Get Involved

Getting involved in the AAPI community not only gives you an instant support system at LMU, it also provides terrific opportunities for building hands-on experience. From internship positions at APSS to research projects in Asian American Studies, we are here to help you make the most of your education—academically, socially, and personally.

Asian Pacific Student Services — The APSS office is a home base for many students on campus-providing everything from personal support to cultural advocacy. Part of the university-sponsored Ethnic and Intercultural Services, APSS has a full-time full-time professional director and a staff of dedicated students who coordinate some of LMU's most popular events—from Third Tuesday performances to the API overnight.

Asian and Pacific Studies — For students interested in exploring cultural experience and identity on an academic level, LMU offers a minor program in Asian Pacific American Studies. With full-time faculty and engaging courses ranging from API Literature to the history of race and power in Los Angeles, the APAM program supports students in completing original research projects that explore topical issues.

Asian and Pacific Studies: Students in LMU's Asian and Pacific Studies major examine the broad sweep of the region's history, philosophy, politics and culture, while gaining an understanding of contemporary issues related to this rapidly changing part of the world. Majors may choose to study the region as a whole or concentrate on a specific country or area. All students, regardless of academic focus, are encouraged to spend time in Asia through various LMU-connected programs. 

Asian Pacific American Studies: Asian Pacific American Studies (APAM) supports Loyola Marymount University’s commitment to multicultural education. APAM is designed to enhance student understanding of the histories and contemporary issues that impact the lives of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. People of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to enroll in APAM courses. Only through a critical understanding of our multicultural society can we begin to “live together, learn together, work together, and forge new ties that bind together.” 

Center for Asian Business: The Center for Asian Business (CAB) was established in 1995 by the late Fr. John P. Daly, S.J. to promote understanding about Asian countries and people through multiple channels, including international business courses, faculty research grants, student scholarships and special lectures and movie screenings. 

Chinese: LMU offers Chinese classes from beginning to advanced levels, as well as content courses on a variety of topics in Chinese. Our curriculum is proficiency-oriented. The proficiency guidelines from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages serve as the guiding framework for our teaching and learning. 

Japanese: Japanese courses develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills using the direct method. Grammar points are explained in English. The student is provided an opportunity to practice conversation with native speakers to further improve oral skills. Selected topics are presented to enhance awareness and understanding of Japanese culture.

Student Organizations

Student clubs and organizations are a great way to get involved with the community and gain valuable leadership experience at the same time.

Check out the links below to find one that is right for you. Not able to find a club you are interested in? Start your own! All is takes is 9 other students with similar interest.

  • Asian Pacific American Coalition - The Asian Pacific Coalition serves to create and foster a central voice for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community at Loyola Marymount University. Comprised of the most prominent leaders of community, APAC strives to create consistent collaboration, address prevalent issues, connect with relevant organizations, and provide new opportunities through commitment, education, leadership, and advocacy.    
  • Han Tao - Celebrates and explores the traditions and culture of Chinese and Chinese-Americans.
  • Isang Bansa - 
Promotes and preserves the Filipino and Filipino-American cultures.
  • Korean American Student Association (KASA) 
- Educates and enriches the community with aspects of Korean culture.
  • Kyodai 
- A group for people with a common interest in the Japanese culture, language, animation, music, games, and more.
  • Na Kolea
 - Teaches Hawaiian culture, history, dance and issues to the members of Na Kolea and the LMU community.
  • Nikkei Student Union (NSU) 
- Promotes Japanese-American cultural and political awareness among the student body.
  • Revolution 
- One of the most ethnically diverse religious groups on campus, with strong Asian American leaders in service.
  • South Asian Student Association (SASA) 
- Increases awareness of South Asian culture and heritage.
  • Shin Kanarazu Daiko 
- LMU's premier taiko group (traditional Japanese drumming).