History of the UF Division of Student Affairs - Page 92

92 L e a d e r s h i p ( LGBT A f f a i r s D i r e c t o r s ) Tamara Cohen 2004 - 2006 Nora Spencer 2006 - 2009 AC Stokes 2009 - 2011 LB Hannahs 2011 - present As i a n P a c i f i c Is l a n d e r A m e r i c a n A f f a i r s Prior to the 1990s, Asian American students formed several student support groups. In 1948, the Chinese Club was formed and later changed its name to the Chinese American Association in 1991. In 1973, the Vietnamese Student Organization was founded. In the 1980s, the India Student Association and Filipino Students Association were founded. The population of Asian American students on the UF campus was growing, and with this growth came the desire for additional support services. In the early 1990s, students initiated a request for Asian American student resources at UF. In 1993, the Asian Student Union was formed. By the early 2000s, there was increased administrative support for additional support services led by Dean of Students Office staff. Three resource needs were identified: a resource center, a studies program, and a director. On November 17, 2003, a student-organized and led rally at Turlington Plaza for Asian American resources was held. In 2004, an Asian American Studies certificate was created. In 2010, an Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Resource Room was created and located on the fourth floor of Peabody Hall. In 2011, the first APIA Director was hired. Prior to the hiring of an APIA Director, graduate students advised Asian American students and student groups. From 2002 – 2004, Ebru Korbek, a Multi-Cultural & Diversity Affairs graduate student worked closely with the APIA community. Then APIA-dedicated graduate assistants were hired including Natalia Leal (2005), Yuko Fujino (2006-2007), and Taketo Nakao (2007-2011). Also in 2011, the APIA Hall of Fame, End of Year Ceremony, APIA Leadership Development Institute, Lunch Series, and APIA Liaison Group were established. 2011 was also the first year that the Association of Asian Alumni was formally recognized. H i s t o r y o f t h e UF D S A