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Discussion Groups

APIDA Book of the Quarter

Are you interested in talking about Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) books and issues?  Join Asian American Studies Program Professors Michelle Huang and Patricia Nguyen and MSA Assistant Director Christine Munteanu for a casual book club discussion on important works of APIDA literature. Sign-ups will open at the beginning of each quarter. Contact Christine at for details.

 Fall 2019

Winter 2020

Spring 2020



APIDA 101 is a new MSA program that explores what it means to be a person of Asian, Pacific Islander, and/or Desi descent in the United States. Over the course of six sessions, you will make connections between your cultural/ethnic identity and a racial/political identity, analyze the history and dynamics of the APIDA experience in the United States, explore Asian activism at home and abroad, and develop strategies for allyship and solidarity across communities.

This program is open to any Northwestern undergraduate student who self-identifies as Asian, Pacific Islander, and/or Desi - identities which are inclusive of, but not limited to, East Asian, Southeast Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander diasporic identities, as well as multiracial and multiethnic APIDA identities. International APID(A)-identifying students are also welcome!

 Program Information (Winter Quarter):

APIDA Solidari-Tea

APIDA Solidari-Teas are a space for Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) students to come together and build community through reflection, story-telling, and discussions about the APIDA identity and experience. No prior knowledge is required to participate. This is a co-constructed space for students to learn about, from, and with each other – with tea, coffee, and snacks.

 Winter Quarter Dates:

For Us, By Us (FUBU)

FUBU is an ongoing space for courageous conversations by Black women, about Black women, and for Black women. 

Harvest Indigenous Discussions

Join MSA for our monthly dinner and discussion series on topics important to Indian Country and the Northwestern Native and Indigenous Community. All are welcome.

Pod and Party

This virtual discussion group allows for folks to chat about some of their favorite podcasts that leave us thinking or smiling.  Join weekly for a discussion by RSVPing for the session(s) you are interested in to receive a link to our Zoom discussion room! Participants are encouraged to listen to the podcast prior to attending the discussion session. Have a podcast you would love to facilitate a conversation about? Contact Aaron at for questions or further details.

 Spring Quarter Dates (more updates coming soon!):


Q-mmunity Check-In

Q-mmunity will be facilitated by an MSA staff member and a LGBTQIA-affirming trained therapist from CAPS. The purpose of the group is to provide a welcoming space for LGBTQIA+ students to discuss issues that are relevant to their well-being, build stress reducing skills and to create social support systems.

Q-mmunity occurs weekly on Tuesday's at 6:00PM CST during the Spring 2020 Quarter. Once RSVP provides you the link and calendar invitation for all future Q-mmunity Check-In's during the quarter. Please complete the RSVP form to receive a Zoom link. You can submit the RSVP at any point in the quarter. Contact Matt at for any questions or further details.

Note: This group is for educational and supportive services only and is NOT a substitute for mental health treatment. Please contact Northwestern CAPS for any mental health needs.