Asian-Pacific Islander-Middle Eastern/Southwest Asian Alumni of William & Mary (APIM)

The W&M APIM Alumni group consists of alumni who self-identify as Asian, Pacific Islander and Middle Eastern/Southwest Asian who are working to foster a greater sense of community at William & Mary.

A team of volunteer leaders from APIM Alumni and other alumni groups convenes throughout the year for Leadership Circles — focused, action-oriented discussions on how to better serve alumni in these communities and encourage engagement, leadership and philanthropy.

Statement of support in the wake of the circumstances in Afghanistan:

"We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

The situation in Afghanistan is heartbreaking, and it has no doubt directly affected W&M alumni and the W&M community more broadly.

The Asian, Pacific Islander, and Middle Eastern (APIM) Alumni Leadership Circle recognizes the plight and volatility affecting Afghans right now. We are conscious of the shared feelings that arise from instability at home and with one's identity. Though the APIM Alumni Leadership Circle does not engage directly in advocacy on matters of government action or legislation, we know that individual alumni are involved and advocating vigorously in both their professional and personal capacities.

We are hopeful that the people of Afghanistan, Afghans in the diaspora, and the world community will see that the tides will turn to once again see a safe and prosperous homeland in Afghanistan.

William & Mary is hosting various opportunities where you can speak with policymakers or learn from Professors or others who have been involved in the region through the years. 

[Interview] U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan: A Q&A with Rani Mullen

[Interview]  All I Am Hoping For Is A Miracle: William & Mary Graduate Sarina Faizy '21 Fears For The Future Of Her Native Afghanistan on WHRO news

[Counseling Centers]

Refugee Behavioral Health - SAMHSA 

American Counseling Association: Counseling Refugees: Addressing Trauma, Stress, and Resilience  

Military Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, then press 1, available 24/7

Military Crisis Line Text Option: Text 838255, available 24/7  

Exemplary Practices for Counseling Military Populations  

Military One Source   


Asian Centennial Celebration Events
Asian Centennial Celebration Events

William & Mary will celebrate the Asian Centennial commemorating the admission of Chen Pu-Kao '23, the first student from Asia, and celebrate the contribution of the preceding generations of students of Asian, Pacific Islander and Middle Eastern descent during the 2021 - 2022 academic year. This auspicious milestone allows us to reflect on the onset of inclusion amidst the overwhelming exclusion of African Americans from matriculating in the university.

The Asian Centennial Committee is seeking nominations for the Asian Centennial Alumni Awards, in order to recognize ten W&M alumni who have made a lasting impact on Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern/South West Asian communities! We encourage alumni to self-nominate, as well as nominate alumni peers who contribute widely and deeply on themes such as (but not limited to) diversity, equity, anti-racism, justice, and inclusion. Please send questions and nomination letters to asiancentennial@wm.edu by December 30, 2021.

A list of fall 2021 events

More information on the Centennial

Engage Online
Engage Online

Looking to connect with fellow alumni on social media? Be sure to like and follow the W&M APIM Alumni page on Facebook or join the Facebook Group! You will receive updates about upcoming events and have an opportunity to make connections with alumni near and far.

Volunteer
Volunteer

Would you like to raise your hand to provide career advice to current students, serve on panels with fellow alumni or participate in various William & Mary events throughout the year? If so, email us to raise your hand for activities that are of interest to you!

Get Involved with Professional Networks

Does your company or organization have opportunities that would be perfect for William & Mary alumni? Are you willing to give career advice or are you embarking on a new career journey? If so, use William & Mary Alumni Professional Networks to connect with the One Tribe One Network community!

Alumni Admission Resources

William & Mary has a growing network of alumni volunteers who remember their W&M undergraduate experiences fondly and want to help with the college admission process for prospective William & Mary students. Whether you were a first-generation student or a member of a legacy family, we hope you will join us! Have a high-school student of your own? Check out the resources offered by the W&M Alumni Association to help with the college admission process.

On-Demand Webinars

From Foundations to Fronteirs: Chinese American Contributions to the Fabric of America
Originally aired on December 8, 2021
Ray Zeng, director of programs and key initiatives of the Committee of 100, presented From Foundations to Frontiers: Chinese American Contributions to the Fabric of America, an Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) report that has been commissioned by the Committee of 100. The Committee of 100 has turned the report into a series of campus discussions giving the highlights of the content, and then 'opening the floor' for a discussion on how the Chinese American and AAPI community can move forward.

W&M APIM Professionals: Celebrating and Strengthening our Community

Originally aired on June 17, 2021
Presented by Clem Cheng ’86, Clarissa Delgado ’09, Baiyin Murphy ’10, Amandeep Sidhu ’00
W&M alumnus Clem Cheng ’86, SVP of HR at Comcast, moderates a discussion with fellow alumni, Clarissa Delgado ’09, COO and co-founder of Teach for the Philippines, Baiyin Murphy ’10, general partner at Indicator Ventures, and Amandeep Sidhu ’00, partner at Winston & Strawn, on overcoming career challenges and their thoughts on the current environment for the APIM community.
Enjoy a sneak peek of the program!

Combating the Invisibility of Middle Eastern and North African Identities in American Health Care
Originally aired on September 29, 2021
Elyas Bakhtiari, assistant professor of sociology at William & Mary, presented on how to incorporate Middle Eastern and North African Americans into health disparities research. Professor Bakhtiari discussed the implications of population categorization, defining races and ethnicities, how the 9/11 terrorist attacks have impacted the way that Middle Eastern and North African Americans are categorized, and the effects of institutionalized racism.

 

Upcoming Events

Stay connected and in the know about upcoming events.

Giving Opportunities:

For more information:

  •  Ivana Marshall ,  Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement and Inclusion Initiatives
  •  (757) 221-7514
  •   immarshall@wm.edu