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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 Professor 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 2020

  • Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, by Mira Jacob. 

    A bold, wry, and intimate graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us, this deeply relatable book is a love letter to the art of conversation—and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions.

  • Discussion Date: Tuesday, October 27, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Central Time
  • Sign up at this link:

Winter 2021

  • Know My Name, by Chanel Miller
  • Discussion Date: TBD

Spring 2021

  • Island of Shattered Dreams, by Chantal Spitz
  • Discussion Date: TBD


APIDA 101 is an 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 6 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 APIDA activism at home and abroad, and develop strategies for allyship and solidarity across communities.

This program centers the lived experiences of Asian, Pacific Islander, and/or Desi students - communities which are inclusive of, but not limited to, the East Asian, Southeast Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander diaspora, as well as multiracial and multiethnic APIDA communities.

Fall 2020

  • Thursdays, 6 - 8 PM Central Time
  • October 8 - November 12 (6-week series)
  • Sign up at this link:

APIDA Solidari-Tea

APIDA Solidari-Teas are a space for students to build community with each other through reflection, storytelling, and conversation centering Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) identity and experiences. No prior knowledge is required to participate — our discussions offer a safe space for students to learn about, from, and with each other. Although we're going virtual in the fall, we welcome everyone to bring their favorite tea, coffee, and snacks with them!

Fall 2020

  • Session 1: Skincare as Ritual
    • In this virtual space, we’re exploring what skincare means to the APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) community as ritual and self-care, along with how it can heal our minds and bodies.  We're also offering five students who register and attend this session a 7-sheet Lululun face mask set, to encourage you to develop your own skincare ritual!
    • Wednesday, October 7
    • 12 – 1:30 PM (Central Time)
    • Zoom registration link
  • Session 2: Filipinx/Latinx Solidarity
    • What does it really mean to show up for others? In honor of Filipinx American History Month and Latinx Heritage Month, we’re exploring what Filipinx/Latinx coalition-building in the labor rights movement can teach us about cultivating solidarity. As the Tagalog saying goes: “isang bagsak” (if one falls, we all fall). We're also offering five students who register and attend this session 18 Million Rising sticker sets as a reminder of the ways our communities show up for each other!
    • Wednesday, October 21
    • 4:30 – 6 PM (Central Time)
    • Zoom registration link

Additional Discussion Groups

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.

Indigenous Reading Series

The Indigenous Reading Series is a new MSA program that centers Indigenous thinking and perspectives through reading and discussion. Each quarter, we will examine 3 writings that will help us build and expand a shared understanding of Indigeneity. Join us as we engage in collective reflection and meaning-making in order to find  our places in decolonial movements. 

Fall 2020 Discussion Dates:

  • Monday, October 5, 4:30 - 6:00 PM (Central Time)
  • Monday, October 26, 4:30 - 6:00 PM (Central Time)
  • Monday, November 16, 4:30 - 6:00 PM (Central Time)

Learn more and sign up at Contact Christine Munteanu ( or Aaron Golding ( for more information.

Queer Leadership Coffee Hour

Join us for a monthly hour-long of conversation with elders, alumni, and community members as we personal honor oral histories and the unique ways queerness informed their leadership and how their concepts of leadership informed their queerness.

Fall Speakers

October: Vincent McCoy

  • Join MSA's QTEM and Rain Alliances Rainbow week as we welcome the first Black President of the Gay Liberation Front at Nothwestern for a conversation about queer life and queer leadership at NU in the 70's. 
  • Details: Tuesday October 6th at 6pm
  • Zoom Link: Coming Soon
November:  Coming Soon
  • Details: Coming Soon
  • Zoom Link: Coming Soon