Asian American and Pacific Islander Standing Committee

Asian American and Pacific Islander Standing Committee (AAPISC)

a group of people stand together in front of a stained glass window

Members of the committee attended the release of the "Twenty Years Later:  Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders at UC Berkeley" report in November 2021.


The work of AAPISC is a comprehensive effort by Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, and alumni to assess and provide recommendations on how to realize for members of our community the stated mission of the UC Berkeley Division of Equity & Inclusion “to create a campus where all Berkeley students, faculty, and staff feel respected, supported, and valued.”


The objectives of AAPISC shall include but not be limited to the following:

  • Improve the recruitment and retention rates of underrepresented AAPI ethnic groups at both the undergraduate and graduate student levels;
  • Develop and strengthen existing social, personal, and academic support systems for AAPI students;
  • Expand existing professional development and career enhancement opportunities and resources for AAPI staff and faculty;
  • Increase the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of those occupying critical campus senior management positions; and
  • Ensure the continued growth and vitality of teaching and research efforts by and about AAPIs on campus.

Committee Members

  • Dania Matos, Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion Executive Sponsor
  • Marcia Gee Riley  - Director and Ombudsperson, Ombuds Office for Students and Postdoctoral Appointees
  • Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani - Continuing Lecturer, Department of Ethnic Studies
  • Joshua lokua Albano - Graduate student , Goldman School of Public Policy
  • Lilia Brossus - Undergraduate student, Social Welfare and Legal Studies
  • Angel Halafihi - Manager, Pacific Islander Initiative, Asian Pacific American Student Development
  • Christopher Jackson - Graduate student, Chemistry
  • James Kato - Assistant Director, Center for Support and Intervention
  • SanSan Kwan - Associate Professor and Head Graduate Advisor, Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies
  • Eunice Kwon - Director, Asian Pacific American Student Development 
  • Melissa Kwon - Associate Director for Prevention, PATH to Care Center
  • Nancy Liu - Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Djenilin Mallari - Assistant Director/Diversity Coordinator, Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Michael Mascarenhas - Associate Professor, Environmental Sciences, Policy & Management
  • Tanisha Muquit - Resident Director, Unit 3, Residential Life
  • Thomas M. Philip - Professor and Faculty Director of Teacher Education, Graduate School of Education
  • Pratiyush Singh - Undergraduate student, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Jenna Tan - Graduate student, Department of Chemistry
  • Walter Wong - University Registrar, Office of the Registrar
  • Michelle Yiu - Undergraduate student, Public Health & Integrative Biology with a minor in Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies

View a list of past committee members


What is the UC Berkeley Asian American and Pacific Islander Standing Committee (AAPISC)?

On May 31st, 2018 --  upon the request of a coalition of Asian American Pacific Islander students, staff, and faculty representing the Asian Pacific American Student Development Office (APASD), the Asian Pacific American Systemwide Alliance (APASA), and the Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies Program (AAADS) -- Vice Chancellor of Equity and Inclusion (VCEI) Oscar Dubón agreed to serve as the executive sponsor of an inaugural advisory body dedicated to raising greater awareness about and developing strategic solutions to address the diversity and complexity of needs and interests of AAPI undergraduate and graduate student, staff, and faculty members on campus.  A year later on May 8th, 2019, the Office of the VCEI hosted the first meeting of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Standing Committee (AAPISC).

What is the purpose of AAPISC?

AAPISC advocates for increased visibility and understanding of the rich and complex experiences and needs of AAPI communities on the UC Berkeley campus.  When measured only by aggregate enrollment, retention, and graduation rates, AAPI undergraduate students appear to be among the most academically successful on our campus.  These numbers, however, render both marginal and invisible the diverse and critical issues and needs of not only AAPI undergraduate and graduate students on campus, but also AAPI staff and faculty -- including the prevalence of mental health issues within the AAPI student population, the lack of AAPI representation in senior management, and the disproportionate number of AAPI faculty in comparison to the student body at large. 

How is AAPISC structured?

AAPISC is governed by a standing committee of 10-15 undergraduate and graduate student, staff, and faculty members who serve as an oversight committee to its subcommittees.  

How do I get involved with AAPISC?

Members of the AAPISC Standing Committee are recruited by an “open call” nomination and self-nomination process to the campus community via the Office of the VCEI in the spring semester.  

For additional information about AAPISC, please contact:

Marcia Gee Riley, AAPISC Co-Chair: 
Dr. Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani, AAPISC Co-Chair: