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Asian/Asian American Community News & Events

September 3, 2013 

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Upcoming Student Events
Are you a Singer or a Dancer?
Paid Internship with the Middle East Studies Center
Seeking Study Participants for Research Opportunity
Advancing Justice Conference and Travel Stipend
Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color
Save the Date!
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Making my way around the many involvement fairs, meetings, and events these past couple of weeks, I've enjoyed meeting many new people myself, but also seeing other people connect. Indeed, one of my favorite things about the beginning of the year is seeing connections being made. They pave the way for new possibilities, new opportunities, new friendships. I'm excited for what these connections will bring this year! If you're thinking about checking out an organization or event, I highly encourage you to check it out, and bring a friend!

Most people who know me know that I love the arts, so I do want to draw the attention of all you singers and dancers out there who might be seeking an artistic outlet to the auditions that are coming up this week and next! A number of them are listed below.

Additionally, if you are an undergraduate or graduate student looking for a paid internship this year, check out the post below describing an open position with OSU's Middle East Studies Center. If you're interested, make sure to get your application in by next Monday, September 9th. 

And last, but certainly not least, remember to support our friends as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month throughout the month of September. The Student Life Multicultural Center and partners across campus have a wonderful month planned!



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, September 3
7:00 PM
Creative Arts Room, Ohio Union

Join the sisters of Kappa Phi Lambda for an interactive workshop and learn about our local philanthropy GivingBackLife and the struggles of orphans in China by participating in an exciting activity. 










Graduate Pan-Asian Caucus 

1st Social Gathering

Wednesday, September 4

5:00 PM



Come out and meet other graduate and professional students over Happy Hour at Marcella's!


Are you a singer or a dancer?

We're in audition season! These are some of the groups that are looking for your talent!
A Capella

Auditions Tuesday and Wednesday evening (9/3-9/4) for both groups. 
Click the links above for audition times, locations, and contact information!


*Please note that some groups require attendance on only one date as both workshop and tryout; others require attending both a workshop and tryout session on separate days*

                                                         OSU Genesis

Tuesday, Sept. 3 and Wednesday, Sept. 4th at 9 PM 
at the RPAC; meet in the LOBBY.

Thursday, Sept. 5 at 9 PM at the Women's Field House 
                                  (located by Lincoln Tower).

Wednesday, 9/4, Ohio Union, Dance Room 1 (basement)
10:30 PM-12:00 AM
Thursday, 9/5, Ohio Union, Cartoon Room 2 (3rd floor) 
9:30 PM-12:00AM


Wednesday, Sept. 4th, 9-11pm, Union Dance Room 2
Thursday, Sept. 5th, 8:30-10:30pm, RPAC Multipurpose Room 5


                                                                Buckeye Bhangra

Tuesday, Sept. 10 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM | Dance Room 2
Wednesday, Sept. 11 | 8:30 - 10:00PM | Cartoon Room


Thursday, Sept. 12th | 7:30 - 8:30 PM | Dance Room 1 
Paid Internship with the Middle East Studies Center
The Middle East Studies Center in the Office of International Affairs is now accepting applications for an internship through August, 2014. Applicants should have strong research and writing skills, and a demonstrated interest in issues of race and ethnicity. Hours for the internship will range from 10 to 15 per week, at approximately $10 per hour. No benefits are provided.

Click here for the full flyer!

Email resume and letter of interest (no more than two pages) by Monday, September 9, 2013 to:


Danielle Cooke
Middle East Studies Center
321 Oxley Hall
1712 Neil Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1219 USA 



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!


Advancing Justice Conference




Hosted by Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the Advancing Justice Conference 
is the first and only national conference that focuses on civil rights and social justice in the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The conference brings together Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from across the country to address issues facing these fast growing communities. It serves as a unique forum where stakeholders can learn from other community experts, discuss common challenges and opportunities, share best practices and find ways to work collaboratively. Conference attendees participate in three days of programming, including panel discussions, caucus sessions, skills and capacity building trainings and networking receptions.


Nov. 14 - 16

Los Angeles, CA


Apply for a travel stipend by Friday, September 6!


Owning Our Stories: Building Our Sisterhood

Whether you're new to campus or returning for your final, triumphant semester, establishing yourself far from home or "from just around the corner"- we hope you'll join us for "Owning Our Stories: Building Our Sisterhood."

Together, Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color and the Student Life Multicultural Center have planned an evening of lighthearted activities to increase your sister circles.  You'll meet others-undergraduates, graduate and professional students, faculty and staff - who are committed to creating safe and supportive spaces for women of color here at OSU.

We'll share information about an entire year of programs focused on women of color and surrounding a common  theme-owning or embracing our truths.  You'll even hear a sneak preview of this year's retreat for women of color-OWN It! Defy Your OBSTACLES, Develop a WINNING Strategy and Discover Your NEXT Great Opportunity.

Of course there will be good music, food and at least two raffles, so you know you'll have a great time!  We hope to see you on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the Student Life Multicultural Center.  We'll get started at 5:45pm, but no worries - if you're a little later than that, we'll be there until 7:45pm.

Looking forward to building with you!
Save the Date!

South Asian Student Association Dance Workshop: Introduction to Bharatanatyam
Thursday, September 12th | 6:00 - 8:00 PM | Great Hall Meeting Room 2

No dance experience required! Learn a classical Indian dance, create an amazing experience, and have a great time with friends!

Chew On This
Monday, September 16th | 12:00PM - 1:00PM | Multicultural Center
Wednesday, October 9th | 12:00 - 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, though space is limited!

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.