The Asian American Resource Center (AARC), established in 1991, helps Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) students develop intellectually, socially, personally, academically and politically. Central to all programs, projects, and events is the value of developing leadership skills among APIDA students. Working in conjunction with the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies (IDAAS), the AARC creates opportunities to raise awareness of issues affecting APIDA community. The AARC works in collaboration with other ethnic groups, academic department and campus offices to sponsor a wide range of educational endeavors. By fostering awareness of APIDA issues at Pomona College, the AARC helps strengthen The Claremont Colleges and the greater community.