The Asian Pacific Student Coalition has led the effort in promoting awareness, facilitating conversations, and solving problems to improve experiences for Asian Pacific-Islander students at the University of Pennsylvania.


Our Mission

Founded in the fall of 1995, the Asian Pacific Student Coalition (APSC) exists as an alliance of Asian Pacific American (APA) student groups at the University of Pennsylvania. The primary purpose of APSC is to represent the interests and causes of the APIA community to the University administration. APSC also functions to promote and celebrate the richness of APIA culture, facilitate communication between student groups, and provide a forum for discussion on issues of student concern.



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Board XXV


Kamal Gill! // Chair - School: CAS Major: BBB Minor: Nutrition

Vision for APSC? To be a community folks can call a home

Go to Karaoke song? Frank Ocean-Thinkin Bout You

Hogwarts House? Slytherin and Hufflepuff

Favorite hangout spot at Penn? PAACH!

One thing on your bucket list? Scuba Diving




Jing Jing Zeng// Vice Chair School: Engineering

Vision for APSC? To uplift under/mis-represented voices, and to build a honest community where we can all learn from and grow with each other

Go to karaoke song? Jay Chou-Simple Love

Hogwarts house? Slytherin

Favorite hang out spot at Penn? PAACH!

One thing on your bucket list? Hit all 7 continents!


Mohammad Samroz // Vice Chair of Constituent Affairs School: CAS

Hogwarts House? Hufflepuff

Favorite Slang? All of NYC slang (ofc No.1 is deadass)

Favorite Avenger? Thor 


Kat Hsu // Vice Chair of Political Affairs 

Vision for APSC? Celebrate and advocate for all narratives, create a space/events where everyone is comfortable and excited to be there!

Go to karaoke song? Mr. Brightside

Hogwarts house? Gryffindor/hufflepuff

Fav slang? dudeeee

Fav season? summer

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Sarah Kim // Vice Chair of External Affairs 

Vision for APSC? To create meaningful and unique events for APSC that can bring the API community together. At these events, we can learn from each other's experiences and help each other. At the end of the day, create a cohesive and uplifting community where people can feel welcomed.

Hogwarts House? Ravenclaw/Gryffindor

Something you can’t live without? fries :)

Fav season? Spring


Jasmine Wu // Vice Chair of Communications School: CAS

Vision for APSC? I want to share love and inclusiveness to build a healthy API community.

Go to Karaoke song? Don’t Stop Me Now-Queen!

Something you can’t live without? Dunkin Iced Coffee!

Fav slang? fo shizzle/cool beans/oof

Hogwarts house? Slytherin/ravenclaw


Daniel Jai//Freshmen Liaison School: CAS

Vision for APSC? foster a community

Favorite animal? Llama

Issue you’re passionate about? Media Representation

Cereal before milk or milk before cereal? cereal before milk


Rupa Palanki//Vice Chair of Finance

Vision for APSC? advocate for constituent funding interests, foster a sense of community and open discussion

One thing you can’t live without? books

Hogwarts house? slytherin

Favorite hangout spot at Penn? Penn bookstore

Favorite slang? y’all

Students of the Asian Pacific community descent have a rich history on Penn's campus, and their efforts have been pivotal in the formation of the Asian Pacific Student Coalition in 1995, as well as in creating change within administration and supporting the student body. 

1990:  After student protests, the Asian American Student Alliance meet with Dean Hugo Sonnenschein to discuss Asian American studies. (Source: ASAM website).  

1991: Activism from minority groups causes the school to change the name of its 'Oriental Studies Department', deemed ethnocentric and derogatory towards Asians. 

1993: The first Asian Pacific American Heritage Week takes place. 

1996: The Asian American Studies Program is established, after years of student rallies and meetings with administration. 

1997: The president's committee for Asian Pacific American Student Affairs is formed

1999: Students rally in College Green in an event called "SPEAKOUT!" for the formation of an Asian American resource center.

2000: Founding of an Asian American resource center, the Pan-Asian American Community House

2007: Approval of the Cultural Diversity in the US requirement in Spring 2007, through collaboration with the 5B: United Minorities Council, Latino Coalition, UMOJA, and Lambda Alliance. 

Reform in the Division of Public Safety in Spring 2007

2008: APSC and other 5B organizations come together to create Annual Mental Health Camp, and well as release campus climate data and institutionalize campus climate survey.