Signature Programs & Annual Events

The Cornell A3C provides a variety of signature programs and events to the campus community.

Spam & Eggs Community Breakfast

In partnership with the Asian American Studies Program, the A3C holds a monthly community breakfast. We serve eggs, rice, and Spam, a cultural comfort food with a sociopolitical history that spans many different Asian/Asian American cultures. This breakfast is a chance for all students to informally connect with staff, faculty and other community members. Held every third Friday of the month at the Asian American Studies Resource Center, 4th floor Rockefeller Hall.

A3C Social Hours

Come hang out with us! Take a break from your academic work and come for an agenda-free hangout with our student staff and the various Asian-affiliated student organizations. Once a month at 5:00 pm, you can find some sort of fun and relaxing activity taking place in the ground floor of 626 Thurston. Stop by on the way back to your room for some good times with good people.

If your organization is interested in hosting one of these social hours, please email us at and we'll show you how!

First Year Initiative (F.Y.I.)

In partnership with the Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Student Union (CAPSU), the A3C supports a cohort of first-year students to participate in a year-long identity-based leadership development program. Each selected first-year is paired with an upper-class mentor, and will be intentionally engaged with the Asian/Asian American community through projects and programs.

Asian & Asian American Graduation 

In partnership with the Asian American Studies Program (AASP), this intimate graduation event takes place the weekend of commencement to honor seniors in the Asian American Studies minor and student leaders in Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Student Union, South Asian Council (SAC), and the Society of Asian American Graduate Affairs (SAAGA). 

A3C Internship Program (for undergraduates) 

Interested in identity-based work, social justice, community building? Potentially looking at a career in multicultural/diversity affairs or higher education? This internship could be for you. The A3C selects a group of interns to help organize and run the center's activities. Hiring begins at the beginning of the academic year. These positions are volunteer and non-paid.


The A3C believes that learning about yourself in the face of sameness and difference are not mutually exclusive and can be a positive force in your experiences here at Cornell. The A3C holds various leadership retreats with the student organizations. It also has focused attention on gender-based experiences to include an Asian American Women's Retreat and an Asian American Men's Retreat.


The A3C creates community on and OFF campus. Cornell has had a long tradition of holding and going to conferences that looks at Asian American and ethnic specific issues. Annually, we send a delegation to the East Coast Asian American Student Union conference. In the past, we have hosted the East Coast Japanese American League, the Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue, and more.

Fall Events

  • Asian & Asian American Welcome Reception (A3WR)
  • Asian & Asian American Graduate/Professional Mixed
  • Mid-Autumn Festival

Spring Events

  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM)
  • CelebrAsian
  • Asian & Asian American Graduation