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July 2, 2024

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Asian Student Association brings harmony and inclusivity to campus
ASA members and attendees at the Chinese New Year celebration in the Lower Level, Vistatech Center. Photo courtesy of the Asian Student Association.

If you are looking for a club to join that brings harmony and inclusivity to campus check out the Asian Student Association (ASA). ASA is one of Schoolcraft College’s many unique clubs offered on campus, providing a space for Asian students, international students and students of all backgrounds to celebrate and learn about Asian culture. The club is run by adviser Anna Maheshwari, club president Ashley Xu, and club members Nicholas Kim-Moyer, Adyean Mennon and Nivetha Manikandan. Together, everyone works to create ASA’s unique events, meetings and beautiful tight-knit community. 

“Sharing the common thread of our heritage or interest in Asian culture ties our group together, builds trust and promotes connections between members,” said Xu. She explains that for many students in the club, ASA provides a chance for older members to take on roles of mentorship and encouragement. Many of these mentors are commonly international students seeking to offer encouragement to others with similar experiences or struggles. 

“It’s a fun club, we get to celebrate our identities, meet similar people and celebrate our values and heritage,” expressed club member Nick Kim-Moyer during an interview. Members enjoy the aspect of ASA in which they can compare experiences and connect with others in a welcoming environment.

In its essence, the club is built upon four different goals: to celebrate a diversity of cultures, promote social justice, cultivate community and encourage inclusivity. Through these goals, the club works towards building cultural awareness and intercultural communication on a larger scale. ASA organizes enjoyable cultural events, educational opportunities and noteworthy conversations to better understand each other and overall enjoy the company of people. 

Club members truly have a special connection to the people they meet and the fact they can bond over a shared appreciation of culture. 

ASA member Nayan Wayawadigi, said “The ASA values inviting cultural values from all over the Asian countries the most.” In addition, another member named Brandon Quinney added, “My favorite thing about the ASA is how I’ve gained a rich understanding of cultures that aren’t my own. Having that worldly perspective is important.”

In the future, consider becoming a part of the Asian Student Association and join them at one of their upcoming events. 

Their Bubble Tea Social Hour will take place on Thursday, March 21, 2024 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lower Level, Vistatech Center. Attendees can sample some Bubble Tea, snacks, join in on crafts, origami and games. They are also participating in the Multicultural Fair on Thursday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the DiPonio Room of the Vistatech Center. 

Any students looking to get involved should stop by the club meetings every Tuesday in the Lower Waterman Vistatech Center from 12:30-1:30 p.m. 

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Caitlin Cherry
Caitlin Cherry, Campus Life Editor
Hi there! My name is Catie Cherry, this is my second semester with the Schoolcraft Connection, but my first semester here as Campus Life Editor! I am majoring in general studies but I am hoping to transfer to university in the fall of 2025 to study graphic design or environmental science. I figured joining the Connection newspaper would help me exercise my love of writing, and it’s been a great opportunity to do just that, as well as be more active on campus! In my free time, I am very artsy and LOVE anything to do with painting, creative writing, poetry, reading, drawing, jewelry-making, clay sculpting, gardening, greeting card making, flower pressing, photography, and so much more.

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