Spring 2021

Yesterday (3/16/2021), in Georgia, an individual was arrested for shootings that took place at three Atlanta-area spas leaving 8 individuals dead, 6 of whom were of Asian descent. While racism and discrimination against individuals of Asian heritage in the United States is not a new occurrence, such incidents have been increasing at an alarming rate (estimated 150% rise in major U.S. cities by March 2021 Report by CSUSB Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism; 3,795 incidents in the last year reported to Stop AAPI Hate). As we navigate these difficult times, the AAARCC would like to share upcoming opportunities that bring awareness to these issues and fosters a community of support to #StopAsianHate. (Please see below or https://linktr.ee/PurdueAAARCC for the links to the events)

AAARCC is offering support through varied programming including:
- March 17, 4-5pm, Student discussion hour co-facilitated by CAPS liaison (Casiana Warfield): A support/process space for students to find validation and community in sharing experiences.
- March 30, Co-Founder of StopAAPI Hate, Dr. Russell Jeung will present: “Christian Nationalism, Anti-Asian Racism, & Asian American Resistance”
- April 9, “Bystander Intervention To Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment” hosted by universities represented within the Great Lakes Asian American Student Services
Whether you are only recently learning/being exposed to anti-Asian bias and hate crimes or if you have been aware of this issue for much longer, you are welcome to these spaces to process the events that have been taking place across the country and around the world.


Spring Semester Recurring Events

I) Lunch and Learn Series

12 - 1 PM ET, Thursdays

January 28, 2020: Solidarity & The Next Four Years of Presidency, presenter: Dr. Patsy Schweickart (Emeriti Faculty)
February 4, 2021: Entrepreneurship as a Potential Career Path, presenter: Dr. Arnold Chen (Managing Director, Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship)
February 11, 2021: Inclusivity in the Arts, presenters: Tetia Lee (Chief Executive Officer, Tippecanoe Arts Federation)
February 18, 2021: Pushing Boundaries on Academia as a Mixed Media EntreScholar, presenter: Ariel Smith (Doctoral Student, Purdue American Studies)
February 25, 2021: From Foundations to Frontiers: Chinese American Contributions to the Fabric of America, presenter: Committee 100.
March 4, 2021: How Central Asian Women in the US worked on Covid Awareness Raising in Central Asia, presenter: Dr. Annagul Yaryyeva (Researcher, Turkmenistan Health Initiative)
March 10, 2021: Burmese Communities in Indianapolis: History, Current Issues (Myanmar Coup), and Future Directions, presenter: Elaisa Vahnie, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Burmese American Community Institute (BACI)
March 11, 2021: Latinx & Asian Communities, presenter: Nusta Carranza Ko (Assistant Professor, University of Baltimore)
April 8, 2021: A Look Back at Our Purdue Experience, presenter: Renz Buenavista & Gwynelle Condino (AAARCC Undergraduate Student Ambassadors)
April 15, 2021: Virtual Identity & Music, presenter: Dr. Christopher Cayari (Assistant Professor, Patty and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance, Purdue University)
April 22, 2021: Multilinguistic Hybridization in BTS Songs, presenter: Dr. Huai-Rhin Kim (Continuing Lecturer, School of Languages and Cultures)

To register for ALL Spring Lunch & Learn events, click here




II) AAARCC Speaker Series


1) AAARCC February Speaker Series

Date and Time: February 22, 2021 at 5:00-7:00 PM ET 

Speaker: Dr. Nitasha Sharma

Presentation Title: Hawai'i is my Haven: Race and Indigeneity in the Black Pacific

Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/y4ep56lp



2) AAARCC March Speaker Series

Date and Time: March 9, 2021 at 7:00-9:00 PM ET

Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Woo, Dr. Reini Wirahadikusumah, Ruby Ibarra

Panel Title: International Women’s Day: A Panel Discussion and Concert

Registration: https://tinyurl.com/y3zrtloa



3) AAARCC Speaker Series and Center on Religion and the Global East

Date and Time: March 30, 2021 at 5:30-6:45 PM ET 

Speaker: Dr. Russell Jeung, Chair and Professor, Department of Asian American Studies, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University

Presentation Title: Christian Nationalism, Anti-Asian Racism, & Asian American Resistance
Registration: click here



4) How Did We Get Here? Teach-In Q&A with Asian American Studies Scholars on Anti-Asian Racism

Date and Time: March 31, 2021 at 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Speakers: Dr. Monica M. Trieu, Rachel Bonini, Melvin Villaver, Dr. Pamela K. Sari

Presentation Title: How Did We Get Here?

Register here



5) AAARCC April Speaker Series and the Honors College Visiting Scholars Program (Opening of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month)

Date and Time: April 1, 2021 at 5:00-6:30 PM ET  (Limited attendance workshop from 7:00-8:15 PM ET)

Speaker: Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye

Presentation Title: Project VOICE Spoken Word Performance
Registration: https://tinyurl.com/yx9jb89c



6) LCC and AAARCC April Speaker Series as Part of Purdue Division of Diversity and Inclusion’s Pursuing Racial Justice Together Series

Date and Time: April 8, 2021, 7:00 PM ET

Speaker: Jose Antonio Vargas

Please check back at purdue.link/vargas



7) Bystander Intervention To Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment

Date and Time: April 9, 2021, 

Presenter: Universities represented within the Great Lakes Asian American Student Services

Whether you are only recently learning/being exposed to anti-Asian bias and hate crimes or if you have been aware of this issue for much longer, you are welcome to these spaces to process the events that have been taking place across the country and around the world.

Intervention Training

Date and Time: Friday, April 16, 2021



III) Reali-Tea Series: Purdue AAARCC and CAPS Spring 2021

Join us for a weekly opportunity to have conversations with AAARCC’s CAPS Liaisons. The weekly student hours will be held at 4:00 PM ET on Wednesdays starting on January 20, 2021. Once a month, our CAPS liaisons will lead a workshop on the following topics:

  • February 24 at 4:00 PM ET with Casiana Warfield on “Coping/Managing Seasonal Depression”
  • March 17 at 4:00 PM ET with Casiana Warfield on “Creating Healthy Habits for Well-Being”
  • April 21 at 4:00 PM ET with Casiana Warfield on “Addressing Anxiety Around Life After Graduation”

Access to weekly student hours:

Restrictions and Guidelines:

Restrictions and Guidelines to Weekly Student Hours:  

1) These meetings will be limited to consultation, meaning our Liaisons will assess what your needs are at present, offer you help in the moment, and potentially connect you to resources that are fitting. These are not therapy hours. 

2) However, our Liaisons may refer students to their caseloads for teletherapy if appropriate.

3) Only students currently in the state of Indiana may use this service due to license restrictions.

4) The state line restriction may be shifting due to the state of emergency situation. We will let students know if/when that changes..




IV) Catch the Career Coach Student Hours and Presentations and Pre-Professional Advising Sessions (Collaborative Programming with Purdue CCO)

Join us for office hours and workshops with CCO and PPA Representatives on Career and Professional Development. Dates and times are listed below.





V) Dear America Notes of an Undocumented Citizen Virtual Book Discussions with Purdue AAARCC Reading Program, Purdue LCC Lit Club, West Lafayette Public Library, and Purdue Immigrant Allies

Register here

  • March 11, 2021 at 5:30-6:30 PM EST - "Lying"
  • March 18, 2021 at 5:30-6:30 PM EST - "Passing"
  • March 25, 2021 at 5:30-6:30 PM EST - "Hiding"



VI) AAARCC & ASUB Asian-Interest Student Organizations Leadership Series

 Join Asian-Interest student organization leaders for time of discussions on leadership and community building. Each series is followed by AAARCC and ASUB meetings.

A) January 27 at 7:00 PM ET: Learn about Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)

Zoom link: https://purdue-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrdOyhqj8sGdKYaFNf41-7ZiTEPR5E_zr9



B) February 23 at 7:00 PM ET: Inclusion of International Students and International Student Organizations: Ivan Henares (Doctoral Student, School of Tourism and Hospitality, Purdue University)

Zoom link: https://purdue-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwuce-qrD0vEt0fCZWFHbY_pvxZkxRFF8-4



C) March 16 at 7:00 PM ET: Multi-Modal Approaches in Cultural Anthropology: Dr. Dada Docot (Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department, Purdue University)

Zoom link: https://purdue-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMpdOCppz8qHtJCthAcVxzvHxnIeqRLxjVw



D) March 30 at 7:00 PM ET - Leadership in Asian Interest Student Organizations and Impacts on the Professional World: Jennifer Chen (Regulatory Pharmaceutical Fellow in Drug Advertising and Promotion, DA OPDP, Eli Lilly, Purdue University)

Zoom link: https://purdue-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwodeuvqzMtH9H-LKVhxuNlSO7_Eo_SyKoI



E) April 20 at 7:00 PM ET: Transitioning from Graduation to the Workplace: Dr. Rose Xu (Senior Career Services Consultant, Purdue CCO)

Zoom link: https://purdue-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArc-CgrD4qH9c4EDBBRqSGNwikFm78Hec2




VII) AAARCC & SAO Virtual Presentation and Office Hours

Join us to learn about best practices and other information related to student organizations’ events and programmings. The office hours and presentations are led by Cassandra Salazar from the Student Activities and Organizations Office (SAO). 

  • Dates: January 25, February 8 & 22, March 8 & 22, April 5 & 19
  • Time: 3:00-4:00 PM ET
  • Program Description: 

Zoom Meeting Link: https://purdue-edu.zoom.us/j/99962704821?pwd=dEtTS1hKVFUxOTl2dGZhZlM2TFVSZz09

Zoom Meeting Link: here.




VIII) Virtual Writing Group for Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students

Join Purdue University faculty, staff, and graduate students for a dedicated time of writing and an encouraging community

  • Led by Dr. Pam Sari & Denny Putra: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 8:00-10:00 PM ET
  • Led by Dr. Dada Docot & Teilhard Paradela: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 6:00-8:00 PM ET (3-5pm PT)
  •  Join at this Discordlink: https://discord.gg/JZcRNwt   
  • Structure (Flexible, join as you can):  5 min Goal Setting, 25 min Writing , Repeat

Spring 2021 Writing Group

Participant Testimonials:

  • Each time I have joined sessions for this writing group, it has helped me be accountable for my research productivity, which is important for my career. These writing sessions increase my writing output and give me a peace of mind because I know that I'm making progress on my writing even among my many commitments.” -@Mel P

  • The writing group has been incredibly helpful to me by creating a writing ritual during a very chaotic time. I actually look forward to getting up early to join the group and get some work done early on so I can feel like I was productive for the rest of the day! -@Jenny

  • This writing group has helped me maintain my focus on my dissertation writing, as I try to balance my different professional commitments. The members of this group are super supportive so it is always a joy to be writing with all of them. — @tye

  • The writing group helps me to show up for my work during this pandemic. -@tricker

  • The writing group has helped keep me accountability to my dissertation writing schedule. It is nice to not write in isolation and with others committed to writing. For example, Last week, I completed the introductory sections of my literature review. This week, I am working on the drafting one of the three main cultural ideologies in my literature review. -@kayla


IX) Golden Hour Purdue AAARCC Conversation Hour

Every Friday 4:30 - 5:30 PM EST

Purdue Korean Undergraduate Student Association and the Korean program at the School of Languages and Cultures in collaboration with Purdue AAARCC are hosting a virtual hour for our Boilermaker community to practice using the Korean language in conversations!

Whether you are a beginner or an expert at speaking Korean, you are welcome to attend the conversation hour.



X) AAARCC and Purdue Libraries Mobile Making Program Diversity and Making: A Podcast & Video Series



XI) AAARCC Makerspace

Additional Information Coming Soon!



XII) AAARCC Media Lab Productions: Travel Asia with Ivan Anthony Santos Henares

Monthly releases from January to April

Description: Collaborating with Ph.D. Candidate in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ivan Anthony Santos Henares, the AAARCC is making a video series of travels to different Asian countries.



Spring 2021 Semester Special Events

I) Movie Screening: Minari

  • Date and Time: February 5, 2021 at 6:00 - 8:30 PM ET
  • Movie Information: A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home. Minari received the Grand Jury Prize and the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
  • Event Registration Link: https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3mlQMyhSyRAsCxv



II) AAARCC Virtual Lunar New Year Gala

  • Date and Time: February 13, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 6:15 PM ET
  • Event Information: Streaming of the 2020 AAARCC’s Virtual Lunar New Year Gala featuring many talented members of the Purdue campus community and a guest performance by actor and singer Cathy Ang. 
  • Event Registration Link:




III) Planting Stories: Cultivating Connections Between Our Histories, the Land & Each Other

  • Date and Time: March 25, 2021 at 3:30-5:00 PM ET
  • Collaboration between AAARCC, NAECC, and ACE Food Pantry
  • As part of the March 25-26 Next Steps - Environmental Justice, Climate Change, and Racial Justice Symposium, Purdue AAARCC, NAECC, and Ace Campus Food Pantry presents an in-person interactive event. Come discover and share special stories of particular herbs/spices and choose one herb to plant! Registration is limited to 20 individuals. RSVP by clicking this link: https://tinyurl.com/PlantingStoriesLearn more and register for the full symposium here: https://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/environment/communication/env-justice/index.php
  • Location: AAARCC Outdoor Space
  • Register here



IV) InspirAsian: An Evening of Virtual Graduation and Student Leaders Appreciation

  • Date and Time: April 23, 2021 at 5:00 - 7:00 PM ET
  • Purdue University's Asian American & Asian Resource and Cultural Center invites you to join us as we recognize and celebrate our student leaders and members of the graduating class of 2021! We are thrilled to celebrate their time at Purdue and to wish them well as they prepare to take their next giant leap. AJ Rafael and Alyssa Navarro will lead a special conversation and performance to celebrate with our community. The event will take place on Friday, April 23rd  from 5- 7pm online at this link.



V) Destress Week Spring 2021

  • April 26 - April 30, 2021
  • Monday, April 26: Origami Day
  • Tuesday, April 27: Caption Day
  • Wednesday, April 28: Self Care Day
  • Thursday, April 29: Maker’s Day
  • Friday, April 30: Virtual Scavenger Hunt




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