The West Coast Asian Pacific Islander Student Union (WCAPSU) serves to support Asian/Pacific Islander/American students to enact progressive change across West Coast universities and communities. In recognizing critical needs for successful student organizing, WCAPSU facilitates a coalition space that shares advocacy opportunities, sustainable resources, and leadership development between campus constituents. – Revised 2014
The West Coast Asian Pacific Islander Student Union is a coalition that consists of Asian Pacific Islander communities from several higher education institutions across the west coast states. The purpose of the coalition is to sustain an educational resource base, promote a cross-collaboration network and address issues affecting our educational institution. As our coalition progresses throughout time, we are continuously striving to improve our coalition by educating ourselves of existing issues and endorsing new outlets to create change.
Recognizing the rich hxstory of APIA students activism such as the Third World Liberation Front, it is rare for social movements to occur unless a significant student population understands the need for change. Many higher education campuses struggle to politically engage students of current issues and lack the resources to sustain a progressive student body. As a result, WCAPSU strives to be a network to communicate issues and to catalyze students to indulge themselves in civic engagement.
Our work is student led and student initiated. WCAPSU is a grassroots coalition that only seeks to benefit our involved campuses through resources, cross-collaboration and advocacy. As leadership involvement changes throughout the year, our mission and objectives progress with the new leadership. We want students voices to be heard and WCAPSU is established to leverage those voices at our respective communities, higher education institutions, and government.