Current APSC Seats

Ongoing Projects

  • Alumni Spotlights Alumni spotlights is an initiative where APSC community alumni are recognized during APSC general body meetings through in-person meetings. Alumni in the past have come in-person to the meetings, have written articles, and have video-conferenced into GBMs. Spotlights are a chance for alumni to talk about their time at the university and discuss he work they used to do with current undergraduates.
  • Anti-Bullying Campaign This is a pilot program that we hope to get started in the fall. I will hopefully be working with Duong to see what connections we can make with Philly high schools that are in need of APA mentors. The goal of this initiative is to follow up with our anti-bullying campaign and give students an opportunity to act upon the things that they have learned. We hope that this program would allow Penn students to visit high schools and spend time with high school students, giving them guidance and talking with them about APA issues such as bullying.
  • Dephanie Jao Incident Karu will be working on a system to  report these types of incidents The goals to fight this type of incident are to increase awareness of our peers by: Strengthen intercultural dialogue. Automize the search results to go towards the relevant resource centers. Expand the visibility of the reach, have counselors. Seems that it’s focused more towards Greek life despite the fact that it may or may not be true.
  • Diversity Action Plan APSC has recently collaborated with the United Minorities Council, the Latino Coalition, UMOJA, the Lambda Alliance, the Penn Consortium of Undergraduate Women, and the Undergraduate Assembly in order to release a resolution regarding Penn's Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence. The final resolution called for increased accountability and clarity in rhetoric from the administration.
  • Entrepreneurship Resources APSC is currently working on a partnership with UPAAN and PAACH to expanding funding and mentorship resources available to Asian American student entrepreneurs on campus.  By the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic school year, we will have launched a system that allows startup teams who have member(s) of Asian/Asian American descent to apply for grants, available at quick notice and in variable amounts.  These grants will be paired with access to mentorship from UPAAN members who have similar interests and professional pursuits.
  • Expanding the Asian American Studies Program Initially, we surveyed student interest in the Asian American Studies program, asking students what they wanted from the program. For example, they might ask for a specific class, or research grants, etc. After discussing the results with the Associate Director of the ASAM Program, Dr. Fariha Khan, we have decided to move forward by selecting two or three specific Asian American Studies classes not currently offered at Penn and trying to establish them, in a similar vein to how the Asian American Activism class first came to be offered. In this way, we slowly can expand the program by adding new ASAM classes every one or two years.
  • First Year Immersion/Initiatives Organization With Triple A in an undefined state and completely divested from APSC, we would like to offer a kind of alternative, but with a more educational focus. First Year Immersion, which was instituted in previous years, introduced freshmen to issues APAs face and we would like to expand this by allowing any student to join in, and with the knowledge they gain from these, have a means to affect change in the community in a positive way, through various projects, etc. This year, this program is being revamped to have incoming students to understand these issues while not overlapping with PEER.
  • Funding Workshop In January 2012, APSC kicked off its workshop series with a funding workshop. It was formatted with an icebreaker, a 10 minute presentation introducing different campus funding sources, guest speakers who talked about emergency funding and T-Change, and a mock application review. Another one will be held near the end of February, followed by a series of other workshops to help constituent groups.
  • Meetings with Constituent Boards In order to increase transparency and move forward, board members have been attending board meetings to see how each of the constituent groups, and to state APSC's vision and mission to
  • Mental Wellness Week Mental Wellness Week is an expansion of the APSC initiative Mental Health Camp. APSC collaborated with the Lambda Alliance, Latino Coalition, UMOJA, the United Minorities Council, the Undergraduate Assembly, the Assembly of International Students, the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Council, and Penn's Counseling and Psychological Services in 2011 to organize a week-long series of events promoting the discussion of mental health in an effort to decrease the stigma. Since then MWW has expanded and become an independent organization. in 2013, there is a possibility that we will work with Frank Warren, the creator of PostSecret.
  • Social Database Research is being done into similar cultural groups across different campuses in order to compile a database of event ideas and political/cultural initiatives that our constituent groups can learn from and adapt to being relevant on Penn's campus.  This database will also include useful contacts for venues, catering, and more in the Philadelphia area.
  • Penn-Asian Post The Penn-Asian Post is a monthly newsletter designed to give members of the APA community a better sense of what projects APSC has been working on and how those projects align with both constituent and coalition goals. It also presents readers with current events of interest to place APSC within a larger framework, both with regard to the Penn Community and the APA Community as a whole.
  • Residential Program: Revamp of East Asia House Jon Kim, Aashish Lalani, and Jessica have been working on a residential program that will revamp East Asia House.  In order for this trial run to be a possible, we need those are  interested in such a program to apply to East Asia House's residential program and mention that they're interested in API development and are willing to help improve the program. The GA emphasized that he welcomes nonAsian/East Asian applicants. Applicants who apply from our end will have a BETTER CHANCE of receiving housing (but should also show genuine interest in the program).  It is based off of the UA's resource guide, but has general tips regarding each funding source. It is a valuable resource, especially for new finance chairs.
  • Resource Guide Charley and Andrew worked on assembling a funding resource guide forAPSC constituent groups. It is based off of the UA's resource guide, but has general tips regarding each funding source. It is a valuable resource, especially for new finance chairs.

Current & Past Programming

  • Parry Shen speaker event, Nov. 11, 2010
  • APSC Presidents Summit, Dec 11, 2010
  • APSC Survivor/Potluck, Dec. 14, 2011
  • Conference for Achievement Through Asian Pacific Undergraduate Leadership Training, Feb. 15, 2011 [article]
  • Roxana Saberi speaker event, Mar. 22, 2011 [article] →“Journalist narrates Iran imprisonment”
  • South Asian Society Culture Show Mela, Mar. 26, 2011
  • MSA Family Fair Booth, Apr. 2, 2011
  • JSA Iron Chef competitor, Apr 2, 2011
  • PAACH, Makuu, La Casa Latina study break, Apr. 8, 2011
  • Christine Choy speaker event, Apr. 20, 2011 [article]
  • APSC Presidents’ Brunch, Apr. 23, 2011
  • Mosiac Ball, Apr. 28, 2011
  • APSC Olympics, Apr. 28, 2011
  • APSC Welcome Back Meet & Greet, Sep. 12, 2011
  • ECAASU Mixer, Nov. 19, 2011
  • Penn Thai, CSA, LFE, M@P, PPS, VSA, & APSC Support Thailand: Lantern Launch, Dec. 3, 2011 “Thai floods displace Penn families”
  • APSC Amazing Race & Potluck, Dec. 10, 2011
  • APSC Funding Workshop, Jan. 28, 2012
  • JT Tran speaker event, Feb. 9, 2012 [article] → “Asian Playboy talks about his career as a professional Casanova”
  • APSC Web Workshop, March 24, 2012
  • APSC Murder Mystery,  Dec 9, 2012
  • ARCH Programming The State of Civil Rights Today,  January 31, 2013