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Pacific Islander, Asian & Asian American Student Center

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Our Mission

The Pacific Islander, Asian and Asian American (PIAAA) Student Center at ֱState University offers an engaging and accepting space to address the diverse and changing needs of our Asian and Pacific Islander student communities. PIAAA strengthens the identity of API students through accessible programming, inter-cultural community building, and social justice education. All students are welcome. 

Our Story

In December 2015, PSU students gathered to voice their concerns over campus climate and demand more resources for students of color. These demands included the creation of a student center for the Asian and Pacific Islander community. Soon after, President Wim Wiewel announced to campus the opening of two new cultural resource centers. After months of planning, the Pacific Islander, Asian, and Asian American Student Center and Pan-African Commons opened in fall of 2016.

For more information on the process the Cultural Resource Centers have implemented in opening the new student centers please go to Gathering Space: Building Community.

COLLABORATIONS

We seek to collaborate with students, community partners, university units, and student organizations. Collaborative events include the use of Cultural Resource Centers staff time, resources, and systems beyond our physical spaces. Submit a request to Whitney Murphy, Pacific Islander, Asian, and Asian American Student Center Program Coordinator at wm7@pdx.edu or call 503-725-9390.

OUR COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT

  • PSU students are at the center of our work
  • Community growth depends on the inclusion of every individual voice
  • We respect others and ourselves
  • Our goal is not to agree, but rather, to gain deeper understanding
  • No alcohol or drugs on the premises or in the body
  • We do not tolerate hate speech, derogatory language/actions, or oppressive language/actions
  • We reserve the right to refuse service if the collective agreement is not met or upheld
  • Our student center is vibrant, lively and not a noise controlled space

Contact Us

piaaa@pdx.edu | (503) 725-9391

Pacific Islander, Asian & Asian American Student Center Program Coordinator: Whitney Murphy, wm7@pdx.edu, (503) 725-9390, (In-person: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday)

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Help fund our programs, services, and outreach.

Accessibility Accommodations

There are two accessible entrances to the Smith Memorial Student Union - on the North and East sides of the building. Please see the SMSU floor plan for more information.

We do our best to create events with accessibility in mind. However, if you feel you may need additional accessibility or support in order to fully enjoy any of our programs, please let us know! You may also contact the Disability Resource Center. While Service Animals are always welcome, the Cultural Resource Centers does not allow pets in our spaces.