What is a hapa?

ha•pa (hä’pä) adj. 1. Slang. of mixed ethnic heritage with partial roots in Asian and/or Pacific Islander ancestry. n. 2. Slang. a person of such ancestry. [derived from Hawaiian]

What does Harvard Hapa do?

Our goal is to create a community of students identifying as hapa. We host an annual inter-collegiate conference about mixed race issues. In addition, we hold lots of social events to facilitate Harvard Hapa bonding and fun. For example, this past year we held a Valentine’s Day cookie baking event, a make-your-own small plates event (called Tapas With Hapas), an interracial dating discussion panel, parties featuring musical mashups (you may remember Summer Throwdown or After 8), and lots of dinners and study breaks with good food and good company.

This year we hope to start a mentorship program to connect upperclassmen and freshmen hapas.  We are also trying to bring prominent hapas to campus.  If you have any ideas of events you would like us to host, email suggestions to harvardhapa@gmail.com.

How can I get involved?

You can start by subscribing to our email list and joining the Harvard HAPA Facebook group. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be notified of all our upcoming events, so you can come out and meet other hapas!
If you want to be even more involved, you can apply for a position on the Executive Board. Elections are held once a year at the end of the fall semester – we’ll send out application instructions in advance on the email list.  If you would like to get involved with brainstorming and planning events now, email harvardhapa@gmail.com.