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Asian/Asian American Community News & Events

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Trailblazer of the Month Returns!
Social Justice Engagement
Seeking Study Participants for Research Opportunity
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To those who are receiving this newsletter for the first time, let me offer a quick introduction. I'm Annabelle, and I work in the Student Life Multicultural Center. In particular, I work as a liaison to Asian/Asian American student initiatives. I am honored to serve in this role, which I began this past July! 

There are so many identities that are encompassed in these labels of "Asian (international)" and "Asian American," including heritages that stem from East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. It does not stop there though, as we continue into West Asia, and areas we know as the Middle East and the Arab World. We can add other social identities into the mix, including gender identity, religion, sexual orientation. We must also think about multiraciality as well as adoptee identities. And last, but certainly not least, I am here also to serve Pacific Islander students. 

These newsletters will keep you updated on events happening on campus that deal with various Asian/Asian American topics, other Student Life Multicultural Center events, internship postings, and general announcements. 

From MAASU Spring Conference being held here on OSU's campus next Spring, to the multitude of student events, to APAHM, and partnerships across the university (including, but certainly not limited to Asian American Studies, Institute for Korean Studies, Middle East Studies Center), there is so much to look forward to this year!
I'm here for the community, so please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or suggestions!



Annabelle Estera,
Intercultural Specialist
Upcoming Student Events!
Student organization meetings and events are well underway, and this is just but a small sample (!) of the many events!

There are many student organizations, including those that are based around an ethnic/cultural identity, around certain career fields, a capella groups, dance groups, religious groups, language conversation groups, Greek organizations, graduate/professional student groups, and more!

Looking for info on another organization in particular? Check out the Asian American Association website as well as the Ohio Union student organization directory

(Pssttt....Want your organization's event publicized here? 
Email me at estera.4@osu.edu at least one week prior to your event!)

Tuesday, August 27th 
6-9 PM
Great Hall Meeting Room 3, Ohio Union

Find out about the different South Asian organizations on campus and see how you can be involved and what events interest you occurring during the year. Munch on some snacks, enhance your South Asian experience, and win some gift cards!









Pilipino Student Association First General Meeting

Wednesday, August 28th

8:30 PM

Suzanne Scharer Room, Ohio Union


Are YOU Filipino? Are you NOT Filipino? Do you want to make Filipino FRIENDS?! Do you already know someone awesome that is Filipino and want to meet MORE awesome Filipinos?! 

The Ohio State University's Pilipino Student Association (PSA) is where you want to be! Come find out more about who we are, what we do, and more about Filipino culture! 



"The Amazing Race" OSU Edition,

Presented by TSA/KASA/MASA

Thursday, August 29

6:45 PM

Lazenby Hall, Room 2


The wonderful people of TASA, MASA, and KSA cordially invite you to participate in our very own Amazing Race! 

Everyone will be split into groups and work together to complete mini-challenges that will test your mental, physical, and creative abilities. What in the world are these tasks, you may ask? It's a secret; come and embrace the challenge!
It's also a great opportunity for freshies to learn how to navigate through campus, and discover "hidden" locations around OSU!

The first team that successfully completes all the activities will win PRIZES!

If anything, come to meet new (or old) people, and build friendships and camaraderie by accomplishing amazing things together!

In the case of inclement weather, we will just be having a movie/chill with TASA night. Munchies/drinks will be provided!


Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers 

First General Meeting

Thursday, August 29

5:30 PM

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Are you a Scientist or Engineer? Are you Asian or Asian American?

SASE is the ONLY Asian American organization at OSU for Scientists and Engineers. "The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) was founded in November 2007 to help Asian heritage scientific and engineering professionals achieve their full potential. Organizations existed for other affinity groups - The National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers - and there was a need for a similar organization where students representing all of the pan Asian cultures could connect and support each other. " Later on collegiate chapters were founded, one of which was the OSU chapter of SASE. The OSU chapter was the winner of the most recent INSPIRE award, ranking OSU as the premier SASE chapter in the nation.

For our first general meeting, we will be going over who we are as SASE, what kind of events we have (including professional, social, and volunteer), and what kind of opportunities will be available for you!


Japanese Student Organization Welcome BBQ

Friday, August 30

5:00 PM

Neil Building Courtyard


Come bring in the new year with JSO at the Neil Building courtyard. We'll be grilling up something good, so definitely come out and mingle! 



Indian Students Association Fresher's Party '13

Saturday, August 31

6:30 PM Onwards

Great Hall, Ohio Union


As we begin the new academic year this Fall, we look forward to continuing ISA's tradition of welcoming incoming Indian students to OSU. At the Fresher's Party 2013 we promise an evening full of fun, games, delicious Indian food and desi naach-gaana along with the chance to socialize with senior students as well as fellow incoming students. If you are an incoming student this will be one of the foremost events of the year where you get introduced to the majority of Indian students who have joined OSU in 2013 and so, don't miss this chance of making friends in this new country away from home.

You also get to meet the ISA board here-- quite an incentive, no? Jokes apart, we can't wait to meet you all. See you soon at the Fresher's!



Still looking for a course?
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Consider taking an Asian American Studies course with fabulous faculty and explore the possibility of taking the minor!

By minoring in Asian American Studies, you will have the unique opportunity to explore a range of questions and issues-such as immigration and racialization, ethnic and cultural identity formation, gender and sexuality, war and imperialism, transnational social linkages, and cross-cultural expressive practices-that are central to a critical understanding of our contemporary world.

Save the Date!

Chew On This
Monday, September 16th | 12:00PM - 1:00PM | Multicultural Center

Dine and dialogue alongside Asian/Asian American community members and friends on a new topic each month. Join us for the first meeting and learn about student organizations, academic departments, and offices that serve as resources to Asian/Asian American students. All are welcome, and lunch will be provided!

Asian American Association General Body Meetings 
Wednesday, September 18th | 6:00 PM | Student Alumni Council Room
Wednesday, October 16th | 6:00 PM | Creative Arts Room
Wednesday, November 20th | 6:00 PM | Creative Arts Room

Come Meet AAA's executive board, share some ideas, learn about the inner workings, and connect with us at our general body  meetings!

Dr. Rudy Guevarra | Thursday - Friday, October 17th - 18th 

Valarie Kaur
Thursday, November 14th | 6:00 - 9:00 PM | U.S. Bank Conference Theater

Come and watch "Divided We Fall," a documentary by interfaith leader and filmmaker, Valarie Kaur. Following, she will provide remarks and participate in discussion with the audience. 

Gregory Cendana
Wednesday, January 22nd | 7:00pm | Traditions Room, Ohio Union
Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance will be speaking on campus. 
Trailblazer of the Month Returns!
Each month we will feature student leaders making a difference in their organizations and in the Ohio State Community.  Do you know an individual or student group deserving of "Trailblazer of the Month" status? Let me know who and why...and they just may be featured here one month like our previous Trailblazers! 

Each video is a clickable link! 


                  Andrew Philip          
                Kimberly McKee                                                                                       
                 Suparna Reddy  

                                         Chris Sanders

                Andrea Chu 
         Zoe Tseng                                                                                   Hafsa Khan
                                                                                                                    Vigor Lam
Chau-Sa Dang
Social Justice Engagement: Courses, Workshops, Dialogues and Trainings!
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All Student Life Multicultural Center academic initiatives will now be under Social Justice Engagement (SJE). The mission of SJE is to help students to have an open mind while actively seeking to understand one's self and others in relationship to identities and culture.


Additionally, Educational Studies: HESA 2577 (formerly known as Leadership and Intergroup Dialogue) will now be called Crossing Identity Boundaries: A Journey towards Intercultural Leadership. In this course, students will learn the importance of working effectively with diverse populations. In turn, students will be able to leverage these skills into different careers and job possibilities. Three sections are available this Fall Semester (see Buckeyelink under ES HESA 2577). This course can be used to fulfill the Leadership Minor requirements. You can read the master syllabus here. For more information contact Dr. Mitsu Narui (Narui.1@osu.edu).


Seeking Study Participants for Research Opportunity
Writing and Emotions
Recruitment Announcement

Researchers in the School of Communication are working on a research project examining the effect of writing on emotions and attitudes. Asian adults age 18 and over have the opportunity to participate in this study and receive up to $5. To participate, you will be asked to complete a 15-minute online survey ($1), then attend a 1-hour laboratory session ($4). 

If you agree to participate in the laboratory session, you will be asked to complete some writing tasks. Afterward, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire.

We will ask for your name at the time of the experiment, but this information will only be used to verify that you only participate once. This information will be separated from your responses in order to maintain your confidentiality. 

You can choose not to participate without penalty. If you agree to participate, you can withdraw from the study at any time, and there will be no penalty. If you have any questions, please email Mao Vang at vang.18@osu.edu. For questions about your rights as a participant in this study or to discuss other study-related concerns or complaints with someone who is not part of the research team, you may contact Ms. Sandra Meadows in the Office of Responsible Research Practices at 1-800-678-6251.

Interested in participating? Email Mao Vang at vang.18@osu.edu!


Every Tuesday: Free Walk-in HIV/STI Testing
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The Student Life Multicultural Center (MCC) has partnered with the Student Wellness Center (SWC) to offer another free walk-in HIV/Chlamydia/Gonorrhea testing site on campus. During Fall and Spring semesters, testing will be offered every Tuesday between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Campus community members can test for HIV antibodies by an oral swab, no blood or needles, and in a safe and secure location inside the MCC. HIV test results are provided within 20-40 minutes. Walk-in testing is on a first-come, first-serve basis; the last client is 30 minutes prior to the end time.


The partnership between the MCC and SWC was created in order to offer more convenient HIV/Chlamydia/Gonorrhea testing locations on campus. The college aged population makes up 21% of the population in this country, but 39% of new HIV infections. Minority students' risk is even higher.

The ability to provide free HIV/Chlamydia/Gonorrhea testing in the MCC to members of the campus community is with the support of the Ohio Department of Health and Columbus Public Health. Students have multiple free testing options to choose from on campus, including by appointments in the SWC and weekly walk-in testing at the SWC (Thursdays) and MCC (Tuesdays).


Please take advantage of the services provided. If you would like more information, please contact the MCC at 614-688-8449 or email us at mccinfo@studentlife.osu.edu.

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