The 7-College Asian American Advisory Board, known as “AdBoard,” aims to foster a strong Asian Pacific Islander Desi American community at The Claremont Colleges by creating opportunities for interaction and identity building among Asian American, Pacific Island and Desi American/South Asian students. These goals – identity building and the creation of 7C community ties – are at the heart of AdBoard’s mission. The Board offers programs and provides complementary support to the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American student groups and resources. These groups and resources include: Pomona College’s Asian American Mentor Program (AAMP) and Asian American Resource Center (AARC), Scripps College’s Asian American Sponsor Program (AASP), Asian American Student Union (AASU), and SCORE, Pitzer’s Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC) and Center for Asian Pacific Americans (CAPAS), Claremont McKenna College’s Asian Pacific American Mentor Program (APAM), and Harvey Mudd College’s Asian Pacific Islander Sponsor Program (API-SPAM), Empowering Pacific Islander American Communities (EPIAC), and Office of Institutional Development (OID), and the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies (IDAAS).
AdBoard is committed to addressing the needs of and to providing resources for all members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
After many years of student activism calling for a resource for Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) students at The Claremont Colleges, on June 2, 2003 the Council of the Presidents voted to establish an Advisory Board for five-college APIDA student programming to serve the undergraduate institutions. This decision was based on an extensive Student Affairs Committee (SAC) study of needs identified by the Asian American Student Alliance (AASA), a student group seeking the establishment of a five-college Asian American Student Center. This outcome was a cross-campus collaborative effort by the student deans, students, and the Student Affairs Committee.
Since the fall of 2003, AdBoard started programming to support developing a 5-C APIDA community. Administrative duties rotated annually among the five undergraduate colleges, creating discontinuity in procedures and lapses in institutional memory. In the academic year of 2012-2013, AdBoard gained a Program Coordinator position and received additional support from the two graduate institutions, Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute, extending AdBoard’s potential support across the 7Cs. The Program Coordinator is anchored at Pomona College’s Asian American Resource Center and supports bookkeeping, programming, and student development. AdBoard meets weekly and consists of two student representatives and a staff representative from each college.
First-Year Retreat: AdBoard funds and supports the coordination of each colleges’ mentor/sponsor programs’ first-year retreats. The retreats help to build community at each respective campus, and thus helps to achieve AdBoard’s goal of building community amongst the first-year APIDA students across The Claremont Colleges.
First-Year Follow-up Event: In an effort to build cross-campus community, this program occurs during the fall semester of each year and brings all 5C APIDA sponsor/mentor programs together after their first-year retreats. This event allows first years to hear and share experiences with one another and see the much larger APIDA community at The Claremont Colleges.
Socials & Mixers: These socials and mixers are spread throughout the year to bring together students from across the campuses to build community. These events are open to all students.
Highlights Series: Through our social media we highlight the amazing work and contributions of our APIDA staff, faculty, and students. This is a way to share stories and show the diversity of our APIDA community. Highlights are done by a nomination process and anyone is welcome to participate.
APIDA Heritage Month: Nationally, Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month is held in the month of May, but due to the academic year, AdBoard celebrates it in April.
Co-sponsorships: AdBoard allocates + $1,000.00 to support student programming that is in line with the mission in fostering the APIDA community across the colleges.
Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Graduation: Established in 2010, the graduation ceremony was created for students of APIDA heritage across The Claremont Colleges. This event is open to all undergraduates and graduates. Families and friends are welcome to celebrate the accomplishments of our APIDA graduates.