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SCampus 2011 12 Student Services Exploring Los Angeles Want to know what kind of services and programs are available on campus Need to know who is on the Student Affairs Council for your department This section provides the information needed to make the most of your Trojan experience APASS Asian Pacific American Student Services Director Sumun Pendakur 213 740 4999 Student Union 410 www usc edu apass USC Asian Pacific American Student Services APASS is a multifaceted department focused on the education engagement and empowerment of students APASS has a two fold mission to facilitate Asian Pacific American participation dialogue community building and empowerment while at the same time serving as a source of crosscultural educational programming for the entire campus APASS programs include orientation leadership development service Amber Brink Psychology major Spanish minor Modesto CA learning and community immersion career and peer mentoring cross cultural and educational programs academic collaborations and individual and collective advocacy We understand the distinctive needs among the different ethnicities within our Asian Pacific American community and we derive strength from our diversity THE APA NETWORK Involvement with APASS starts by joining the Asian Pacific American Network the easiest way to connect with the APA community on and off campus Students can join the Network online at www usc edu apass APA STUDENT WELCOME APASS provides a special half day orientation during Welcome Week for incoming Asian Pacific American freshmen and transfer students The fun and interactive program was designed to introduce Asian Pacific American undergraduate students to each other student leaders and the APASS department This free event includes brunch and the APA involvement fair which represents over 40 student and community organizations SCampus 2011 12 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 32 APASS implements various programs and activities designed to enhance leadership development including campus and community based programs designed for educational or advocacy purposes Our flagship leadership development program is called CIRCLE Critical Issues in Race Class and Leadership Education Now in its 24th year CIRCLE is a semester long introduction to Asian Pacific American community issues the field of Asian American studies and leadership training With a focus on engagement and dialogue the program prepares APA students to understand the diverse needs of the community and gain effective tools to engage with societal issues while encouraging students to take action on important issues COMMUNITY RESOURCES APASS supplies information about scholarships volunteer and employment opportunities and internships In addition APASS offers TIE Together in Empowerment a community based internship program open to undergraduate and graduate students Students develop skill sets in one of three areas policy and advocacy fundraising and development or outreach and organizing MENTORING APASS offers two premiere mentoring programs Get professional mentoring and take advantage of skill building workshops through Connections a career development program that matches undergraduate students with alumni graduate students or other professionals for career and academic guidance Positive Experiences Enriching Relationships PEER a first year transition and success program that matches each student to a highly trained upperclass mentor is available to freshmen and transfer students EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS APASS works with student and community organizations and academic departments to provide unique educational opportunities not offered by traditional student programming From workshops to exposure trips to service learning opportunities students can gain cross cultural knowledge as well as learn about the various Asian Pacific American communities their issues and their experiences APASS offers two Alternative Spring Break trips one to Manzanar the former internment camp used to house Japanese Americans during World War II focusing on civil liberties and one to Hawai i engaging the Native Hawaiian experience In addition in collaboration with the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs and El Centro Chicano APASS offers Project ReMix Exploring the Mixed Race Generation year round programming focused on multiracial student and community issues APASS also offers targeted cross cultural programming such as the DESI Project Defining and Exploring South Asian Issues and PULE Promoting Unity Liberation and Education our Pacific Islander initiative CBCSA Director Corliss P Bennett Asst Director Syreeta N Greene 213 740 8257 213 740 3298 FAX Student Union 415 Email cbcsa usc edu www usc edu cbcsa The Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs CBCSA provides a wide range of support services programs and cultural activities aimed at the development of undergraduate and graduate students CBCSA is committed to creating an environment that encourages intellectual professional and cultural growth of students of African descent entering and completing degree programs CBCSA s five major areas of focus are cultural and community awareness leadership professional development social enrichment and retention THE RONALD TUTOR CAMPUS CENTER The new Ronald Tutor Campus Center TCC is a four story 193 000 square foot complex with more than 30 meeting rooms designated lounges an expansive ballroom and several department offices and dining options including Admission Center Dining California Pizza Kitchen Carl s Jr Coffee Bean Tea Leaf Lemonade Seeds Marketplace Moreton Fig Restaurant and Lounge Panda Express Traditions Wahoo s Fish Tacos Student Affairs Offices CORE PROGRAMS Alternative Spring Break ASB Montgomery AL This service learning program allows students to explore historical events and legislation that have had an impact on the South ASB participants take part in outings engage in discussions and help enhance a community in need Students work with Habitat for Humanity and visit historical monuments and museums related to the Civil Rights Movement Distinguished Speaker Series The purpose of the series is to create a greater sense of community by introducing students to faculty from various disciplines and discussing important themes impacting the Black community locally and globally Students explore ideas concepts and historical and current events and challenge themselves to shift from cultural knowledge to cultural competence Dr Thomas

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