Celebrating APIMEDA History & Culture

We honor the diverse cultures of Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern and Desi Americans (APIMEDA) on TU’s campus and beyond.

Many People. Many Cultures.

The APIMEDA diaspora comprises nearly 100 countries from North Africa to Asia and the islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. The term expands traditional AAPI affinity groupings to be more inclusive of Middle Eastern and Desi Americans. We recognize the broad experiences and contributions of these distinct ethnicities and cultures, and celebrate the many ways APIMEDA community members make TU more vibrant.

The APIMEDA community comprises nearly 100 countries from North Africa to Asia.


What We’re Up To

Aneil Mishra

Leading Innovation

TU’s dean of the College of Business and Economics is taking creative risks to help faculty and staff thrive.

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Sel Hwahng

Combatting Imposter Syndrome

Professor Sel Hwahng is sharing strategies for minimizing self-doubt to live, lead effectively.

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Chris Truong

Giving Life-affirming Care

Chris Truong is helping students, faculty and staff embrace the power of neurodiversity.

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Connect with Us

APIMEDA Resources

Atika Syed

APIMEDA Coordinator

Atika develops programming and activities to build community and create dialogue around issues relevant to APIMEDA communities. She also helps connect students with resources to build a sense of belonging and enhance academic success. Atika aims to offer TU’s APIMEDA community the support system she needed when she was in college.

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Atika Syed

Solidarity and Support

All Tigers deserve to live in an environment where they can feel safe and thrive. We condemn hate speech and racist behavior of any kind.

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Building Coalitions and Communities

Sidd Kaza

Leading TU’s Research Evolution

As TU’s inaugural associate provost for research and dean of graduate studies, Sidd Kaza is bringing TU’s vision for transformative research to life, inspiring faculty and students to create knowledge for the public good.

QandA With Sidd Kaza
Yu-Ling Shao

Empowering Healthier Habits

Director of Student Health Services Yu-Ling Shao is developing new programs and partnerships—as well as strengthening existing ones—to educate and empower  all TU students to achieve long-term health, wellness and life satisfaction.

QandA with Yu-Ling Shao
Baylee Wong

Fostering Connection

As co-chairs of the Asian Faculty and Staff Association, Cristina Packard and Atika Syed are creating community and fostering a sense of belonging at TU.

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Connecting Through Art

The Asian Arts and Culture Center

The Asian Arts and Culture Center (AAandCC) opened its doors in 1971, showcasing Asian stories, arts and culture to challenge stereotypes and strengthen cultural understanding amid the Vietnam War. AAandCC hosts year-round programs, exhibitions and events that offer unique perspectives on the human experience. 

Programs and exhibitions History of AAandCC
AACC performance

Experts and Advocates

Arundhati Rao

Arundhati Rao

The appointee to the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism shares the one volunteer project that changed her life.

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Dana Tai Soon Burgess

Dana Tai Soon Burgess

In his special residency, the world-renowned choreographer taught master classes and workshops and gave a rare on-campus performance.

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Liyan Song

Liyan Song

The 2023 Board of Regents Faculty Award nominee for mentorship is giving students the tools to create effective curricula.

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By the Numbers

Statistics based on federal reporting guidelines as of fall 2023.


TU students identify as Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.


TU faculty and staff members identify as Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.


APIMEDA affinity groups on TU’s campus

TU celebrates and recognizes the cultural identities and lived experiences of its community members.

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