Skip to main content

Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Desi American (APIMEDA) Programs and Services 

APIMEDA Programs & Services provides community and retention support for students who are part of our large and diverse APIMEDA communities.

We encourage community development, enhance coalition building with and within the APIMEDA students, staff and faculty, fostering greater visibility for the diversity within the APIMEDA community, and help students gain skills for success in their future careers. APIMEDA Programs and Services serves students from a variety of ethnic and cultural groups that make up the Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Southwest Asian North African American communities.

APIMEDA Programs and Services is an initiative within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion organizational structure. We are continuing to develop and grow programs that help our large and diverse APIMEDA population find their place and thrive at UC San Diego.

Taking into considerations the access and achievement disparities between and amongst APIMEDA people, APIMEDA Programs and Services is tasked with providing sustained support and resources that improve APIMEDA student experiences and “truly take into consideration the voices of the students and communities" (CCAAS, 2014).

About APIMEDA Programs & Services

Here is a quick video summarizing what APIMEDA Programs and Services does!

Learn More

Enhancing the Experience of Diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander Students

Check out the recent UC San Diego Today article featuring Eugene Tsim Nuj Vang

Read More

UC San Diego senior Eugene Tsim Nuj Vang poses in traditional Hmong clothing to honor their heritage. They also hold a cherished instrument of their grandfather's called a qeej, a type of mouth organ made from bamboo pipes that has a 3,000-year history. Photos by Erik Jepsen/University Communications.

APIAHC Student Essay Contest

Apply for the Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration (APIAHC) Student Essay Contest! 

Current UC San Diego students (undergrad and grad) are eligible to submit applications and essays. Recipients are eligible to receive a ticket to attend the APIAHC Kick-off event on May 2, 2024, campus recognition, and a scholarship of $1500 (top award) or $1000 (all other awards).


Call for Programs APIAHC Month

The Call for Programs for Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration Month is out! The theme this year is "Transformation Through Innovation and Unity." Asian and Pacific Islander American identities have historically transformed based on a number of factors including migration differences, national and world events, and the growth of APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) communities in the United States.  


APIMEDA Newsletter

Interested in receiving updates on our events and programs? Subscribe to the APIMEDA Newsletter!

Get Connected

Sharing Our Invisible Histories

Many events in APIMEDA history are not shared through general education. The APIMEDA Sharing Our Invisible Histories series shares points in APIMEDA history that need more attention.

Learn More

APIMEDA Programs & Services

Mailing Address

9500 Gilman Drive
Mail Code 0088
La Jolla, CA 92093-0088

Phone: (858) 822-0525


Social Media