Asian American and Pacific Islander Standing Committee

Asian American and Pacific Islander Standing Committee (AAPISC)


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;
  • 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

  • Oscar Dubón - Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion
    Executive Sponsor
  • Marcia Gee Riley  - Director and Ombudsperson, Ombuds Office for Students and Postdoctoral Appointees
  • Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani - Lecturer, Department of Ethnic Studies
  • Villy Somthida - Office of Equity & Inclusion
    Committee Staff

  • Brianne Imada - Graduate Student, Social Welfare
  • James Kato - Case Manager, Center for Support and Intervention
  • Eunice Kwon - Director, Asian Pacific American Student Development Office
  • 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
  • Kusha Murarka - Staff Psychologist, University Health Services
  • Michael Omi - Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies
  • Karina “K” Parker - Undergraduate, Department of Anthropology
  • Tarlochan Rakhra - Graduate student, Berkeley Law
  • Dara Sengchanthavong - Undergraduate, Environmental Sciences
  • Winston Tseng - Lecturer, Department of Ethnic Studies and School of Public Health 
  • Walter Wong - University Registrar, Office of the Registrar


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

AAPISC was created under the executive sponsorship of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion (Office of the VCEI) by a group of AAPI students, staff, faculty, and alumni concerned about improving campus life for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community at UC Berkeley.  

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.  Ex Officio AAPISC members serve as a source of additional support and guidance for AAPISC.

How do I get involved with AAPISC?

Members of the AAPISC Standing Committee will be recruited by an “open call” nomination and self-nomination process to the campus community via the Office of the VCEI in February 2019.  Standing Committee members will be selected by the end of the Spring 2019 semester, and begin meeting in Fall 2019.

For additional information about AAPISC, please contact:

Marcia Gee Riley, AAPISC Co-Chair: 
Dr. Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani, AAPISC Co-Chair:
Villy Somthida, Office of the VCEI:

Launch of the Pacific Islander Studies Library Guide.

Celebrating the launch of the UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library Critical Pacific Islander Studies Library Research Guide. Photo by Thomas Manglona.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Standing Committee

Lunar New Year 2019 Celebration

UC Berkeley's Asian Pacific American Systemwide Alliance holds a campus celebration to mark the 2019 Lunar New Year.