APIDA Student Wellness

On this page you can find highlighted mental health services and resources intended for Asian, Pacific Islander, & Desi American (APIDA) students at UF

This list is not exhaustive and individual needs will determine if anything on this list is relevant.

Mental Health Resources for APIDA Students

Google Doc with Resources for APIDA Students

Groups & Workshops

Every semester the CWC offers numerous counseling groups and mental health workshops. Some of these address issues around identity and skill building. Below you can find examples of workshops and groups the CWC has held in the past as well as UF APIDA’s workshops and initiatives.
Stay tuned for more workshops.


Crossing the Globe was a collaboration between Engineering and Counseling and Wellness faculty to explore important topics related to coming to UF from abroad and living in the US.


The UF Gator International Focus Team (UF GIFT) regularly hosts a virtual space for international students and scholars to have a casual, interactive dialogue on a variety of important topics during the cross-cultural transition. Domestic students are welcome to attend as well. Take a break from school and come join us!


Indian Student Support Series

Held during Summer 2020.
Workshops: "COVID and I", "My Relationships and I", & "Time Management".


The CWC and UF APIDA work closely to provide workshops and events for students. Below are some we've held in the past.

7/21/20 & 8/11/20 - CWC Check-in @ APIDA

8/22/20 - Imposter Syndrome & Job Search

11/12/20 - Job Search Amidst Political Unrest & Anti-Asian Racism/Xenophobia

1/21/21 - Ready for the Spring Semester: Building Your Mental Muscles

2/16/21 - Culture of Saving Face and Mental Health

3/18/21 - Support Space After the Shootings in Atlanta

4/20/21 - Familial Expectations & Pressures


Here you can find podcasts that feature APIDA faculty, staff, and students at UF.

When I Became a Gator
Host Vi Payulert speaks with UF alumni about their experiences attending UF. This podcast is by the UF Asian Alumni Association.

CWC Talks – My Life as an International Student
Dr. Shu-Yi Wang came to the US from Taiwan as an international student. In this touching conversation, he shares intimately about his experiences transitioning to the US, and how these challenges shaped his relationships, self-esteem, and development as a person.



Aware Live is a series where your CWC Aware Ambassadors get on Instagram Live to discuss relevant and timely topics related to mental health. They share their experiences and suggest tips, strategies, and resources to support your mental health. Below you can find episodes featuring APIDA ambassadors.

APIDA Identifying Counselors


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Sangsun "Sunie" Kim, PhD

Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Assistant Professor
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Saloni Taneja, PhD

Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Assistant Professor
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Shinlay Rivera, PhD

Interim Training Coordinator, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Clinical Assistant Professor
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Shu-Yi Wang, PhD

Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Assistant Professor

APIDA Student Wellness YouTube Playlists

APIDA Mental Health Awareness
Movement & Relaxation

Asian American Student Union

UF Asian American Student Union was created to unify all the Asian American organizations on campus. Today, we are composed of the Chinese American Student Association (CASA), the Filipino Student Association (FSA), Health Educated Asian Leaders (HEAL), the Korean Undergraduate Student Association (KUSA), and the Vietnamese Student Organization (VSO).

Multilingual Brochures

With the support of CWC clinicians we have two of our brochures (our general brochure and “How to Bounce Back: Growing Your Resilience”) translated into Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.


UF Campus Resources

Asian Pacific Islander Desi Affairs as part of MCDA, provides educational, cultural, social and leadership development opportunities to support the success of APIDA students at the University of Florida. As part of UF APIDA’s efforts they’ve collected relevant UF organizations at the undergraduate, graduate, alumni, professional, and national levels.

UF’s Anti-Racism website The purpose of this site is to keep our community up-to-date on the work taking place at all levels across the university to understand our past, address racism and promote equity.

Resources Beyond UF

UNC Charlotte – Strategies for AAPI Students Navigating Race-Based Trauma

South Asian Mental Health Initiative & Network

Asian Mental Health Collective

Inclusive Therapists Mental Health Blog


ASPIRE: Diversity & Inclusion Program

At CWC, we value diversity and recognize the unique challenges students may face based on one’s race, ethnicity, color, worldview (religion, spirituality, and other values), age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, size, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information, veteran status, and the many other ways one might identify. We strive to create a supportive and empowering environment that is inclusive of all students.

We want to hear from you

Are there more resources we should include or other communities you’d like to see Aspire supporting? You can leave your comments and suggestions by following the link below to our feedback form.

ASPIRE Feedback Form