Although college can be a time for students to branch out and try to discover themselves as people, it’s still important to retain values and customs.
Taking this into consideration, the Asian Students Integrated Association, also known as ASIA, strives to promote a mutual understanding, respect for and appreciation of the diverse racial ethnic entities within Clarion University, especially the Asian culture.
One of several minority organizations at Clarion University, it has been around for several years; however, it had not been active recently until this year.
Because it is its first semester of revival, President Breanna Greggs explains that the primary goal right now is recruitment.
Greggs said, “One of the reasons I decided to come to Clarion was because of the Asian organization.”
So, as a freshman, she said she is looking forward to planning future projects and events to attract students that are interested in keeping the Asian heritage alive.
So far this semester, ASIA hasn’t had any activities, but Greggs hopes to pair with other minority organizations such as SALSA, the Spanish and Latino Association, to celebrate and recognize various kinds of cultural holidays.
Greggs said, “Starting next semester, hopefully when we have more members, I plan on focusing on as many Asian holidays from all different countries, like Chinese New Year, the Lantern Festival, and other Vietnamese and Korean holidays.”
There are currently around 18 members involved, and they are accepting anyone of any background. ASIA’s goal is to create a safe and friendly environment for Asian students on campus who seek guidance with issues particular to minority students, and Greggs says she is optimistic for the organization’s future.
ASIA’s meetings are held Thursdays biweekly at 6 p.m. in Gemmell 250, and anyone of any heritage is welcome to attend.