Asian Americans at UIC
Who are Asian Americans at UIC?
One commonly asked question is “Who does AARCC include in the definition of Asian American?” We define the term Asian American broadly to include (and the listed examples are not exhaustive):
- East Asians (e.g. Chinese, Japanese, Korean)
- South Asians (e.g. Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan)
- Southeast Asians (e.g. Cambodian, Filipino, Vietnamese, Laotian)
Our definition is flexible, especially because people’s identifications are wide-ranging.
We welcome Pacific Islanders that seek our support and work with PIs in conjunction with the UIC Native American Support Program. We address common experiences while acknowledging the issues distinct from Asian Americans. [Pacific Islanders are those having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.]
We recognize that being Asian American encompasses more than ethnic and racial identity, and includes identifications by national origin, mixed-race, adoption, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, class, and immigrant status.
As of fall 2021, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up 21% of undergraduates, 18% of the total student body, and 14% (fall 2020) of faculty and staff at UIC. AARCC is dedicated to educating the general campus about this diverse community. For more up-to-date data, please visit https://oir.uic.edu/data/.