We’ve come a long way...
In 1982, Asian Pacific students made up just 10% of UCR’s undergraduate population, and 8%of the graduate student body. In April of 1989, representatives of the Inter-Asian Club Council, the Chinese Students Association, the Japanese Students Association, the Asian Indian Students Association, and Katipunan (the Filipino Student Union) submitted a proposal to UCR requesting a full-time advisor to “coordinate the active needs of the Asian Students Program.” Four months later, APSP opened its doors.
Over the past three decades, we have grown in strength and numbers, and student involvement has increased. Today, nearly one-third of UCR’s student body is comprised of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students. We've come a long way in establishing our presence and cultural imprint on this diverse campus.
APSP Historical Milestones:
• The first director, Grace Yoo, is hired part-time and is supported by a one-hour-a week student worker.
• First-year activities include a volunteer peer counseling program, newsletter, volleyball games and Asian Heritage Week.
• The Asian Pacific Awareness Coalition is formed.
• Six-hundred signatures are gathered on a petition to demand Asian American Studies be offered at UCR and additional space be provided for the Asian Pacific American Student Programs office. By the end of the year, the office has a bigger budget, its own space, a full-time director and two student workers.
• The first references to Asian Pacific Student Programs (absent the word "American" in the name) begin to appear on expense budget reports.
• APSP hosts the Inland Empire Leadership Education for Asian Pacific (LEAP) Conference.
• APSP office moves to 104 Costo Hall. The organization hosts an open house and unveils
a new mural by designers Daryl Mar and Tony Osumi that links the legacy of progressive
activism to the past, present and future.
• The first annual Asian Pacific Youth Conference is held at UCR.
• The first Unity Picnic is held.
• Samuel Kho designs the APSP logo, stylizing the APSP mural into a united journey to the top of a mountain.
• Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month is moved from January to May to bring UCR in line with the national celebration.
• Drawing inspiration from the Inter-Asian Club Council, student organizations unite as the Asian Pacific Islander Student Advisory Council (APISAC), which soon establishes itself as a political force on campus.
• APSP's Peer Mentor Program receives the Bayless Student Leadership Award for devoted service to the community and exemplifying outstanding leadership.