FiND – Early Arrival Initiative

FiND, Forming our Identities through Networking and Development, is an Initiative in the Asian Pacific Islander Desi Affairs and is a Virtual and In-person program from August 27-29 for Fall ’20 semester and January 8-9 for Spring ’21 semester with monthly events throughout 2020-2021 for all incoming UF students who have self-identify as Asian/Asian American Pacific Islander Desi.

The program’s mission is to create a space to begin discussing and developing the Pan-ethnic Asian identity; to provide and introduce Asian and Asian American students in their first year on campus with support and resources to successfully adapt to the academic, co-curricular, personal, and social rigors of college, as well as the knowledge and skills necessary to persist during the remainder of their college experience.

FiND is a partnering with the Asian American Student Union (AASU),  Asian American Studies, UF Housing & Residence Education, and the UF International Center.

Registration is between November 2nd – December 18th!

FiND’s Goals
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    Academic Success

    Facilitate successful introduction of academic integration among first year students by providing access to advising and mentorship from campus peers, faculty, and staff; providing referrals to campus resources; and providing opportunities for academic skills development.

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    Interpersonal Growth

    Facilitate successful introduction of social integration among first year students by providing opportunities to connect with peers and build community; Facilitate exploration of, and involvement in, co-curricular activities and experiential learning opportunities.

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    Identity Development

    Facilitate personal exploration of the Asian American identity by raising self-awareness through exploring personal backgrounds, personality traits and behaviors, and social and political realities to discuss practical ways to build coalitions within the Asian American community and beyond.

Registration Form Below!
Deadline Friday, December 18th

  • UF Registered Name
  • I.e. Bangladeshi, Chinese, Indian, Korean, Pakistani, etc.
  • First generation if you are first in your family to attend college in America.
  • I.e. BioChem PreMed Track or Undecided
  • I.e. PACE, MFOS, Innovation Academy, or 'none'.
  • In a paragraph or more, please share why you are interested and what you hope to gain from joining the FiND?
  • In a paragraph or more, please reflect and share what does it mean to be Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander to you.
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