Upcoming Pan Asian Council Meeting

May Open Business Meeting

Friday, May 21, 2:00pm - 3:00pm CT

Meeting Agenda: 

  • Welcome
  • Icebreaker 
  • Year in review 
  • PAC structure & visioning (see here for research & proposals)
  • Gratitude 
  • Next step & closing 


Zoom link: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/98436231577?pwd=TEc3ME1MR3BhS3lHQ0xYZVlScVZlQT09

Meeting ID: 984 3623 1577

Passcode: 711423

Upcoming Events

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

While Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated nationally in May, at the University of Iowa, this month is celebrated in April. Please visit the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center's website or social media (Instagram: @uiowaapacc; Facebook: @uiapacc) for information about programs & events. 

The theme for this year's celebration month is Initiating Introspective: An Exploration of the Asian American Pacific Islander Identity. Please visit https://multicultural.uiowa.edu/celebrations/apida-heritage-month/ to see all the amazing programs that are offered this year! 

Celebrating Asian Heritage Month

In collaboration with Office of Strategic Communication & Asian Pacific American Cultural Center (APACC)

In this video honoring Asian Pacific Heritage Month, University of Iowa students, faculty, and staff talk about what their heritage means to them and how they've found community on our campus.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Events hosted by Iowa City Area Chinese Association (ICACA). 

Starting May 1, the Iowa City Area Chinese Association will host a series of events celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. See more details on their website

Also see petition started by ICACA on getting Lunar New Year recognized in Iowa City School District here

Dance Party for AAPI Day Against Bullying

Saturday, May 15th, 4pm-5pm CT

125 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA (Fountain Area in front of the Graduate Hotel next to the Bread Garden)

Join us for Tibetan Circle Dance. Simple but vibrant moves. An Initiative of Iowa City Chinese Association (ICACA) for AAPI against bullying. *Wear mask, keep social distance. See here for event flyer

Tamasha: South Asians Swap Talk

By Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity

Asian & Pacific American Heritage Month Candid Conversation Series

Friday, May 14th, 2021

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Journalist Rekha Basu and Monsoon advocate Lata D'Mello discuss culture, identity, displacement and social justice. See event flyer here

Register in advance for this meeting: https://bit.ly/2Roc1Ux. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. For more information, contact mira@monsooniowa.org. 

Diasporic Lives

By Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity

Asian & Pacific American Heritage Month Candid Conversation Series

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

2:00pm-3:30pm CT

Professor Noreen Naseem Rodriguez and Monsoon advocate Hieu Pham talk about bi/multiculturalism and raising the next generation of Asian Americans. See event flyer here

Register in advance for this meeting: https://bit.ly/3g6jdP6. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. For more information, contact mira@monsooniowa.org. 

Sexual Violence in Asian American LGBTQ+ Communities

By Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity

Saturday, May 22, 2021

11:00am - 1:00pm

This webinar, led by Monsoon campus advocates and victim services specialist Kimmie Andresen-Reed, will be followed by a safe and open discussion. All college students are invited. See event flyer here

The Media ft. Asian Women: A History of Sexual Violence

By Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity

Monday, May 24, 2021

5:00pm-7:00pm CT

Monsoon's campus advocates explore western public representations, exoticization, and sexual violence of Asian women in film. See event flyer here

Register to join: https://bit.ly/3DALPEZ

For more information, contact Demi Oo at demi@monsooniowa.org. For interpretation services, contact Rose Annie Gonzales at Roseannie@monsooniowa.org. 

Pan Asian Council Past Meetings and Events

Flyer with maroon flowers at the top and text of the event below. Event information also on website.



February Social (February 13, 2020 | 4pm-6pm)

Join us at the inaugural PAC Social! We will have a chance to connect, share stories, and eat food. Light refreshments provided.

University Capitol Centre, Room 2520D (in the Conference Suite)

201 S. Clinton Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240


AAPI Support Space

Wednesday, March 17th, 7:30pm CT | Zoom Link:  https://tinyurl.com/aapisupport


Dear students, colleagues, allies, and friends –

Yesterday’s attacks in Atlanta that claimed the lives of 8 people, 6 of whom were Asian women, has sent shockwaves through our AAPI communities. We also recognize that the day before, on Tuesday, 33 Vietnamese refugees were deported from Texas to Vietnam despite many organizers attempting to stop this event. The numerous incidents of harm and violence this week are just the latest in the surge of hate crimes that have left many of us are hurting, afraid, and angry. And yet many more of us are seeking strength and solidarity in our community. We are here for you. You are not alone.

Please join us this evening to come together in community and unity -- to process, support, and uplift one another. Facilitators will be present to hold safe space and guide us in processing.

For AAPI Support Resources: https://pac.org.uiowa.edu/aapi-support-resources
Black text "Asian American Pacific Islander Open Community Support Space" Graphic

Public Meetings

2020 March Council Meeting

Friday, March 27, 3:00pm-4:00pm, University Capitol Centre, Room 2766 (in UCC 2750 Suite)

2020 May Council Meeting

Thursday, May 14, 3:30pm-4:15pm, Zoom

2021 March Council Meeting

Monday, March 8, 1:30pm-2:30pm CT, Zoom 

Pan Asian Council Sponsored Events

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning Reading Roundtables & Keynote

Poet, writer, professor, and Iowa Writer's Workshop alumna Cathy Park Hong will engage in a moderated conversation with members of the University of Iowa focused on her book, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (2020).  

This event will follow a series of reading roundtables and will be the keynote address for this year's UI Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration. A Q&A will follow for the audience to engage with Cathy Park Hong. 

Pan Asian Council Roundtable

Thursday, March 25, 12-1 p.m. CST


UI Libraries Roundtable

Thursday, April 8, 12:30-1:30 p.m. CST


See here for flyer for the roundtables. 


Keynote Speaker: Cathy Park Hong

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

5:00-5:20 p.m. CST  - VIP Zoom Meet and Greet 

5:30-6:30 p.m. CST - 45-min moderated conversation, followed by 15-min Q&A 

See here for the flyer for the keynote. 


For more information, please visit APACC's website: https://multicultural.uiowa.edu/culturalcenters/apacc/, or follow APACC on Facebook (@UIAPACC) or Instagram (@uiowaapacc). 


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Prisma Ruacho in advance at or prisma-ruacho@uiowa.edu

Community Space for Asian Healing

Thursday, April 22

5:00-6:30 pm PT | 7:00-8:30 pm CT | 8:00-9:30 pm ET

Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/2kd3s38u

Questions? Contact s.spaceaapi@gmail.com

We invite all members of Asian American Pacific Islander communities, including AAPI allies and friends, to gather together for support, community, and healing on Thursday, 4/22. Facilitators from the U.S. and Canada will hold safe space to process the rampant increase of anti-Asian hate and bias in recent weeks and months. Please share widely!

In Solidarity With Asians And Pacific Islanders In America

April 28, 2021 | 6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. CST

Presented by International Programs, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, College of Dentistry: International Affairs and Programs Committee, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, the Office for DEI, and Tippie College of Business


Hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are on the rise. Current reports of harassment and challenges experienced by AAPI individuals across the country reflect a historical legacy of anti-Asian sentiments that impacts us today. What resources are available to address anti-AAPI biases and violence? What can we do to support AAPI communities? 
Recording of the webinar is posted here.  

Past Partner Events

Asian and AAPI Support Space

Friday, March 19, 2021

Rotating Drop-In Space 1-5pm, Iowa Theater 166 IMU

In-person community time to gather and process. Max 18 people in space on first-come basis.

Vigil for the Asian Lives Lost

Sunday, March 21, Pentacrest, East

4:00-5:30PM, 21 N. Clinton St, 

Thank you to four student leaders, Kayla, Demi, Nikki, and Hoang who organized this vigil! 

Rally for Solidarity against Hate and Violence: #Stop Asian Hate

Sunday, March 28, 4:00-5:30pm 

Located at the Ped Mall Fountain Area: Corner of S. Dubuque St. & E. College St.


Candlelight Vigil 

March 31, 2021, 12:10pm - 12:40pm, DSB East Lawn


Gamer Roundtable: Sexual Violence in Gaming Communities

Hosted by Monsoon Asians & Pacific-Islanders In Solidarity Campus Advocacy Program

Wednesday, April 28th, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Sex Jeopardy

Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders In Solidary Campus Advocacy Program

Friday, April 30, 2021, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

From Broader AAPI Community

Film title: Fighting For Family

Event: Virtual film screening followed by Q&A panel

Film website: http://fightingforfamilyfilm.com/