The Asian American Resource Center(AARC), established in 1991, helps AsianPaci
c American (APA) students developintellectually, socially, personally, academ-ically and politically. Central to all pro-grams, projects and events, is the valueof developing leadership skills among APA students. Working in conjunction with the Intercollegiate Departmentof Asian American Studies, the AARCcreates opportunities to raise awarenessof issues affecting Asian Americans andPaci
c Islanders. The AARC works incollaboration with other ethnic groups,academic departments and campus of-
ces to sponsor a wide range of educa-tional endeavors. By fostering awarenessof APA issues at Pomona College, the AARC helps strengthen the ClaremontColleges and the greater community.
The AARC is committed to engaging the Inland Valley and Los Angeles Asian American andPaci
c Islander community. We believe thatparticipation in the local community will help toenhance the educational experience that our stu-dents receive while at the same time promoting responsibility and accountability to community building. Examples of our commitment to ser- vice have been our engagement with the South-east Asian Community Alliance (SEACA) withthe RiseUp! project. RiseUp! works with theyouth of the LA Chinatown/Lincoln Heightsarea. The workshops include creative writing and expression, as well as community and family histories. In 2010, the AARC began a tutoring and mentoring program for local Inland Empire Tongan Youth through a partnership with theFirst Tongan Methodist Church of Pomona.Pomona students volunteered every week-end, tutoring youth, high-school students, andcollege-aged students. Furthermore, the AARCpartnered with the Tongan Community Ser- vice Center and the First Methodist Church tosponsor a Health Fair. Finally, the AARC is fully committed to encouraging API Pomona Col-lege students to engage in service to the broader API community through numerous independentprojects, studies, and internships.