Asian, Desi, and Pacific Islander at Johnson

Group of Asian students posing for a photo.

Johnson is home to a multitude of Asian and Desi Americans, East Asians, South East Asians, South Asians, and Western Asians. ODI works closely with the Asia Affinity Business Association (AABA) to create opportunities for education around Asian cultures and to foster a community among the international Asian student organizations at Johnson.

Check out this resource created by Cornell’s HR for Diverse Living in Ithaca to learn about the multicultural community that is Ithaca.


Dean Nelson and Johnson students dancing on a stage in traditional Indian clothing.


Each Fall, the South Asia Business Club hosts their annual Diwali Celebration with entertainment by students, faculty, and staff, as well as delicious food catered by a local Indian restaurant!

People being served Asian cuisine.

Lunar New Year

The Greater China Business Club (GCBC), Korean Business Club (KBC), and South East Asian Club (SEAC) celebrate the Lunar New Year at the first Sage Social of the spring semester!

Man in white shirt sitting and gesturing while talking.


Each May, the United States celebrate Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Desi American Month. Due to the busyness of May, we celebrate this month in April, hosting Asian Alumni panels, a Fiery Chat, and social and educational programming.

Asian Affinity Business Association

With liaisons into the Greater China Business Club (GCBC), Korean Business Club (KBC), Johnson Japan Club (JJC), South Asian Business Club (SABC), and South East Asian Club (SEAC), Asian Affinity Business Association fosters a community that builds relationships among Asian MBA students at Johnson, provides professional support and mentorship, and promotes greater awareness and allyship of Asian American & Pacific Island (AAPI) heritage across the greater Johnson community.