Fall 2024 Events

The Asian American & Asian Resource and Cultural Center (AAARCC) offers a wide range of diverse programming throughout the academic year. Our signature programs include the Speaker Series, Lunch & Learn Series, Student Leadership Summit, and Cultural Celebrations.

We welcome the campus and public community to attend all of our events which are free of charge. These gatherings provide valuable opportunities for individuals from all backgrounds to engage in meaningful dialogue and build connections within our vibrant community.

Furthermore, we welcome collaboration and co-sponsorship opportunities with other campus units. If your department or organization is interested in partnering with AAARCC for an event or activity, please feel free to reach out to us via email. We believe that by working together, we can create even more enriching experiences and make a broader impact on campus life.

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to welcoming you to our upcoming events at AAARCC.

Wednesday, August 21, 2024 - Express Fest
Location: Cultural Center Lawn at 915 5th Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906
Time: 3 - 5 PM ET.

Express Fest is the LCC's, AAARCC's , and NAECC's  annual resource and welcome fair. It bridges students, faculty and staff to the resources available at Purdue University and the Cultural Centers. Departments, academic units and community organizations are invited to participate in the fair. Express Fest occurs on the first Wednesday of the Fall semester. All are welcome!

September 5, 2024 - Governing with fake data? Statistical misreporting in an autocracy

  • Location: Purdue AAARCC (915 5th Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906)
  • Speaker: Dr. Minh Trinh
  • Co-Sponsored by: Department of Political Science
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September 12, 2024 - Enjoy Lunch & Tour of the Purdue Student Farms - If you require transportation, we will be departing from the AAARCC at 11:45 AM

  • Location: Purdue Student Farm (1419 Cherry Lane, West Lafayette, IN 47906
  • Co-Sponsored by: Purdue Student Farm
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September 19, 2024 - Ladies in the Sky: Japan's First Women Aviators

  • Location: Purdue AAARCC (915 5 th Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906)
  • Speaker:  Dr. Subodhana (Subo) Wijeyeratne
  • Co-Sponsored by: Purdue University Department of History
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October 3, 2024 - Finding a Future that Fits

  • Location: Purdue AAARCC (915 5th Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906)
  • Speaker: Linda Gregory
  • Co-Sponsored by: Exploratory Studies
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October 10, 2024 - Emerging Leaders and REAL Scholars Panel

  • Location: Purdue AAARCC (915 5th Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906)
  • Time: Noon - 1 PM
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October 17, 2024 - Digital Color: Intersection of Art and Science in Color Designs and Expressions

  • Location: Purdue AAARCC (915 5th Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906)
  • Speaker: Dr. Petronio A. Bendito, Associate Professor, Visual and Performing Arts The Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design,Art, and Performance
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October 24, 2024 - Emergence of Spatio-Visual Reasoning in Informal STEM

  • Location: Purdue AAARCC (915 5th Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906)
  • Speaker: Maria Eloisa (Lisa) Nuguid, PhD Student
    Paper Co-Authored with: Dr. Sue Ellen Richardson, Dr. Signe Kastberg, Dr. Laura Bofferding, and Dr. Breanya Hogue
  • Co-Sponsored by: College of Education Diversity and Global Engagement
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October 31, 2024 - Job Negotiations

  • Location: Purdue AAARCC (915 5 th Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906)
  • Speaker: Stephen Roach
  • Co-Sponsored by: Purdue Center for Career Opportunities
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2024 Purdue AAARCC & ACE Food Pantry Pop-Up Bread table

Location: AAARCC (915 5th Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906)
Free bread and pastries offered on a first come, first served basis on Mondays from 11 AM while supplies last.
Announcements will be made on @purdueaaarcc social me.

Monday, November 25, 2024 | RSVP Required - NAECC & AAARCC Fall 2024 Friendsgiving Lunch

Time: 12 - 1 PM
Location: AAARCC (915 5th Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906)
Join us as we celebrate friendship and community with one another at the annual Friendsgiving Lunch. Attendance with RSVP only - limited to the first 50 responses.
Please sign up here.

Co-Sponsored by: Purdue AAARCC & NAECC

Partnership of Purdue University, IU Bloomington, and IU Indianapolis

  • Meet at Purdue AAARCC on Friday, September 13, 2024 at 1:00 pm to depart to Bradford Woods
  • We will return to Purdue AAARCC on Saturday, September 14, 2024 in the evening

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What is Retracing Our Roots Retreat?

Retracing Our Roots Retreat started as a student-led initiative at Indiana University Bloomington in 2010. Since 2019, the initiative has evolved to be a collaborative retreat by Purdue University Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center (AAARCC) Indiana University Bloomington Asian Culture Center (ACC), and IUPUI (now Indiana University Indianapolis) Multicultural Center/APIDA Student Service. The retreat is an overnight event where students from the three campuses get the opportunity to think about issues related to Asian and Asian American identities and lived experiences through workshops, discussions, and networking opportunities. Facilitators and guest speakers for this retreat are faculty, staff, and students from these three universities.

What activities and themes will take place at the retreat?

The retreat in general covers themes related to Asian/American history and lived experiences. The workshops will discuss larger and more specific histories of Asian America, intersections of Asian/American identities (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, nationality, immigration, gender, sexuality, age, religion, (dis)ability, and transnational connections). The retreat will also discuss current issues affecting the Asian Pacific American communities. There will be opportunities to get to know each other and explore further connections internally within participants from each campus, and externally with others from the three campuses. The retreat will also discuss ways to further apply discussion themes in each campus and collectively. 

What is the cost of attending this retreat?

Purdue AAARCC is committed to cover accommodation, travel costs, and meals for all participants from Purdue University.

Your registration serves as a commitment and understanding that you are registering for an event that involves a budget responsibility for the AAARCC (if you cancel your commitment, the AAARCC will still need to pay for your place). With our limited budget, please be extra mindful and only register when you are completely sure that you can commit to the entirety of this event.

Your registration also serves as a commitment and understanding that you are registering for an event that will require an openness to learning about yourself, others, and learning about broader history and lived experiences related to Asian and Asian American communities. Due to space limitation, registration will be closed on August 30, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Scholarships, Awards, and Prizes must be considered educational resources for the student per federal regulations. Therefore, any funds awarded to the student are reported to the Division of Financial Aid and considered a part of a student’s total aid package. Please note, students may not receive gift aid exceeding the total cost of attendance.

How do I register for the retreat?

To be announced.

Wednesday, August 28, 2024 - Book Talk- Global Anti-Asian Racism (Columbia University Press, 2024)

  • Time: 4 - 5 PM ET
  • Location: Purdue AAARCC (915 5th Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906) & Zoom
  • Zoom:  - https://bit.ly/AugustBookTalk
  • Discussion: "Racialization from Home: China's Response to the Anti-Chinese Movement in Mexico, 1928-1937)"
  • Speaker: Xuening Kong, Ph.D. Candidate, History, Purdue University | Part-time Lecturer, History, Franklin College, IN

Thursday, November 7, 2024 - Book Talk- Lau v. Nichols and Chinese American Language Rights: The Sunrise and Sunset of Bilingual Education  (Multilingual Matters, 2024)

  • Time: 12 - 1 PM ET
  • Location: Purdue AAARCC (915 5th Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906) & Zoom
  • Zoom: https://bit.ly/Nov7AAARCCBookTalk
  • Speaker: Dr. Trish Morita-Mullaney Associate Professor, Literacy & Language, College of Education at Purdue University
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Tiffany Botsford-Samuels Assistant Director Center for Advocacy, Response, & Education (CARE) I have worked at Purdue since 2022. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Indiana and I practiced mental health therapy before coming to Purdue. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology from Indiana University-Kokomo and my master's degree in Clinical and Community Mental Health from Western Illinois University. I am a proud daughter, sister, wife, and cat-mom. I love reading, crafting, and making people laugh.

Join the AAARCC & CARE monthly from 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET for an opportunity to take part in different activities and conversations about relationships:

  • September 18th: Movie screening and aloe planting
  • October 16th: Fall art
  • November 20th: Jewelry art and button making 
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Shihling Chui-Dwyer

Career Services Student and Consultant / International Student Specialist

Drop in Hours for CCO Advising

  • August 28
  • September 11
  • September 25
  • October 9
  • October 23
  • November 13

Stop by to have your resume and/or your cover letter looked over.Other servicessuch as help preparing for interviewsis also provided.

GosneyCristy Gosney, MFA

Senior Pre-Professional Advisor

Office Hoursf or Pre-Professional Students

  • September 11
  • October 9
  • November 13

Stop by for assistance as you preparefor furthering educationand careersin healthcare and law.

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Stop by the AAARCC (915 5th Street) on Wednesdays from 12 - 1PM to meet and chat with the AAARCC's CAPS Liaisons.


915 5th Street (corner 5th/Waldron)
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Email: aaarcc@purdue.edu 
Phone: 765-496-0488  
Fax: 765-494-1225

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