From printing a paper for class to networking with other passionate people, the Office of Asian Pacific Student Services has never let me down. The story of APSS is quite inspiring, as the years that I was an undergrad were times of significant growth in the Asian Pacific American community at LMU. Their outreach and effort to bring diversity to LMU started when I was in high school. After applying to the University and getting accepted, APSS offered an inside look to life at LMU through their Overnight program. This two day event that involved campus tours and information sessions integrated both faculty as well as actual students who volunteered to help prospective high school kids learn more about attending LMU. This great experience led me to accept LMU's offer! Many of the folks I met at this very overnight four years ago are still great friends today.
My first picture at LMU. April, 2005. (Is that you, Kevin?!)
Since that overnight, APSS has supported me in so many ways. They've created a space for a community to form and thrive. For freshmen, they help students jump right into conquering what there is to conquer at LMU. While they are a great resource for international and out-of-state students, they also connect local-students (like myself) to all of the happenings on campus as well as in Los Angeles that deal with the Asian-American community. Without them, I would have missed out on pretty much everything. Concerts, speakers, screenings, marches, socials...the list goes on and on.
What I liked most about APSS all throughout college is that they were always so great about connecting students to issues, campaigns and events that mattered. Their staff sustains a passionate team of folks who keep things fresh. Because of them, I know there is Asian-American community at LMU that is active and more aware than ever.
As an alumni, it's interesting to see how APSS can keep community going as the Asian American network grows every year with more and more graduates. Of course I'll admit that one of the biggest setbacks of graduating was the loss of such a great resource to organizations, cultural experiences and new people being offered on such a regular basis as it was when I was in college. And though while I know future students will enjoy what APSS has to offer, LMU's Alumni Relations may not be enough to keep me in the loop of everything I was so used to being just a flight of stairs away. ;-)
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Angelo Ignacio (angelodignacio)
I'm a Filipino-American living life as a post undergrad making a start here in beautiful Los Angeles. I love the weather and diversity here and enjoy everything this city has to offer. I'm excited to … more
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MISSION: APSS aims to cultivate individuals to have an understanding of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans and our role in the larger global community and by encouraging and empowering individuals to be informed and engaged citizens.
VISION: APSS engages the intercultural community at Loyola Marymount University in the issues, culture, and experiences of Asian Pacific Americans through advocacy, community building, educational programs, resources, and the development of leaders.