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These National Orgs For AANHPI Students Help Build Community On Campus

In the month of May, Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month is celebrated to recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. 

Cultural identity tethers people together, as it acts both as a way to preserve the history of one’s ancestors, and provides the opportunity for groups to have a place of belonging. Especially during college, when many students are learning more about themselves and their cultures, as well as others’ cultures, having a community to lean on is of the utmost importance. That’s why Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander student groups are highly worthy of being highlighted this month (and every month); they allow students with shared identities to bond with each other, while also having the opportunity to share their culture and history with the other students on campus. 

These organizations can encompass larger groups of students or cater to more specific backgrounds. Many schools have their own versions of identity-driven associations and unions, as well as cultural appreciation clubs. But what about the ones with different chapters or affiliates at colleges and universities across the country? Here are some national organizations for AANHPI college students that are worth looking into.

AANHPI Professional Groups For Students

Many schools offer professional groups specifically for AANHPI students to grow their skills and network with like-minded students, alums, and organizations. These many include:

APIDA Greek Life Organizations

The National APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) Panhellenic Association is comprised of 18 different fraternities and sororities, including:

  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi 
  • Alpha Phi Gamma
  • Alpha Sigma Rho
  • Chi Sigma Tau
  • Delta Epsilon Psi
  • Delta Kappa Delta
  • Delta Phi Lambda
  • Delta Phi Omega
  • Delta Sigma Iota
  • Iota Nu Delta
  • Kappa Phi Gamma 
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Kappa Pi Beta
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Sigma Beta Rho 
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
  • Sigma Sigma Rho

Ultimately, there are a lot of ways to get connected with your own culture, or different cultures, on college campuses. Be sure to check with your school’s list of student orgs to see which ones you’re interested in trying out.

Addie Whightsil is a Public Relations student at the University of Oklahoma. Beyond academics, Addie's interests extend to the simple pleasures in life. She has an undeniable affection for juice, savoring every drop of its fruity goodness. Her fondness for Jellycats, those irresistibly huggable stuffed animals, adds a touch of whimsy to her daily life. However, what she really loves is sharing personal stories and life lessons for the internet to read.