When I first matriculated to Yale, I knew without a doubt that I wanted to involve myself with the cultural communities here. Since then, I have settled at home in the AACC, a place where my own goals are shared by others, under a common purpose. At the AACC, I feel like I am part of something much greater than myself. Indeed, this “larger body” is the Asian American Community. The amazing people I interact with, their stories, and the events we hold together have helped to shape my own perceptions of self-identity. I hope that everyone who gets involved with the AACC can share this experience.
-Derek Luzinda Mubiru, Yale College ‘19
About the Asian American Cultural Center Endowment Fund and the Dean Mary Li Hsu Discretionary Fund
The Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) Endowment Fund is managed by the Yale Investments Office. It was started by Asian American alumni in the Summer of 2007 for current Asian and Asian American Yale students. Each year, a portion of the endowment’s return is used to cover costs for one-off initiatives like anniversary celebrations that are not already funded by Yale and the remainder is set aside for AACC capital improvements projects to ensure the physical space continues to meet the needs of the growing Asian and Asian American student population.
As a former first generation student, this fund brings together access to so many educational options that I have cared deeply about. Your gifts allows that. You have done me a great honor by supporting the aspirations of Asian American students through the work of the Asian American Cultural Center. I see this fund, as a testament to the strength and spirit of the Yale Asian American community across generations.
- Former Dean Mary Li Hsu, Yale College ‘80
The Dean Mary Li Hsu Discretionary Fund, named after the first AACC Director to also serve as an Assistant Dean for Yale College, is similarly managed by the Yale Investments Office. It was started by Deron Quon ‘94 and group of other Asian American alumni in the Spring of 2021 in conjunction with the AACC’s 40th anniversary. The endowment’s return will be used to fund various initiatives that support first-generation low-income Asian and Asian American Yale students, including, but not limited to, research and travel grants for professional development opportunities, as this population is steadily growing over these last few years. Any excess funds will go towards supporting academic programs that promote Asian American Studies at Yale.
Donate to the AACC Endowment Funds
- To donate using your credit card click on the links below for each respective fund:
- In the Gift Details section, enter your contribution amount in the “Amount” box
- Select whether you want to make your contribution a one-time gift, a new pledge, or sustaining gift
- Complete the Contact Information section of the form as instructed and Additional Options as necessary
Donation by check should be made payable to “Yale University” and include Designation 38866-Dean Mary Li Hsu Discretionary Fund or Designation 17094-Asian Center Endowment in the memo field and mailed to:
Office of Development
P.O. Box 2038
New Haven, CT 06521-2038