In 2004, a memo was sent to the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences from the Asian American Studies Ad Hoc Committee requesting advisement and academic support for at-risk Asian Pacific American (APA) students. In 2007, possible development paths for the center along with Connecting Communities project were drafted by Dr. Reyes. This project helped outreach to underrepresented APA groups and become partners for institutional grants. A proposal set forth for a new space called the Asian American Pacific Islander Community Resource Center (AAPICRC). Dr. Yee became the chair of the AAPICRC Committee, establishing both a mission and vision for the center. An Open House was held that December and brought over 100 attendees ranging from elected officials, community and university leaders, faculty, staff, and students. Mihaylo Hall designated University Hall  210B/211B for the center, which is now known as Gordon Hall. In 2009, Sonia Velez, Dr. Yee, and Associate Dean Palmerino brought furniture, received $10,000 from an anonymous donor and made a Keyless Entry System a priority for the space. In the same year, Dr. Yee stepped down as chair which put AAPICRC planning on hold. In 2010, AAPI students contacted Dr. Yee to design a student lounge in UH 211B and the proposal was approved by Dr. Yee and the ASAM Faculty. In 2012, Dr. Haddad found funding for the space to provide conference chairs, a projector, office supplies, a television, staffing, as well as acquired book donations. In 2013, the Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC) was established under the department and leadership of Diversity Initiatives and Resource Centers (DIRC). In January 2017, Jacob Chacko was hired as the first full-time coordinator of APARC. In Summer of 2018, the Asian Pacific American Resource Center moved to the Pollak Library - South 180 along with the four community/cultural resource centers under DIRC and since then, has built a foundational space for students, staff, and faculty to connect, engage, and learn internally and externally to the Asian Pacific Islander and Desi-American (APIDA) diaspora.

Meet the staff

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Hathiya Chea

Coordinator, Asian Pacific American Resource Center

Hathiya Chea joined CSUF as the Coordinator of Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC) in June 2020. Prior to CSUF, she worked as the Program Coordinator at the Asian Pacific Student Programs at the University of California, Riverside. There, she worked on Lunar New Year celebration; APIDA Heritage Month; Womxn Programs and conferences to empower womxn of color on campus; Youth Community Outreach Programs to build a pipeline/access for students of color from high school to college; Roundtable discussions and Cultural Education Programs to discuss important issues surrounding Asian, Pacific Islanders, and South Asians communities. She is excited to work on key APARC signature programs such as APIDA Rising, Titan Night Market, APIDA Heritage Month, APIDA Recognition Celebration, and collaborate with campus partners and student organizations.

Hathiya is holds a Master of Arts in College Student Development and Administration from Shepherd University in West Virginia, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of ACPA, NASPA, CACCCHE, Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE). She is passionate and excited to work with First Generation, LGBTQIA+, Dreamers, API, Desi, SWANA, and all the Students of Color on campus. 

In her free time, she takes her rescued German Shepherd/Chihuahua mixed to dog beaches, dog parks, dog birthday parties, hiking, camping, and chasing waterfalls around the Los Angeles National Forests.


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RJ (she/her/hers)

Programming Activity Lead, LGBT Queer Resource Center

RJ is currently a second-year student with a double major in Cinema & Television Arts and Asian American Studies. On campus, RJ is involved with the Pilipinx American Student Association (PASA), the Bayanihan Kollective (social justice community organization), and the Queer Trans People of Color Collective (QTPOCC). RJ spends the rest of her time working in my other profession as a fanatic for the current shows: Steven Universe, Adventure Time, Avatar the Last Airbender, and Legend of Korra, and many more. Ideally, RJ would like to pursue voice acting and screenwriting in addition to other outlets so that she can serve her community through cultural work.