Our History

We’ve come a long way...

APSP - Our History

In 1982, Asian American and Pacific Islander 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 and Pacific Islander students. We've come a long way in establishing our presence and cultural imprint on this diverse campus.