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
Advisor: Thomas Nguyễn: firstname.lastname@example.org
APC website: http://www.tamuapc.org/