MSU Denver

Who We Are

The APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) Faculty and Staff Alliance is the one of three identity-based Affinity Groups (African American Affairs Council and Latino/a Faculty and Staff Association) at MSU Denver. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion supports these groups in promoting and providing a sense of belonging and community for employees.

Originally created as the Asian/Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Alliance, the group’s name was changed to the APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) Faculty and Staff Alliance in Fall 2020 to be intentional and honor the uniqueness of our communities. APIDA is a more inclusive pan-ethnic term to describe the diversity within Asian and Pacific Islander populations. The Library of Virginia explains further the importance of APIDA and its use:

What We Do

We provide…

  • A space for APIDA faculty and staff to connect with a group of like-minded peers.
  • A place to build community with people from similar cultural backgrounds and families.
  • Events and networking opportunities.
  • An avenue to share our unique perspectives and stories.

 

Our History

The APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) Faculty and Staff Alliance was founded in 2019. APIDA Alliance leaders are currently establishing and expanding the group’s mission, vision, goals and bylaws.

Read about some of our group’s significant historical moments below:

Spring 2019

Dr. Shawn Worthy, Interim Associate to the President for Diversity, approved the creation of the Asian/Pacific Islander (A/PI) Faculty and Staff Alliance.

Fall 2019

The A/PI Alliance was officially sanctioned by Dr. Michael Benitez, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion.

Spring 2020

The A/PI Alliance kicked off during the Annual Faculty and Staff of Color Online Social and began inviting individuals to join. The A/PI Faculty and Staff Alliance Microsoft Team was launched to serve as a place of engagement for current faculty and staff.

Fall 2020

To be more inclusive and intentional, the group was renamed to the APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) Faculty and Staff Alliance. The APIDA Alliance website, an outward facing site for new and prospective faculty and staff, was approved. The APIDA Alliance founder, Courtney Matsumoto, made the call for group leaders.

Spring 2021

In Spring 2021, the APIDA Alliance leaders were announced during the Welcome Back Social. APIDA Alliance leaders were tasked with establishing and expanding the group’s mission, vision, goals and bylaws.

Fall 2021

The APIDA Alliance website, an outward facing site for new and prospective faculty and staff, launched.

Our Leaders

Professional Headshot photo of Courtney Matsumoto

Courtney Matsumoto, M.A. (She/Her)

Founder/APIDA Alliance Leader

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Data Analyst, Marketing and Communications Senior Manager

[email protected] 303-615-0822
Headshot of AnnJanette Alejano-Steele

AnnJanette Alejano-Steele, Ph.D.

APIDA Alliance Leader

Interim Associate Vice President for the Office of Graduate Studies

[email protected] 303-615-1441
Jade Hoyer

Jade Hoyer

APIDA Alliance Leader

Department of Art, Assistant Professor, Printmaking Area Coordinator

[email protected] 303-615-0647
Stephanie Lee

Stephanie Lee (She/Her)

APIDA Alliance Leader

Student Success Coach, Pathways to Possible

[email protected] 303-605-7569
Tran, Sophia 2

Sophia Tran, Ph.D.

APIDA Alliance Leader

Department of Chemistry, General Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor

[email protected] 303-615-0268
Amy Watanabe

Amy Watanabe (She/Her)

APIDA Alliance Leader

Assistant Volleyball Coach

[email protected] 303-615-0582

Contact the APIDA Alliance Leaders

The APIDA Faculty and Staff Alliance is sanctioned by MSU Denver's Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Email the APIDA Alliance Leaders

Campus Location:

Jordan Student Success Building (JSSB) 440
890 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO 80204

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 173362
Campus Box 1
Denver, CO 80217-3362