UCSD API Alumni Council

The official page for community members and friends of Asian American and Pacific Islander (

Our Mission Statement:
The ongoing mission of the Council is to positively influence, unite, advocate, and promote the UC San Diego API community of alumni, students, staff and faculty. We function to foster and bind the community, in which the Council may provide the UC San Diego API Alumni network meaningful opportunities and resources for: professional and personal support, engagement, representation and mentorship.

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Iconic 2023: California Dreamin’ 06/09/2023

There is an awesome free music event tomorrow, Friday night! Hosted by the UCSD Musicians' Club and emceed by our very own Qui-Shawn Tran!! Come out and enjoy great music and support our fellow Tritons at the Iconic 2023: California Dreamin'

Email [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to coordinate! RSVP at the link below

Iconic 2023: California Dreamin’ ICONIC is the Musicians’ Club’s annual, FREE-to-attend cover concert! This year’s theme is California Dreamin’. We hope to see you there!


Happy API Heritage Month! The API Alumni Council gave away our 2nd annual scholarship award to Vicky Chen'24! We are so grateful to all who helped raise funds, but we want to be able to award more students! We are far away from our goal of $50,000 for our endowment and every dollar counts. All your donations are also matched by the Chancellor for a limited time!! For more information check out the links below!

Matching opportunity/news

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Timeline photos 03/22/2023

News: UC San Diego is getting an Alumni Center! 🙌

Two transformative campus projects got the green light last week to move forward. The University of California Board of Regents approved two key campus projects: Triton Center, a new integrated central hub for student support, and Ridge Walk North Living and Learning Neighborhood, which will provide instructional space and apartment-style undergraduate student housing. Construction on both projects is anticipated to start this summer.

Triton Center will also include an Alumni and Welcome Center, serving as a home away from home for our alumni as well as an engaging campus gateway for students, faculty, staff and visitors alike. A multi-purpose building with a 500-person event space and art gallery will provide space for celebration and connection. The project also includes public realm improvements and accessible parking.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3LEKUhK

Image Credit: LMN Architects

Photos from Kent Lee's post 10/26/2022
Photos from Claremont Graduate University School of Arts and Humanities's post 07/23/2022

𝐉𝐂𝐈 𝐌𝐏𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫: 𝐉𝐂𝐈 𝐌𝐚𝐤𝐚𝐭𝐢 𝐏𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐔𝐩 𝐃𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧

Join us, as we celebrate the Pride Month to Power UP Diversity and Inclusion. Don't miss out the chance to learn from our well sought Speakers and PRIDE Advocates on 𝐔𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐁𝐢𝐚𝐬 and 𝐒𝐎𝐆𝐈𝐄 𝟏𝟎𝟏. Pre-register now and we'll see you all tomorrow night at 8:00 PM.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Photos from UC San Diego's post 06/18/2022
Photos from Kent Lee's post 06/09/2022

GOOD NEWS our friend and former chair of APIAC is advancing to November! Kent Lee is running for San Diego D6 councilmember and we cannot be more thrilled!
Follow his race and support if you can 💙💛
Tritons rock!!


Hey everyone!! We gave away our FIRST scholarship award to Minh Kim Danh last Friday! We are so grateful to all who helped raise funds, but we want to be able to award more students! We are far away from our goal of $50,000 for our endowment and every dollar counts. We hope you jump into the UC San Diego U.Care fun by giving to our scholarship.

About our scholar:
Minh Kim Danh is an amazing freshman from Linda Vista who came in with sophomore standing. She is highly involved in many Hispanic and API student organizations on campus and will look to give back to her community by majoring in public health.

Kent Lee Mimie Ratt Carl Tsang

Alumni Roundtable: Social Justice in Art 04/14/2022

Alumni Roundtable: Social Justice in Art The UCSD Cross-Cultural Center presents Alumni Table Talks: Social Justice in Art, a program where a panel of alumni with careers in the Art industry share t...


Thanks to the amazing API Alumni Council Philanthropy Committee, we established our first scholarship this year! Please forward this opportunity.
UC San Diego API Alumni Council is committed to awarding a $1000 scholarship to a first-gen undergraduate! Scholars need to apply by Monday, April 18th at 8pm. Applications are open to all undergraduate Tritons.

The ongoing mission of the Asian and Pacific Islander Alumni Council is to positively influence, unite, advocate, and promote the UC San Diego API community of alumni, students, staff and faculty. We function to foster and bind the community, in which the Council may provide the UC San Diego API Alumni network meaningful opportunities and resources for: professional and personal support, engagement, representation, and mentorship.
Link: https://bit.ly/apiac-award

Timeline photos 11/09/2021

“Bitter melon soup. I’d bite my tongue, pain blooming against my teeth to distract from the taste. It reminds me of home, and how far I’ve traveled from it. For years, I thought if I pretended hard enough I’d grow to embrace it. What developed was an acquired taste for endurance, not actual enjoyment.

That’s also how I developed a taste for college. I struggled to feel proud to be the first in my family to attend college. A steely, non-negotiable determination to evolve myself propelled me through high school, never allowing me to doubt a college acceptance. I trudged through FAFSA’s bewildering instructions, applied to endless fee waivers and scholarships, and navigated the process of funding my education alone. Only when I look back do I understand how much I carried on my shoulders.

I can’t fathom the fact that some of my friends would casually mention that their parents paid their tuition; my rent is only affordable with 3 jobs and financial aid. Despite multiple sources of income, I’m still forced to depend on Calfresh for food and living needs. When I first came to UCSD, sharing this information was the last thing on my mind. Yet in college, no one cares what bitter roots you came from. You can reinvent yourself. The tradeoff? You’ll hide the parts that created the person you are now: you’ll become your own mask. I mask my past too easily, but I still carry these invisible truths every day. For first-gen students, the accomplishment of attending college comes at a loss knowing what bitterness they braved through to achieve greatness. There’s still heaviness in my words when I omit certain truths of the hardships that preceded my sunny San Diego days: I fear my struggles will be scrutinized before my carefully cultivated image is shown.

4 years later, it’s still hard to take pride in how much I’ve endured. But pride has been hard-won by my fellow first-gen peers and me; we deserve it. We earned our right to be content with where we are and where we’re headed.

I bite my tongue hard-- I taste blood. I taste home. And it is bittersweet.”

-Nina Ho (they/them) () ‘22 B.A. International Business, Warren College

DRIVE MY CAR 10/30/2021

Happy Friday everyone.

Pacific Arts Movement is hosting their 22nd annual San Diego Asian Film Festival this year! And certainly UCSD API Alumni Council will be supporting by attending the Closing Night film and reception on November 5th, 2021; 7 pm at the Angelika Film Center & Café. For more information visit the website.


First 4 UCSD Alumni to send a DM will get a ticket to join us!

Stay safe and have a great weekend!

DRIVE MY CAR Yusuke lives life the way he directs his plays: with precision and purpose. Perhaps it’s a reaction to death in his family. Perhaps it’s his way of maintaining control. So when the producers of his latest show require that a stranger be his chauffeur during rehearsals, he only cautiously relents...

Creative Leaders Fellowship — Pacific Arts Movement 08/02/2021

Creative Leaders Fellowship — Pacific Arts Movement The Pacific Arts Movement Creative Leaders Fellowship program will be offered twice during the calendar year to coincide with both major festival events (San Diego Asian Film Festival in November and Spring Showcase in April). The Fellowship emphasizes high-level professional development objectives....


Five years ago today, our office started! APIMEDA Programs and Services is 5!

We look forward to celebrating this milestone with everyone this fall!

Mu and the Vanishing World | WFFSD Film Series 06/09/2021

UC San Diego Alumni is proud to share a special virtual screening opportunity of the powerful film, WFFSD Film Series: Mu and the Vanishing World from June 1-15, co-directed and produced by alumna ** Jessica Leung '93 **

Mu and the Vanishing World is an epic documentary following the incredible 10-year journey of a young woman named Mu, from her tribe in Myanmar through refugee camps in Thailand to becoming an American citizen.
This story is especially timely to counter the rise of anti-Asian hate. Mu and the Vanishing World reminds us of the strength and courage of immigrants, and helps us to reimagine the American refugee experience.
Discount code: TRITONS15 for 15% off your ticket.
All ticket holders will have access to Q&A with director Jessica Leung and film subject Mu, on Thursday, June 10 at 7PM.

For more information on the Women's Museum of California's film series, go to: https://www.womensfilmfestivalsandiego.com/filmseries

Mu and the Vanishing World | WFFSD Film Series As Mu strives to give her son a better future, she struggles to find out where her true identity lies

Photos from UCSD Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Desi American Programs's post 05/14/2021

JOIN US! 15th Anniversary Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration and Scholarship Awards is happening TOMORROW!
THU, MAY 6, 2021 12p-1:30p PST
REGISTER tinyurl.com/APIAHC-REG2021


As part of our programming for the Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration (APIAHC), UCSD Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Desi American Programs is hosting a presentation called “Understanding the Context for Asian Americans in Higher Education.” This workshop will provide a brief history and definition of the term “Asian American”, and provide some historical contexts that effect the ways that Asian American people engage in institutions of higher education in America.

Please feel free to share the attached flyer, and register at https://tinyurl.com/AsAmContext.

Timeline photos 04/29/2021

This week, Changemaker Institute would like to highlight Diana Trinh, tansfer student graduating this Spring! 🎉

Diana has been involved in Triton LinkedIn Group and Women in Business in executive roles aiming to provide students with as much knowledge, resources, and feelings of inclusivity.

At Triton LinkedIn Group, her and her colleague created a professional development program in order to help dedicated students gain the skills, experience, and connections to succeed in their professional endeavors. Additionally, she'd like to make TLG a welcoming club for students to feel like they are part of a community that can help one another. Hence she created TLG's Discord server and hosted all of their social events. She enjoys helping others succeed, and would love to have new members join so she can help more people! 💙

Similarly, in WIB, she shares as much insight based on her experience and knowledge during the workshops and office hours she co-hosts. She plans and coordinates the various marketing content for the purpose of maintaining inclusivity. She thought of highlighting WIB's members while at the same time allowing them to get to know each-other. 💖

Through these organizations, Diana was able to experiment and gain valuable experiences that she'll carry with her when she works at in the Human Resources department of a company. That way, she can continue to help others succeed in their careers while making it an inclusive, fun, and rewarding experience.

Together, we can make the change. 🌎


Join us for an event featuring UCSD Ethnic Studies Alumni, Professors Ma Vang and Long Bui! They will be in conversation with J.A. Ruanto-Ramirez discussing "Memory and Refuge(eness): On Southeast Asian Identities and War" on Wednesday, May 19, 11 AM! Register here to attend: http://tinyurl.com/ucsdcrs0519

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Our Story

UC San Diego has grown into a university with one of the largest Asian Pacific-Islander (API) student populations in the country. As one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the country, we find it imperative to organize our collective voice within our university community and engage with every level of the alumni organization.

The API Alumni Council hopes to support outstanding API students and recognize the achievements of exemplary API alumni. Our organization connects API Tritons together. We ask all API Tritons to join our organization and collaborate with us to build the future.




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