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APIDA 101 is an MSA program for undergraduate students 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, 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 2021

  • Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
  • October 14 - November 18 (6-week series)
  • Parkes 120
  • COVID-19 Precautions
    • We will be meeting in-person for fall quarter.
    • Masks are required.
    • Individual meals will be provided during the session, and participants may remove their masks to eat during the session.
    • A virtual option will be offered in Winter 2022.
  • Sign up by 10/8 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. 

Fall 2021

  • Session 1
    • Friday, October 8
    • 2 - 3:30 PM
    • More info coming soon!
  • Session 2
    • Monday, October 18
    • 2 - 3:30 PM
    • More info coming soon!
  • Session 3
    • Friday, November 5
    • 2 - 3:30 PM
    • More info coming soon!

Spring 2021

  • Session 1: Unpacking Assimilation
    Join us as we unpack experiences of assimilation within APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) communities. How has it shown itself in your community? Join us as we confront this question and its implications upon the collective APIDA experience.
  • Session 2: Language
    Join Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) for APIDA Solidari-Tea as we dive into the unique nuances and implications of language in the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American community. How does language shape identity and community? How does language transform when we navigate certain spaces? 
  • Session 3: Climate Crisis in the Maldives with Nayifa Nihad 
    Join MSA as we host Nayifa Nihad, a Maldivian environmental activist and founder of Eco-Baddies, an online platform to connect eco-activists and recenter frontline communities in fighting climate injustice. A South Asian island nation situated in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives have been experiencing the severe and immediate impacts of climate change, from rising sea levels to warmer water temperatures causing coral bleaching, that are threatening the livelihood and futures of Maldivians. Nayifa will lead us in a conversation on the climate crisis in the Maldives and the importance of intersectional environmentalism in our fight against climate change. 
  • Session 4: 
    • Thursday, June 3
    • Time TBD
    • Zoom registration link coming soon!

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.

Spring 2021

April Event: Leadership and Career Trajectories 

  • Wednesday April 14th 6pm CDT
  • Guests: Len Iaquinta BSJ, Medill ‘66, and Tyler Hough Tyler Hough MS, SESP '19
  • Registration Link

May Event: Conversation with Isabel Sandoval

Fall 2021

November Event: THIRZA CUTHAND: NDN SURVIVAL TRILOGY and other work

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.

Queer &

Queer & is a collaboration of Multicultural Student Affairs and Social Justice Education exploring queer solidarity, accountableity, and futures in a journey toward collective liberation. 

Queer &: Envisioning Community-Febuary 24th 2021 6:00pm-7:30pm

Pre-register and sign-up here: