In 2023, APISA convened UC’s systemwide Asian and Pacific Islander staff leaders at UCOP
In April, the UCOP Asian Pacific Islander Staff Association (APISA) organized and convened the inaugural UC Asian Amerian Pacific Islander (AAPI) Symposium at UCOP.
The symposium, based around the theme “Our Voices Are Your Voices,” aligned with the annual conference of Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education in Oakland.
More than 150 Asian and Pacific Islander staff leaders from throughout the UC system attended the symposium, which featured panel discussions, remarks from President Drake, a reception with light refreshments and networking and community-building opportunities.
“APISA welcomed the opportunity to host and learn from attendees from across the system to discuss AAPI staff needs, including professional development,” says APISA co-chair Tony Yang. “We are looking forward to hosting our conference again in 2024!”
In November, APISA also marked the largest-ever UCOP Diwali celebration. More than 110 colleagues had an opportunity to experience important Diwali traditions, including vibrant colors, decorations and lights. They also enjoyed henna hand-painting, traditional South Asian treats and tea, along with classical and modern music and vibrant music videos, Bollywood-style.