pm in STU 410. Meet our staff and students, get to know our programs, and enjoy some free food!

See you soon,

Mary and Jonathan

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Letter to the USC Community
Regarding Racist Flyer Received on 2/1/2014

February 7, 2014

Dear USC Trojan Community,

On Friday, February 1, 2014, USC Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS) received an anonymous flyer that was filled with racist and sexist slurs directed at a number of communities. 

Asian Pacific American Student Services did not want to give legitimacy to this individual or individuals full of hate.  However, we feel the need to make a statement that is clear and direct. We will not tolerate such harmful, derogatory and racist slurs directed at the Asian Pacific American community or at any communities. 

The Trojan community prides itself on creating a campus of support and inclusion and we will continue to promote an environment that affirms all identities.

The Department of Public Safety has been notified and will keep Asian Pacific American Student Services posted on any developments.  We have also been in conversation with senior administrators in the Division of Student Affairs. The Division of Student Affairs and Asian Pacific American Student Services support and advocate for our Asian Pacific American communities on campus.


Mary Ho
Asian Pacific American Student Services

Jonathan Wang
Assistant Director
Asian Pacific American Student Services

For Reference (LA Times Article):,0,6650242.story#axzz2sxs5TUx9

Letter to the Community.pdf

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Student Highlight
Lauren Salas-Mationg
Lauren Salas-Mationg is a senior studying Health Promotion & Disease Prevention with a minor in Gerontology. She works with APASS as a Project Coordinator for the PULE initiative, which promotes Pacific Islander awareness and education. Read More
Alumni Highlight
Jace Hieda
Jace Hieda graduated USC with his B.S. in Public Policy, Management, and Planning with the Price School of Public Policy. He currently works as the Regional Marketing Manager for JetBlue Airlines. Read More
Faculty/Staff Highlight
Dr. Viet Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen is an associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity, as well as a member of the steering committee for the Center for Transpacific Studies. Read More