A Connection to Your Past and Future
We are Asian Pacific Student Programs, a community of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students, staff, interns and peer mentors dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich cultural fabric of diversity at UCR. When we face challenges, when we celebrate, we do so together. We build programs, events and social activities around three guiding principles: leadership, consciousness and community. We foster open and educational dialogue that respects and embraces our unique histories and cultural identities. We encourage the academic and professional excellence of all UCR students by providing a peer-mentoring program, internship opportunities through our alumni network, and a safe, welcoming place where anyone can study or just hang out. Through involvement at APSP, students become leaders and leaders become decision makers, shaping their path at UCR and beyond.
Here for You
Staff and students work together at APSP to plan and host activities, events and programs for you. We also nurture a strong and supportive community, a safe and welcoming environment, and a positive and culturally rich college experience.
Come in and meet our staff so we can welcome you to the APSP family in person.
Meet Our Staff
William “Billy” Caganap - Director
Billy earned dual B.A. degrees in Asian American studies and social sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and an M.A. in higher education administration from New York University. He joined the Asian Pacific Student Programs office in November 2003 and is a member of NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education).
Esther Kim - Program Coordinator
Esther earned a B.S. in business management from the University of Redlands. She joined APSP in December 2005 and is a member of NASPA.
Kevin Nguyen Chastain - Program Coordinator
Kevin earned a B.S. in biochemistry from California State University, Fullerton and an M.Ed. in higher education administration with an emphasis on student affairs from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. He joined APSP in March 2015 and is a member of NASPA and APAHE (Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education).
Brenda Batt - Budget, Personnel and Program Assistant
Brenda started her career in the UCR libraries in January 1999 and has been with APSP since November 2008.