So, transform yourself first…Because you are young and have dreams and want to do something meaningful, that in itself, makes you our future and our hope. Keep expanding your horizon, decolonize your mind, and cross borders.
– Yuri Kochiyama

Our Mission

  • Build a stronger sense of Asian Pacific Islander community
  • Raise awareness of issues affecting Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islanders
  • Develop student leadership.
  • Act as a resource for the campus community.

The Pomona College Asian American Resource Center (AARC), established in 1991, helps Asian Pacific American students develop intellectually, socially, personally, academically and politically. Central to all programs, projects, and events is the value of developing leadership skills among APA students. Working in conjunction with the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies (IDAAS), the AARC creates opportunities to raise awareness of issues affecting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 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 APA issues at Pomona College, the AARC helps strengthen the Claremont Colleges and the greater community.

Associate Dean, Director of the AARC

Mike Manalo-Pedro

Mike Manalo-Pedro 2018 Staff Square Headshot

Assistant Director of the AARC

Asena Taione-Filihia

Asena Taione-Filihia 2018 Staff Square Headshot

5C Asian American Advisory Board Program Coordinator, IDAAS Community Engagement Coordinator

Sarah Lynn Miralles

Sarah Lynn Miralles 2018 Staff Square Headshot

Ex-Directors: Kehaulani Vaughn; Sefa Aina, Interim Director of the Draper Center for Community Partnerships, Pomona College  




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