The Asian Pacific American Cultural Center (APACC) provides programs and services to support the retention, graduation and success of students. The office contributes to an inclusive campus environment by providing the resources for Asian Pacific American awareness and education.
The APACC office runs several educational and volunteer programs for students to help spread awareness of Asian American culture and connect students with each other. These programs include a peer mentoring program for incoming CSU students as well as a mentoring programs for local elementary and middle school students called P.A.L.S. (Participation, Awareness, Learning and Sharing) and Explore.
The APACC office welcomes all students and seeks to create a safe place for students of all backgrounds. The office has many resources available for student use. These includes a student lounge complete with a futon and computers which are available for all students to use.
The Asian Pacific American Cultural Center (APACC) is one of Colorado State University’s student diversity offices. Founded in November of 1984, it was created in response to a survey that indicated CSU Asian Pacific American (APA) students wanted to learn more about their Asian heritage and interact with other APA university members.
The office was originally referred to as Services for Asian American Students (SAAS) and located in Aylesworth. It was directed by then grad-student Linda Ahuna-Hamill, who continues to serve CSU as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. As the APA student population continued to grow, so did the office and the programs and services it offered and the office's name changed to the Asian/Pacific American Student Services (A/PASS).
In May 1997, A/PASS moved from Aylesworth in to the Lory Student Center. This was the same year as the Flood in July 1997, which devastated the Fort Collins and campus communities.
In 2009, A/PASS changed name to its current name of Asian Pacific American Cultural Center (APACC) based on recommendations from a survey sent to students, faculty, and staff to better reflect the overall role of the office. Additionally, the Advocacy Cluster (of which APACC is one of seven offices) was renamed Student Diversity Programs and Services (SDPS) to better reflect the roles of the office and the desire and need to collaborate across the University.
In the summer of 2013, APACC was temporarily located in the LSC West (Campus Recreation Center in the Mac Gym), while the Lory Student Center went under some major renovation and reconstruction.
In the fall of 2014, APACC moved to its new office space in the Lory Student Center room 333 where it is close to the other SDPS offices and the center of campus.
APACC continues to grow, change, and evolve in versatile ways that reflect the changing times, student populations, and needs of those we serve.