Message from the Interim Director


Image of Interim Director Dean Saranillio looking at a mountain range

While Director Crystal Parikh is on leave for the 2021-22 academic year, Professor Dean Saranillio will serve as Interim Director of A/P/A Institute at NYU. Please join us in welcoming him.


Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community, 

We begin this 2021-22 academic year with renewed understanding of how precious our time and connections are with each other. As our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities begin a new school year, the world has dramatically changed and precarity continues to cause alarm and concern. This is also the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. For these reasons and more, we have chosen to organize events that both allow for reflection about our current moment and collective dreaming of alternatives to the racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, and colonial imaginings that predetermine them. While we have much to celebrate, there remains much work to be done. We are fortunate in this moment to have the resources and community from which to stand, build, and dream other worlds into material existence. We invite you to join us in this academic year and look forward to strengthening our connections with each of you.


— Dean Saranillio