Asian American and pacific islander Student Resources

"Education and imagination will carry you to places which we won’t believe possible. Make your life count – and the world will be a better place because you tried."  ~Ellison Onizuka, NASA Astronaut and first Asian American to fly in space 

Academic and Career Resources


TRiO Student Support Services at Parkland College promotes equal opportunity to succeed by providing high-quality and responsive support services for first-generation college students, low-income students, and students with disabilities. 

Support for Workforce Training (SWFT)

Parkland College's Support for Workforce Training (SWFT) program helps in-district residents move into high-demand careers with family-sustaining wages within a year or less. SWFT was founded with the support of the Illinois Workforce Equity Initiative grant. We strive to close the career gap by assisting underserved residents in advancing their academic and professional careers.

Career Services

Whether you are a student choosing a college major or you are a dislocated worker, career changer, or retiree, we have career resources and services designed to assist you.


Engagement and Mental Health Resources

Student Organizations

Student Life maintains a list of student organizations that are currently active, as well as ones that have existed in the past but have become inactive. If you do not find one that meets your interests, contact Student Life for information on starting a new one.

Center for Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement supports and promotes the active engagement of the College’s students, faculty, and staff in partnership with the communities of Illinois Community College District 505. Many volunteer opportunities are available.

Counseling Support Center

Our Counseling Support Center offers counseling services, workshops, peer mentoring, and more.


Parkland is part of TalkCampus, an anonymous mental health peer support network, available to you 24/7. The TalkCampus platform combines intuitive design, clinical excellence, world-class technology and global support to over 250 institutions and millions of students worldwide. Available in 26 languages.

Community Resources

Community Resources

Chinese American Association of Central Illinois

The Chinese American Association of Central Illinois (CAACI) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization for Chinese Americans and their friends in Central Illinois. Its goal is to engage in cultural, educational and social activities, to help members play a more active role in the community and to promote the well being of Chinese and Chinese Americans of the area.

Asian American Cultural Center, University of Illinois

Opened in fall 2005, the Asian American Cultural Center provides the University of Illinois community with space to gather and share the diverse and rich cultures that are a part of the Asian American experience. The Center provides events and programs throughout the year, some of which are open to the public.

Japan House

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Japan House is a unit of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, made up of Japanese tea rooms and class space and surrounded by Japanese gardens. It has both University classes for academic credit, as well as community classes open to the general public. Although it is not a cultural center for Japanese students, it often becomes a home away from home to Asian students because of its traditional stylings and peaceful environment.

New American Welcome Center

NAWC.JPG The New American Welcome Center at the University YMCA works to co-create a community where all immigrants can thrive and flourish. They do this by engaging local institutions and mobilizing community resources to ensure equitable access to services, economic opportunity, and meaningful belonging.

National Resources

National Resources

AAPI Youth Rising

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AAPI Youth Rising
is a national student-led organization that believes in the collective power of small actions. We unite against hate through civic engagement, we speak out, we advocate for diverse curricula in our schools, and we celebrate our creativity.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) has a mission to advance the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all. They host an annual Youth Leadership Summit for undergraduate college students.

Mental Health Resources for Marginalized Communities

A webpage detailing general resources from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, including resources specific to Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.

Asian Mental Health Collective

Asian Mental Health Collective.jpg The Asian Mental Health Collective aspires to make mental health easily available, approachable, and accessible to Asian communities worldwide. They maintain an Asian American Therapist Directory.