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The Association of Pacific and Asian Women is committed to coordinating student programs that heighten awareness of Pacific and Asian women’s issues. APAW’s programs empower community and individual pride, celebrate our rich cultures, and highlight our diverse contributions. The Association of Pacific and Asian Women fosters leadership development opportunities for women by bringing ideas and vision into action on an individual and group level. Women’s leadership roles are supported and fostered within our organization.

Building Bridges

Building Bridges, a multicultural showcase of talent and skill, has been a part of Washington State University’s agenda for 15 years, and in that time the various groups in our community have learned to work together in order to strengthen our bonds. Building Bridges is a chance for all of us to show the beauty of the diverse backgrounds which enrich WSU. This annual program is a chance for members of the WSU community to show who we are, without constraints, censorship, assumptions, or stereotypes.

APAW asks that groups use this opportunity to speak to the audience about the many aspects of their cultures, to show that we are able to unite together as a multicultural community.


The CAPTIVATE Conference was an annual student conference coordinated by APAW at the WSU Pullman campus. CAPTIVATE stands for Community, Activism, and Pride Today….to build Identity, Vision, and Achievements Tomorrow. Our goal is to celebrate these messages and to affirm our commitments to the EMPOWERMENT of AAPI women.

Previous CAPTIVATE speakers include:

  • Helen Zia, Journalist and Author
  • Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask, Professor of Hawaiian Studies at University of Hawaii
  • Phoebe Eng, Author, Publisher of A. Magazine
  • Magdelen Hsu-Li, Singer & Songwriter
  • Angela Oh, Author, Journalist and Activist