The Pan Asian American Council (PAAC) was first created in 2005, as a response to community needs. Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) students on Northeastern’s campus sought a common space for dialogue that would unify organizations on campus. As a result of over 10 years of leadership by the Asian American Center, PAAC, and the larger community, the number of student organizations in our community grown, and the programs and impact of these student groups reaches more students than ever before.
We strive to hold up the three pillars of PAAC:
PAAC seeks to provide opportunities for students to develop knowledge of their own histories, identities, and the ways in which the stories of APIDA students connect, intersect, and inform what it means to be an APIDA student at Northeastern.
PAAC seeks to create awareness of what it means to be APIDA at Northeastern and within the context of the United States. As a community, we have a deep history that often goes unheard. PAAC aims to give voice to these stories.
PAAC seeks to build thoughtful connections regarding our experiences and struggles. Both within the APIDA community at Northeastern and with other marginalized populations, we strive to understand our collective struggle and seek to provide intentional support and allyship for others.
Although these three pillars lie at the core of PAAC values, the council also strives to be responsive to community needs. PAAC leadership recognizes the importance of building community by listening to and learning from each individual organization. In meeting regularly with executive boards, attending general meetings, and applying feedback, PAAC’s goal is not to impose its values on organizations, but support them in acting on what they find important.
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