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Pan Asian Student Advising

OPAL Pan Asian Student Advising is dedicated to enhancing the Dartmouth experience through supporting and challenging the campus community around issues pertinent to the Pan Asian student experience.

OPAL offers personal and academic guidance, advice, and support including, but not limited to, social adjustment concerns, academic and classroom issues, bias-related incidents, interpersonal relationships, leadership development opportunities, financial aid concerns, community and cultural programming.

Community Information

Who does "Pan Asian" refer to?

There are multiple terms, often used interchangeably, to describe diverse Asian student communities on college campuses. Some of these include, Asian American (AsAm), Asian Pacific American (APA), Asian Pacific Islander (API), Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA), South Asian/Desi, just to name a few. At Dartmouth College, the term Pan Asian has been adopted as a pan-ethnic sociopolitical category intended to include any and all who may self-identify as Asian, including but not limited to South Asian, East Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander communities.

Do I have to identify as "Pan Asian" to get involved with the Pan Asian community?

No - while our programs highlight the Pan Asian experience, we welcome anyone who is interested in engaging with these topics, regardless of identity. While OPAL has a strong focus on providing resources and services for Pan Asian students at Dartmouth, we also realize that to best fulfill our mission we must engage and serve all members of our campus community. Learn how to connect with our office through one of our many communities or programs.

Advisor Information

Assistant Dean & Advisor to Pan Asian Students

Shiella Cervantes, Assistant Dean and Advisor to Pan Asian StudentsDean Shiella Cervantes joined the OPAL team as the Assistant Dean and Advisor to Pan Asian Students in the summer of 2014. Previously, Shiella has worked at the University of Pennsylvania as Associate Director of the Pan-Asian American Community House. She is an alumna of Penn, earning her degree in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Asian American Studies. Her interests include intersectionality, social media, new media, and the arts.

Shiella maintains an open-door policy, so feel free to drop by her office in Collis 214. She is also available by appointment, or during open drop-in office hours on Thursdays from 2pm - 4pm.

Key Programs

Pan Asian Community Welcome

During the first week of classes in the Fall term, new and returning students alike are invited to the Pan Asian Community Welcome. Students will have an opportunity to connect with staff and faculty and learn about student organizations and opportunities to get involved on campus. Explore all of OPAL's socials and community welcome events during Fall term orientation.

Asian American Mentoring Program (AAMP)

AAMP pairs incoming students with current students during their first year at Dartmouth. Through discussions, socials, and mentor-mentee relationships, AAMP hopes to provide a space for first year students to find community and explore what it means to identify as Asian American. Learn more about AAMP by visiting the OPAL Mentoring page

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM)

Throughout the month of May, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) is a student led month-long celebration that engages the Dartmouth community around Asian American cultures, histories, and identities. 

Pan Asian Graduation Reception

We welcome graduating students and their families to gather and celebrate the completion of their undergraduate degree and their contributions to the Dartmouth community.  This reception is just one of OPAL's graduation and awards ceremonies

Student Organizations

There are a total of 150+ student organizations on Dartmouth's campus! You can browse through culture specific organizations, performance groups, issue awareness groups, pre-professional groups and more by visiting Dartmouth OrgSync. Below is a list of Pan Asian related undergraduate groups:

Pan Asian Council (PAC)

Established in 1996, the Pan Asian Council (PAC) is a proactive umbrella organization dedicated to setting goals and creating initiatives that are central to the Pan Asian community at Dartmouth College. Comprised of representatives from 20+ Pan Asian-related student organizations recognized by the Council on Student Organizations and led by OPASA interns, PAC serves as the central hub for information and collaboration between Pan Asian student groups in addition to liaisoning between the Pan Asian community and other communities at Dartmouth. PAC organizations work together to promote unity as well as enhance Pan Asian awareness and visibility on campus.

Community Specific Campus Resources

Pan Asian Community (PAC) Resource Room (Robo 104)

The Pan Asian Community (PAC) Resource Room is located in 104 Robinson Hall. Dedicated to our student community in 2001, this space was redecorated and reopened in the fall of 2012. For studying, student organization meetings, mid-day naps, movie nights, karaoke fun, or whatever else – this space is your home away from home. 

Asian and Asian American LLC

The Asian and Asian American Living Learning Community is a residential community base for all Dartmouth students interested in engaging with issues specific to Asian/Asian American identity and the histories of trans-Pacific migrations, regardless of prior knowledge base or racial identification. The LLC works to foster a better understanding of Asian/Asian American identity and how it intersects with gender, sexuality, religion, nationality, and more.

Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA)

Learn more about DAPAAA and connect with Dartmouth Alumni through the Alumni Relations Office

Campus Resources

All students at Dartmouth can utilize free and low cost campus resources

Last Updated: 8/14/17