AAPI Faculty Initiative

The goals of the Asian American Pacific Islander Faculty Initiative at UC Santa Cruz are to:
  • raise awareness about the experiences, perspectives and contributions of Asian and Asian American students, staff and faculty;
  • support, retain and advocate for AAPI on campus through grants and initiatives; and
  • increase cross-cultural understanding through events, education, exhibitions and other programs.
We will achieve these goals through building campus/community partnerships, establishing stronger communication with the University administration, and helping to create needed resources and structures. The latter includes developing academic projects, for example, new courses focusing on Asian American histories, historical and cultural exhibitions and displays on campus, student and faculty research funding (grants, awards), and other programs to support students and retain faculty who advise and teach them.

AAPI Faculty Initiative Steering Committee

Professor L.S. Kim, Chair

Professor Flora Lu, Provost of College Nine

Professor Su-hua Wang

Professor David Koo

Professor Nirvikar Singh

Ms. Rui Li, Community Partner

Read more about the AAPI Faculty Initiative Steering Committee

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Make a Gift

If you are interested, please donate to the AAPI Faculty Initiative. Currently, we are fundraising for student support during the public health emergency, and for faculty research grants. (When you go to the linked giving page, you will find a pre-selected designation for the Asian American Pacific Islander Faculty Initiative Fund.) Thank you for your support!

Donate to the Judy Yung Memorial Fund

j-young-100.jpegIn honor of the late Judy Yung, emerita professor of American studies, author, and scholar of Chinese American history, UCSC has established the Judy Yung Memorial Fund, which shall be used to support interdisciplinary research and/or programming related to Asian American / Pacific Islander (AAPI) Studies at UC Santa Cruz. This fund will carry Yung’s legacy into the future by creating an open and inclusive forum for nurturing intellectual exchange across the disciplines. Read more...

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T. F. Mou and Koo Family Fund


The AAPI Faculty Initiative gratefully acknowledges Dr. Linda Koo and her brother, Professor David Koo, for making a gift of rare materials from the archive of Chinese-language filmmaker T.F. Mou. The Koo family's investment in Asian American/Pacific Islander Faculty Initiative will allow for UC Santa Cruz faculty and students to gain a greater understanding of this artist, whose work forged connections between Taiwan and mainland China. You can make a gift to support this or other AAPI Faculty Initiatives

After linking to the donation page, please write in the notes section, "For the Koo Family Fund." 

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