Asian Pacific Islander Student Union (APISU)

Celebrating multicultural identities, backgrounds and lived experiences at the Multicultural Center!

The Asian and Pacific Islander Student Union (APISU) is a safe space for Asian and Pacific Islander students at Lane Community College (LCC) to meet and gather to support, learn, and encourage awareness of Asian and Pacific Islander cultures and traditions at LCC and within our community.

APISU Campus Conversations

Interest Form: Hula 1

Sign Up: A/PI Programs Student Support

APISU Advisor Info

Advising Hours and Availability


Friday, June 2 @ 4:00pm-7:00pm, "Asian and Pacific Islander Community Multicultural Celebration 2023" (Kalapuya Longhouse, Bldg 31, LCC main campus)Join the student leaders of Laneʻs Asian and Pacific Islander Student Union and the A/PI community with a multicultural celebration and gathering this Spring term. Featuring music, arts, food, crafts, and cultural performances by Lane campus community--APISU leaders and International Program students, student leaders from 4J, and a very special taiko drumming presentation by UO Ahiru Daiko. Volunteers needed. For info, please contact Asian and Pacific Islander Programs coordinator at

Click here for June 2 event flyer.

Saturday, April 22 @ 10am-3pm, APISU "Spring Leadership Wellness Retreat 2023." Welcoming leaders involved in student and campus organizations who hold one or more leadership roles and responsibilities. Workshops on community building, self- and group care, creating a space for mindful communication and effective leadership, and more. Please contact Asian and Pacific Islander Programs coordinator at

Friday, April 21 @ 3:30pm-5:30pm, "LCC and 4J Schools Family Night at the Multicultural Center"Student leaders of Asian and Pacific Islander Student Unions in various 4J middle schools and high schools, along with their families, meet and connect for this special event at the Multicultural Center this Spring term. For info, please contact Asian and Pacific Islander Programs coordinator at

Ka Pā Hula O Nā Kama O Kalapuya Hula Practice." For info on schedule and class location, please contact Asian and Pacific Islander Programs coordinator at


Past Events: Winter Term 2023

Saturday, April 1 @ 11am-8pm LCC NASA Powwow 2023Native American Student Association (NASA) and Asian and Pacific Islander Student Union (APISU) student leaders collaborate together with the help and guidance of the areaʻs local Native American community to plan and coordinate the annual NASA powwow at main campus this year. Featuring a very special Hula Kahiko presentation by the student leaders of NASA and APISU under the direction of Kumu Iwalani Raes during the powwow dinner hour at Titan Coliseum. Visit the NASA Info Booth at the main powwow entrance in Bldg 5 for the dayʻs schedule, raffle tickets, powwow t-shirts for purchase, and more information.

Thursday, March 16 @ 12pm-2pm (Multicultural Center, 1/206). APISU Pre-Finals Self-Care Focus. Come join APISU members for a fun campus community gathering featuring some self-care strategies and some great peer support. APISU student members will hold short workshops and interactive sessions to guide you through simple mindfulness exercises and techniques to support you for studying for finals. Weʻll have games, music, snacks, self-care activities, swag and goodies. MCC also offers coffee, tea, and hot apple cider.

Winter 2023: Wednesdays @ 3pm-4pm. ʻUke Jam at the MCC (Multicultural Center, 1/206). Campus community music and cultural engagement. Meet up in 1/206 main space. First meet-up on March 8 and continues till end of term.

Winter 2023: Wednesdays @ 4pm-5pm. Hula 1(Multicultural Center, 1/206) will cover traditional Hawaiian storytelling through dance, chant, and language in the two main classifications of Hawaiian movement arts today for an upcoming campus presentation in Spring term. Appropriate Garment: Bring a full-size fabric sarong/pareo or a traditional paʻū to wear for practice. Please contact Kumu Iwalani Raes at for more information.

Winter 2023: Thursdays @ 12pm-1:30pm. Campus Conversations by APISU (Multicultural Center, 1/206) is an on-going student-led activity held weekly this term on Thursdays from 12:00pm-1:30pm at the Multicultural Center (Bldg 1, Room 206). Campus Conversations offers peer-to-peer support in a space to talk it out with friends. Coffee, tea and snacks available. Please contact Kumu Iwalani Raes at for more information.

Thursday, March 9 @ 12pm-2pm. APISU Movie Meetup (Multicultural Center, 1/206). Come join APISU members in a fun campus community gathering with a mid-day movie screening at the Multicultural Center! Come hang out and meet new friends on-campus! MCC also offers coffee, tea, and hot apple cider and just for this week, snacks and popcorn!

Jan 25-Mar 1: Wednesdays @ 3pm-4pm (Multicultural Center, 1/206). Kanikapila: Conversations in Hawaiian Music (CRN 31750, Hybrid) is an invitation to our Lane community of students, staff and faculty to come together to play and enjoy music. Kanikapila happens everywhere in Hawaiʻi--backyard bbqʻs, celebrations from informal to formal gatherings. Music, movement, and language is an important part of culture and communities. In Hawaiʻi, itʻs a wonderful way for family and friends to connect and create a sense of belonging through the familiar sounds of music heard through generations. We are pleased to offer this cultural campus community engagement in a hybrid format (via Zoom and in-person at the Multicultural Center main room) every Wednesday during Winter Term 2023 at 3:00pm from January 25 to March 1. Register for the Zoom link and/or to reserve your spotContact Kumu Iwalani Raes, Faculty Coordinator, Asian and Pacific Islander Programs, Multicultural Center 1/206 at

Wednesday, February 1, 15 and March 1 @ 3pm-4pm (Multicultural Center, 1/206). "Kanikapila: Conversations in Hawaiian Mele with Guest Artist, Bernard Kalua."  We are honored to welcome special guest, Bernard Kalua. Mr. Kalua, originally from Keaukaha, now lives in Waimānalo and has been an indelible part of the local Hawaiian music scene in Hawaiʻi island and Oʻahu. We are excited to have him come join us via Zoom to share his stories of Hawaiian mele and experiences as a professional musician and music mentor. Contact Kumu Iwalani Raes at for more information.

Thursday, February 2 @ 12pm-1:30pm (Multicultural Center, 1/206). "Year of the Rabbit Lunar New Year Potluck."  APISU membership potluck at the Multicultural Center main gathering space to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. Bring a dish to share. Contact Kumu Iwalani Raes at for more information.

Thursday, January 25 @ 12pm-1:30pm. "Conversation, College and Chocolate (Multicultural Center, 1/206)."  Want to learn the French perspective on Marketing, International Business, Supply Chain or Finance?  Come visit us at the MCC on January 26 at 12:00 p.m. to learn about Rennes School of Businessʻ opportunities for Lane students to complete their Bachelor Degree in Business in France (yes, France!) in JUST ONE YEAR after completing an Associate Degree. Tuition costs are typically lower than in the US. The program is FAFSA eligible for Direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans.  Courses are taught in English. Not ready to fully transfer? Rennes School of Business offers a two-week summer program (also in France!) with scholarships from the French embassy focused on sustainable business. Refreshments of hot chocolate, coffee, and tea as well as sweet and savory croissants. Please contact Kumu Iwalani Raes at for more information.

Past Events: Fall Term 2022

Campus Conversations by APISU is an on-going student-led activity held at the main gathering area at the Multicultural Center (Bldg 1, Room 206) this term that provides peer-to-peer support and a valuable space to share experiences of college life with fellow students. Coffee, tea and snacks available. Please contact Kumu Iwalani Raes at for more information.

E MĀLANA KĀKOU: Hula 1 tuition-free online synchronous course is an introduction to the movement fundamentals of hula: terminology, posture, basic footwork, hand/arm gestures and positioning within a wellness approach. Introduction to the two general classifications of hula--Hula Kahiko (classical) and Hula ʻAuana (contemporary) and the accompanying moʻōlelo (stories) related to Hawaiian history, mythology, chiefly leadership, notable place names, and native flora. Wednesdays, 9/28 - 11/16, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. CRN 21751. Instructor: Kumu Iwalani Raes, Faculty F/T, Multicultural Center office and coordinator of Asian and Pacific Islander Programs.

For more information, please email or to schedule an in-person or virtual appointment via Zoom.

APISU Student Leadership: Fall 2022 to Spring 2023

  • Abbygail Villegas (APISU Leadership Position: Co-Chair) majoring in ASOT Business and International Relations.
  • Alyssa Frias (APISU Leadership Position: Co-Chair) majoring in ASOT Science, Biology and Natural Resources.
  • Rae Jennet Orsolino (APISU Leadership Position: Outreach and Marketing Chair) majoring in ASOT Business and Accounting.

Contact Asian Pacific Islander Student Union (APISU)

Lane Community College
Multicultural Center - Asian and Pacific Islander American Student Program
Building 1, Room 206-B
4000 East 30th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97405-0640

Building 1, Room 206 B

Coordinador del Programa de Estudiantes Americanos de Asia y las Islas del Pacifico: Kumu Iwalani Raes: (541) 463-3245
Appointments available by phone, virtual (via Zoom) and in-person, please request via email or Google Chat at

Mon - Thur: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday: 8:30am - 2pm
LCC is closed on Fridays during summer term.