The AARC seeks to engage Pomona College and the larger Claremont Colleges community about AAPI issues. Engagement programs aim to bring diverse communities together to create dialogue bout unheard narratives. We have organized study breaks, hosted film screenings, and invited community leaders to speak on many topics related to the AAPI community. The AARC also collaborates with other offices and organizations at Pomona College and across the Claremont Colleges.
Pacific Islander Empowerment (PIE)
The committee will center Pacific Islander voices and narratives on campus. We aim to make space for Asian Pacific Islanders under the aggregated term AAPI. We want to take action and raise community awareness of the impact of settler colonialism in and outside of the classroom through advocacy for Native/Indigenous studies and solidarity with Indigenous and Pacific Islander communities as well as affinity groups (IPMP). Our committee aims to subvert academic spaces that do not prioritize Indigenous communities by organizing events that center PIs, Indigenous epistemologies, and our positionality within settler colonialism as 5C students.
Committee for South Asian Voices (CSAV)
The committees for South Asian voices strives to cultivate space and community for students from Indo-Caribbean, Punjabi, Sikh, Lankan, Pakistani, Indian, Nepali, Bangladeshi, Afghan, Bhutanese, Maldivian, Tibetan, Kashmiri, mixed ethnicity/race, and all self-identified South Asian backgrounds. Our goals are to advocate for South Asians on campus and beyond, foster appreciation for South Asian cultures, highlight invisibilized narratives, and fight against systems of violence affecting South Asians.
Re-Imagining Social Expectations (RISE)
RISE (Re-Imagining Social Expectations) committee is dedicated to centering the voices of queer and trans APIDA, working towards dismantling cisheteropatriarchy, uplifting the voices of APIDA womxn and supporting survivors of sexual violence. Through the means of storytelling and the cultivation of community, RISE aims to deconstruct the societal expectations of the traditional family by highlighting marginalized experiences.
Southeast Asian Committee (SEACOM)
SEACOM strives to center the experiences, cultures, and histories of Southeast Asian (American) identifying students and communities. We hope to create inclusive spaces that promote community dialogue and exploration of diasporic identities. This includes addressing a lack of representation of Southeast Asian students within the 5Cs, providing outreach and education to increase awareness of Southeast Asian issues, and building a community among 5C Southeast Asians.
Helping Organize Political Engagement (HOPE)
In this committee, we hope to:
- Raise awareness of current political issues like the 2020 census, voter registration, and immigration that affect the APIDA community and beyond.
- Reaching out to off-campus organizations that work with older generations.
- Providing concrete steps for community members to engage with political issues.