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Students at SEASON 2020 conference (Photo: CSEAS)

There are various UCLA student and alumni groups related to Southeast Asia on campus.

Last updated February 2024.

Student Organizations

  • AAPI Caucus at UCLA Luskin brings awareness to the social issues faced by the diverse communities represented in the Asian (American) Pacific Islander population.
  • Anakbayan at ULCA works to educate, organize, and mobilize the community to address important issues that affect Filipinos in the U.S. and the Philippines
  • APA Health C.A.R.E. aims to improve the health and well-being of underserved Asians and Pacific Islanders in the Metropolitan Los Angeles area.
  • Ascend at UCLA provides opportunities for students to cultivate leadership and networking skills that will help them connect with various business institutions.
  • Asia Law Organization promotes education, discussion, and career development for students interested in international and comparative law pertaining to Asia.
  • Asia Pacific Health Corps serves the health needs of disadvantaged Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities that have minimal access to healthcare and limited financial resources.
  • Asian Pacific American Law Journal focuses on the legal, social, and political issues affecting Asian Pacific American Communities and disseminates these writings to the general population.
  • Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association is an organization dedicated to the establishment of a medical system that provides culturally competent services, resources, and support to underserved communities.
  • Asian Pacific Coalition supports and unifies the diverse Asian Pacific Islander Desi American community at UCLA by uplifting and empowering its members. 
  • Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association coordinates activities that educate and inform members about current Asian Pacific Islander issues and serve as a support network for law students to succeed academically and professionally.
  • Association of Hmong Students provides assistance and opportunities to Hmong students by taking an intersectional approach through advocacy, development of student leaders, and creating an empowering, safe environment for Hmong students on campus.
  • Association of Indonesian Americans seeks to empower Indonesian-American students through outreach, education, increasing cultural understanding and awareness, social interaction, and political advocacy. 
  • AweChords A Cappella is a co-ed group that performs a variety of music genres and showcases including at UCLAŹ¼s annual Vietnamese Culture Night.
  • Burmese Student Association at UCLA provides community support for Burmese and Burmese American students to learn, connect, and embrace their Burmese identities. 
  • CultivAsian a student organization with the mission to destigmatize conversations about mental health and raise awareness of mental health issues in Asian young adults.
  • Dear Asian Youth UCLA is a literary magazine that serves to empower Asian American youth and heritage through creativity. 
  • Higher Opportunity Program for Education is committed to outreaching to under-resourced and underrepresented youth in striving to achieve its goals toward educational equity for all.
  • Indonesian Bruins Student Association promotes and celebrates Indonesian culture in the broader UCLA community and aims to integrate others of various backgrounds that have a common interest in Indonesia.
  • Kawan at UCLA is a Pilipino Catholic student organization that offers support for likeminded students to learn more about their spirituality and culture.
  • Malaysian Students Association at UCLA a cultural student organization open to students and faculty of all nationalities that aims to represent the Malaysian community at UCLA.
  • MEMO at UCLA helps underserved and underprivileged communities locally in Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles, and abroad, in Vietnam.
  • Muoi an all-inclusive, primarily Vietnamese Catholic prayer and support group.
  • Pacific Basin Law Journal a law journal that publishes twice a year on a diverse range of legal and policy issues concerning the Pacific Rim.
  • Pacific Ties News Magazine seeks to showcase the rich and diverse stories about the APIDA community on and off campus through news and commentary.
  • Pilipino American Graduate Student Association provides networking, support, communication, and cooperation between Pilipino students, faculty and staff at UCLA.
  • Pilipino Council of the Mabuhay Collective (PCMC) a council of students that support, facilitate, and unite the Pilipinx and Pilipinx-American community at UCLA.
  • Pilipino Recruitment and Enrichment Program serves as a first year pipeline into the greater Pilipinx community at UCLA, providing a space for new students to explore the resources available and foster friendships on campus.
  • Pilipino Transfer Student Partnership aims to ease Pilipnx transfers and allies in the transition to UCLA by offering resources, cultural growth, and addressing transfer issues.
  • Pilipinos for Community Health seeks to empower underserved and under-resourced communities in the Greater Los Angeles area and the Philippines by providing free culturally relevant health education and services.
  • Pilipinos in Engineering and Science an academic and social student organization that is focused on supporting Pilipino students via professional workshops, alumni networking, socials, and engineering and science-related challenges.
  • Pilipinx Pre-Law Pipeline provides Pilipinx undergraduates with resources, mentorship, and support to pursue careers in law.
  • Samahang Modern fosters a community through the four pillars of dance, professionalism, family, and cultural roots
  • Samahang Pilipino is an organization that serves to support Pilipino students while also celebrating an sharing the knowledge of Pilipino social, cultural, political, and academic life. 
  • Samahang Pilipino Advancing Community Empowerment Program offers tutoring, mentorship, leadership development, and cultural and community engagement primarily for students of Filipino heritage.
  • Samahang Pilipino Education and Retention seeks to achieve 100% retention of Pilipinx students by providing internship, mentorship, counseling, and resources.
  • School of Nursing Asian Pacific Islander Nursing Student and Alumni Association supports UCLA School of Nursing's Asian and Pacific Islander nursing students and alumni through community engagement, scholarship and service.
  • Singapore Students' Association a student-led organisation that aims to act as a community for Singaporean students at UCLA.
  • Southeast Asian Admit Weekend hopes to inspire Southeast Asian admitted students to become empowered and be aware of the resources available to them at UCLA.
  • Southeast Asian Archaeology Lab at the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology focuses on the archaeology of culture-contact in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
  • Southeast Asian Admit Weekend hopes to inspire Southeast Asian admitted students to become empowered and be aware of the resources available to them at UCLA.
  • Southeast Asian Campus Learning Education and Retention, established in 1998 by the Vietnamese Student Union, provides peer counseling, mentorship, wellness help, transfer support, and internship opportunities to Southeast Asian students at UCLA. 
  • Southeast Asian Students for Organizing seeks to provide a safe space for Southeast Asian students and allies to strategize campus-based actions to effectively advocate for their community.
  • Southeast Asian Transfer Enrichment Day is a weekend dedicated to newly admitted transfer students, organized by Southeast Asian student groups at UCLA to provide a safe and supportive Southeast Asian community on campus for transfer students.
  • TASSEL AT UCLA teaches Cambodian children English so that they can pursue higher education and and fundraises to buy food and other essential resources and medications to be sent to Cambodia.
  • Thai Student Association, previously known as Thai Smakom, seeks strives to showcase Thai culture through the many events it host per year, as well as provide support to Thai and Thai-American students at UCLA. 
  • Tinig Choral is an a cappella group that strives to provide a space of musical expression for people of all levels of talent while sharing parts of the Pilipinx culture.
  • UCLA Pilipinos for Community Health stands to provide education and mental health services to the Pilipino community in the greater Los Angeles area through community outreach, preventive health, and advising and mentorship.
  • United Khmer Students seeks to advocate and support to Cambodian students at UCLA by furthering cultural understanding and awareness on the UCLA campus through advocacy, educational and career services, and community-building.
  • Vietnamese Community Health aims to improve the health inequality in underserved communities in Orange County and the Greater Los Angeles area by striving to mitigate the health disparities faced by these communities.
  • Vietnamese Dental Student Association at UCLA advocates programs that promote the oral health and care of all people in general and of Vietnamese-Americans in particular.
  • Vietnamese Language and Culture serves to maintain and showcase Vietnamese customs through educational advocacy and cultural engagement.
  • Vietnamese Student Union seeks to raise awareness of Vietnamese culture while ensuring the educational, political, social, and mental-health welfare of the Vietnamese community both on and off-campus.

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Published: Thursday, August 20, 2020