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  • TiE Program

    The Tie Program is an Asian Pacifric American Student Services (APASS) Initiative. It is collaboration between APASS and the Asian Pacific American community based organizations. Through the experiences, students will gain insight to the APA community of Los Angeles and build a skill set in one of the following areas: funding and development, policy and advocacy, and outreach and organizing. Applications are due January 16, 2015 through connectSC. Read More

  • APASS Open House

    Please come join us for our Spring Open House on January 30, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Connect with other fellow Trojans and free food! Read More

Welcome to APASS!
Supporting new and returning APA students.

Welcome to APASS!

APASS provides programs and services for students of Asian descent and educational opportunities for the entire campus.  Our mission is to educate, engage and empower students through our mentoring programs, service-learning opportunities, community-based internship program, social justice leadership course and cross-cultural discussions. 

The specific ethnic breakdown is 33% Chinese, 18% Korean, 12% Indian, 7% Japanese, 8% Filipino, 7% Vietnamese, 2% Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander and 18% other Asian. There are 27% who categorize as multiracial or multiethnic. The AAPI population is diverse here at USC. You come from diverse ethnic backgrounds, hometowns, academic majors and interest. Our department will allow you to explore various aspects of your identity and interest. The incoming Asian American Pacific Islander population is 23% of the incoming class.

The department is here to support you during your time at USC. We want to be your home away from home. Please come and visit us in the Student Union 410. Have a wonderful year!

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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