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Building Asian Representation Through Student-Driven Club

Posted: November 07, 2019 | Author: Savannah Byers | Read Time: 1 minutes

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI)

The Asian-American Student Alliance (AASA) is a relatively new club to the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), founded in 2018. AASA is a club created for students by students at Southern Utah University. 

“This is absolutely a student-driven club,” said Jason Ramirez, club advisor and assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students. “We have always wanted a club that represents and gives opportunities to Asian students.”

In higher education, the Asian population has statistically always been a large portion of students earning degrees; however, the group is typically less represented in various leadership and community roles. AASA hopes to unite students and bridge the gap.

“The purpose of the Asian-American Student Alliance is to inspire, empower, and unite Asian-American students,” the AASA Constitution reads. “The alliance aims to educate the community regarding challenges faced by Asian-Americans. Our mission is to build an inclusive community focused on the social and educational growth of its members.”

In their first year, the club had about 15 active members with lots of ideas and enthusiasm. This upcoming year, they hope to grow that number by developing their ideas and establishing the clubs identity and relevance in the CDI. 

“I think campus clubs are important because they give you a break from school, work, and stress,” said Sabrinah Cava, 2019-2020 AASA club president. “Clubs also give you a place to meet more people that may share a common interest with you.” 

All eight of the SUU diversity clubs at the CDI promote service, culture, and higher education within an exciting, accepting space. The CDI exists to validate the multiple identities present on campus and provide emotional, social, and financial support to students from historically underrepresented communities. 

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