As early as 1988, Asian American students voice the need for campus resources to support and celebrate the growing Asian American student population at Indiana University. They initially propose an Asian American Studies program (AAST) and a cultural center—modelled after the Neal-Marshal Black Culture Center and La Casa Latino Cultural Center—aimed at exploring Asian American histories, communities, and culture. Driven to make campus feel more welcoming to Asian Americans, they teach experimental Asian American Studies courses. They start up ethnic student organizations and campus traditions including first Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in 1994. Due to Asian American students’ persistence, ingenuity, and activism, Indiana University launches the IU Asian Culture Center in 1998 and the Asian American Studies Program in 2008.