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September 16, 2013 

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Last week, writer and religious scholar Reza Aslan spoke at Ohio State on the country post-9/11. There were several takeaways from his talk, one of these being: "Relationships are not just about meeting each other, it's about understanding other people's stories." I highlight this because it completely resonates with what we try to encourage as staff at the Student Life Multicultural Center. 
We can learn about other people's stories in a number of ways. One of these is through the media - and there has been a flurry of activity on my feeds in the past week that adds to the collective stories of Asians in America and in the world. Some of these include the story of Nina Davuluri, crowned Miss America, the first winner of Indian heritage; that of television personality and news anchor Julie Chen, who recently revealed having undergone eyelid surgery, which she felt pressured to undergo in order to be successful in her field (see more below); that of Vishavjit Singh, a Sikh New Yorker who documents the experiences of Sikhs in the aftermath of 9/11, and has introduced to the world a new Captain America. How do their experiences add to how you perceive yourself? How you perceive people of Asian descent? What it means to live in America?
However you identify, I hope you take advantage of the opportunities to go beyond meeting someone, to seeking to understand how their various identities impact how they are perceived and how they live their life, through conversation or learning through other mediums. These are not always easy conversations to have, and not all settings are appropriate, but this week, Ally Week, presents a number of great opportunities. This week, learn ways to be an ally, learn about the experiences of OSU students, and be inspired by the week's keynote from poet and activist, Ariel Luckey.  
I encourage you to take the time to reflect. What do your relationships look like? Are there identities you would like to learn more about? What would you want to share with others about your life? In doing so, I hope you find your hearts and minds open to new ways of thinking, new dialogues, and new experiences.



Annabelle Estera,
Intercultural Specialist


Did you not make very many friends on the first day of school? Well, then come to the very first Community Meeting (CM), hosted by Asian American Association (AAA)! This CM will allow you to mingle with members of the Asian American community and find out about upcoming events in the Asian American community! We'd love to hear ideas of how we can improve the Asian American community! Asian American Prom, anyone? 
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Join us beginning on Monday in the Multicultural Center (MCC) to pose for an Ally Week Photo explaining why you stand as an ally to a person, or a group, who is different from you, and to learn more about the different programs and activities you can get involved in during this week.


Owning Our Stories: Building Our Sisterhood Tuesday, September 17, 5:45-7:45pm

Together, Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color and the Student Life Multicultural Center have planned a special evening of lighthearted activities to increase your sister circles. Join us at the MCC for good music, food and raffles! Contact: Victoria Dunn.71@osu.edu

Asian American Association Community Meetings - September 18, 6:00-7:00pm

Come to the Student Alumni Council Room to meet AAA's executive board, share some ideas, learn about the inner workings, and connect with us at our community meetings.


Art of Recycling - September 18, 4:00pm

Coca-Cola and Ohio State's Office of Student Life will present a competition which invites students to create works of art from recycled materials. Whatever your artistic ability, join us at the RPAC to meet many student sustainability organizations and learn more about recycling opportunities both on campus and in the city of Columbus. 


Race, Religion, and Affirmative Action in Higher Education - September 19, 4-5:30pm

Join Dr. Julie Park at Hale Hall, Room 132, to discuss the role that anti-affirmative action policies have on the experiences students have concerning diversity and religion. She used a student organization, the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, as a case study to show how reductions in racial diversity impact the ability of students to sustain multi-ethnic communities. 


Ariel Luckey Performance - September 19, 7-9pm

In celebration of Ally Week 2013 and Hispanic Heritage Month, The Student Life Multicultural Center, in partnership with University Residences and Greek Life, are pleased to present Ariel Luckey in the US Bank Conference Theater of the Ohio Union. Ariel Luckey is a nationally acclaimed poet, actor and playwright whose performance and community work dances in the crossroads of education, art and activism. 


Lunch with Learning from Your Community - September 20, Noon-1:00pm

You're invited to a free lunch with the Center for American Islamic Relations! "Learning From Your Community", put on by Student Life Multicultural Center, provides consistent networking for students while exposing them to potential volunteer opportunities in the greater Columbus area. This program is in collaboration with Serve Corps.  


The Suffering Will Not Be Televised: Law and Disorder Week - September 23-27

Law and Disorder Week is a series of events, programs and dialogues that will explore topics that have recently come to the forefront regarding the law and how people of difference are (mis)treated. Cases such as Oscar Grant and the Zimmerman Verdict are well known, but there have been countless others. We invite the OSU community to join us as we explore these topics, create a safe place for exploration and move toward a more inclusive and informed Ohio State. Contact: TJ Stewart.652@osu.edu


The Role of Women in Muslim Societies - September 26 - 11:30am-1:00pm

A signature luncheon at COSI feauturing Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli, who served as Senior Adviser for Women's Empowerment to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and went on to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. 


Public Lecture by Amy Waldman, Author of The Submission - October 1, 7:30pm

The Office of First Year Experience is inviting all first-year students and the campus community to An Evening with Amy Waldman, author of The Submission, at Mershon Auditorium.  Waldman will discuss her journey in completing The Submission, a novel that reimagines the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks from the perspective of a committee who selects a memorial design for Ground Zero.  Contact Jenna dicicco.5@osu.edu


Controversial Conversations
Talk and reality show host Julie Chen tells a national audience about her experience with racism. "You will never be on this anchor desk, because you're Chinese" was what her boss said to her one day. What would you do if you were told that you could not achieve your dreams unless you got eyelid surgery? Click for the: Article   Video


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).
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. 

Nov. 14 - 16

Los Angeles, CA