Pan Asian American Council

ABOUT PAAC

 

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:

Self Knowledge

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.

Community Awareness

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.

Intentional Allyship

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.

Please email nupaac@gmail.com if you have any questions

Team PAAC

The PAAC is comprised of a student representative from each of the student orgs in the PAAC community ad is led by two co-chairs.

The co-chairs lead the bi-weekly meetings, and work to ensure that the voice of the APIDA community is represented on campus. They also work closely with the Asian American Center staff to ensure that the community is supported from different perspectives.

The PAAC reps represent the APIDA community on campus and work closely with the co-chairs to create programs that highlight intentional allyship, community awareness, and self-knowledge.

KAT AU

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year: 2nd
Major: Finance & Psychology
Hometown: Tulsa, OK
Hobbies: cooking/baking, playing with the dogs, hitting the gym, watching YouTube videos about how to be super productive while laying in bed prepping for my nap
Comfort Food: Harmless Coconut Water
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Go to EVERY Cafe!

Hi! I’m Kat Au, a second-year Finance & Psychology combined major from Tulsa, Oklahoma (the pan handle). Over the past two years, I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to be a part of ASU’s eboard as Freshman Representative and then PAAC Representative. This year, I’ll be one of your PAAC Co-chairs! I’m so excited to get to know y’all! In my free time, I love to dance, cook Viet dishes, go to the gym (squatting is my thing!), find hidden food gems in Boston, and nap (I do it a lot…). My favorite place on campus is definitely Snell 4th floor (in the back left corner). I’m also really passionate about mental health issues facing the Asian American community and hope to do more to promote awareness amongst PAAC!

What made you want to be a PAAC co-chair and what are you most excited about?

I wanted to be PAAC Co-Chair to continue to give back to the Asian American community that has given me a home away from home and lifelong friends. I hope to be able to connect with the community on a larger scale and continue to grow as a fellow friend, student, and leader. I’m most excited to develop new and old relationships, and to help grow the PAAC community into a more tight-knit community through more open conversations.

KEVIN LI

Pronouns: he/him/his
Year: 2nd year
Major: Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Hobbies: Table tennis, Baseball, Personal Fitness, Ultimate Frisbee, League 🙂
Comfort food: Anything chocolate
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Try out new restaurants with friends

Hi everyone! I’m Kevin, a second-year Politics, Philosophy, and Economics major from Great Neck, New York. For the past two years, I’ve been involved with Chinese Student Association (shoutout to my eboard!) and will be transitioning to PAAC Co-Chair this upcoming year! I’m so excited to get to know you (if I don’t already) and to continue serving as a community member, ally, and friend to all. If I’m not in my room grinding out League games or attempting to cook flavorless chicken breast, you can find me at Marino, at a GM, and VERY rarely at Snell. Also, I’m always open to a ping pong match, midnight lifting session, or a boba run so feel free to hit me up!

What made you want to be a PAAC co-chair and what are you most excited about? 

I decided to be a PAAC Co-Chair because I really wanted to give back to the community that gave so much to me in my first two years at Northeastern. I’ve learned invaluable life lessons through being part of a PAAC organization and have made so many great friends along the way. I want to continue to devote my time and energy to this community and to offer others the same opportunities for growth that I have had. I’m so excited to welcome all of the new faces in the fall and to continue to grow friendships with old faces (metaphorically old haha). I can’t wait to take part in all of the events, GMs, dance workshops, and friendships that will grow. I’m really hopeful that this year is going to be the best year ever for PAAC!