Asian American Initiative

Founded in fall 2018, the Asian American Initiative is a student organization working towards establishing an Asian American Studies department, programming, and community at Davidson College.

As of January 2021, we have published demands and negotiated with the college administration, filled three faculty positions with Asian American Studies specialists, hosted a dialogue series with guest speakers and a mental health workshop series with a professional therapist, begun working on creating an Asian American alumni network, and received the COVID-19 Creative Initiative Grant for a digital platform and podcast series on the experiences of Asian/Americans during the pandemic. To learn more about our work, visit our website and Instagram:


As a co-founder of the Asian American Initiative, I have written an Op-Ed and have been interviewed by NBC Asian America and The Davidsonian. Read the Op-Ed and interviews below:

Cathy Xu ’21: Support the Asian American Initiative

Cathy Xu, The Davidsonian, March 27, 2019.

While Davidson College has a 5.2 percent Asian student population—congruent with America’s 5.8 percent Asian population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau…


Q&A with AAI

Sohan Gade, The Davidsonian, November 18, 2020.

What is the current process that you all have set in place for advocating for hiring of additional Asian American Studies faculty?…

After 50 years, Asian American studies programs can still be hard to find

Agnes Constante, NBC Asian America, June 27, 2019.

Students at Davidson College in North Carolina are also advocating for an Asian American studies department, starting from the bottom up…


Push for Asian-American Studies On Campus

Kaizad Irani, The Davidsonian, April 3, 2019.

Following the doxxing of two Davidson students over alleged neo-Nazi Tweets last fall, many students felt the need to create more educational…

Asian American Initiative (AAI) Releases Demands Pushing for Action

The Davidsonian, October 23, 2019.

On Wednesday, October 17th, the Asian American Initiative (AAI) released their demands for more educational opportunities that focus on…