Cultural Councils

The Department of Multicultural Services is dedicated to connecting students and has the definitive intent to enhance the overall educational experience of students. Multicultural Services sponsored student groups provide access to academic, social, cultural, and personal development, as well as opportunities for intentional interaction and engagement. While students are encouraged to explore leadership opportunities in the university’s more than 800 student organizations, groups sponsored by Multicultural Services incorporate student learning and student development and are distinctively tailored to build competent leaders and agents of change in specific areas of influence. We welcome you to explore and join any of our sponsored organizations and groups.

Asian Presidents’ Council (APC)

Started in 2000, APC aims to unite and strengthen the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community and serve as the voice and representative body of the APIDA community at Texas A&M University. Serving as the umbrella organization for APIDA-interest registered student organizations, our mission is to increase communication, provide leadership training to student leaders, and promote campus awareness about APIDA culture. APC also serves as a forum for discussion on campus, educational, and cultural issues.

The Asian Presidents’ Council coordinates the annual APIDA Heritage Month, which is celebrated in April at Texas A&M University. APC hosted the inaugural Leadership Education for APIDA Development (LEAD) Conference in 2018.

The Department of Multicultural Services acknowledges the diversity within the Asian and Pacific Islander diaspora in the United States, as the Asian identity is not a monolithic one. There are many ethnicities that fall under the Asian and Pacific Islander diaspora, with each respective ethnicity holding its own distinct culture, history, traditions, and experiences. This holds true to our Asian Aggie student population, as each of them comes from various ethnicities and backgrounds.
Here in the department, we use the pan-ethnic term, APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American). APIDA is a term that intentionally includes and recognizes the Desi community, a term that references people of the Indian Subcontinent and their diaspora. In 2018, the Asian Presidents’ Council and various Asian student organization leaders advocated and implemented the term APIDA in the DMS as an avenue to strengthen, support, and unite the diverse Asian Aggie community together.
We are aware that there are many terms to denote the Asian diaspora, and DMS understands and recognizes that the term “APIDA” might not fully be inclusive to all identities. To illustrate the great diversities of ethnicities and identities within the Asian community, here are some of the Asian ethnicities:
    • Central Asians: Afghani, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgians, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Tajik, Turkmen, Uzbek
    • East Asians: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Okinawan, Taiwanese, Tibetan.
    • Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders:  Carolinian, Chamorro, Chuukese, Fijian, Guamanian, Hawaiian, Kosraean, Marshallese, Native Hawaiian, Niuean, Palauan, Pohnpeian, Papua New Guinean, Samoan, Tokelauan, Tongan, Yapese
    • Southeast Asians: Bruneian, Burmese, Cambodian, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Khmer Krom, Laotian, Malaysian, Mien, Singaporean, Timorese, Thai, Vietnamese
    • South Asians: Bangladeshi, Bhutanese, Indian, Maldivians, Nepali, Pakistani, Sri Lankan
    • West Asians: This is a contested term, most people from the region do not self-identify as such. West Asia is typically referred to as the Middle East -includes Bahraini, Emirati, Iraqi, Jordanian, Kuwaiti, Lebanese, Omani, Palestinian, Persian, Qatari, Saudi Arabian, Syrian, Turk, Yemeni

Contact: apc.tamu@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tamuapc
Advisor: Thomas Nguyễn: tnguyen@dms.tamu.edu
APC website: http://www.tamuapc.org/

Black Student Alliance Council (BSAC)

With an opening celebratory reception in 2005, the Black Student Alliance Council (BSAC) launched as an effort to unite Black Aggies. Student leaders founded the BSAC to serve as a sounding board in formulating a voice for Black students at Texas A&M University. The purpose of BSAC is to enhance and unify the Black community while making the Texas A&M campus more aware of the accomplishments, achievements and needs of the Black student body. The council also fosters the commitment and investment of students in the Black Aggie Community by serving as an ally and community-building social network.

BSAC is comprised of an Executive Board and the Black Student Alliance (general members serving on various committees under the leadership of the Executive Board). Membership is open to all students at Texas A&M University. Applications for the BSA are available at the beginning of the fall semester.

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/bsactamu/home
Email: bsac.president@gmail.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tamu_bsac
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bsactamu/
Advisor: Briana Nelson, brnelson@dms.tamu.edu

Hispanic Presidents’ Council (HPC)

Hispanic Presidents’ Council seeks to provide a mechanism through which all Hispanics can become full and contributing students of Texas A&M University. To obtain its purpose, the council will promote the awareness of existing Hispanic organizations available to the student body of Texas A&M University. HPC will serve as an umbrella support group for the organizations by disseminating resources to the student population and the prospective organizations involved, and thus providing a “voice” for the concerns of the Hispanic population.

Members consist of Directors, Executive Members, and Presidents and Delegates from Hispanic organizations on campus.

Contact: aggiehpc@gmail.com
Website: https://www.hpctamu.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hispanicpresidentscouncil/
Instagram: instagram.com/hpctamu
Twitter: twitter.com/hpctamu
Advisor: Ariana Vargas, avargas@dms.tamu.edu