For several years, the undergraduate leaders in UAAO–including Chelsea Padilla and Mira Simonton-Chao–have been working diligently the past three years to develop a digital collection on the history of Asian American and Pacific Islander organizing on campus.  

UAAO, UM Library's Digital Content & Collections, and A/PIA Studies are pleased to announce that the new digital collection, "Activism, Organizing, and Leadership within U-M Asian American + Pacific Islander Communities and Spaces" is live!

Focusing on the longstanding political history of Asian American and Pacific Islander students on the U-M Ann Arbor campus, this collection is a part of a continuing initiative that aims to acknowledge and document the lasting impact of AA+PI student activists, leaders, and organizers. This project was initiated and headed by student activists who have been involved at every stage of the collection, digitization, and archiving process. This collection brings together materials dating back as early as the 1970s from student organizations such as East Wind (UAAO’s predecessor), the Indian American Student Association, and the Hawaii Club. This collection is first and foremost a work in progress.

Many thanks to everyone and their hard work in proposing and creating this digital collection! At UAAO, Aarushi Ganguly, Chelsea Padilla, Mira Simonton-Chao, Anna Dang, and James Lee; at NCID, Marie Ting; at the Library, Matt Carruthers, Anne Cong-Huyen, Jackson Huang, Melissa Levine, and Helen Look (and Kat Hagedorn for drafting this announcement).