Asian Student Union (ASU), formerly Asian Students United, is the successor of the Asian Pacific Americans Association (APAA) that was formed in the Fall of 2005. Under the predecessor APAA, IUPUI started the tradition of the Asian Heritage Month Fashion Show in the April of 2008 which is the longest running fashion show on campus.
ASU, established in the Summer of 2008 was founded by students Thint T. Cho and Nhat Ta to serve IUPUI's growing Asian and Pacific American student community. Nhat Ta served as the 1st of many Presidents of the ASU. The Multicultural Center (MC) was opened in the Summer of 2008 as the Multicultural Center (MC) where the ASU was and is currently housed.
ASU provides students with the opportunity to heighten their awareness of a diverse array of Asian Cultures. Established as a safe space for Asian students at IUPUI to explore and understand their identity, ASU has expanded to involve all students on campus to socialize with peers and make an impact on the larger Indianapolis/global community. While at our interactive meetings, participants can expect to socialize with other members and learn about multiple ways to be engaged in multiple cultures inside and outside of the Asian community. All members are invited to participate in the organizing that goes into creating our programs. There is still much work to be done, but the ASU remains committed to providing IUPUI with a rich and diverse campus for all students to enjoy.
The ASU remains committed to giving back to the community. In the past we have partnered with the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) to do workshops with area high school students of Asian ancestry. Several times a year we also work with Be The Match to register and test all possible donors into the National Marrow Donor Program.
We believe that happy members equals a happy organization. Every year we plan different social events both on and off campus for all to enjoy. Past events have included: haunted house trips, ice skating, group snowboarding trips, Halloween pumpkin carving contests, and summer camping retreats. This year we hope to connect with our fellow alumni. Do you have a suggestion? Let us know!
Exploring Asian Pacific American culture through programming is a big part of what we do. Every year we host workshop around themes such as: stereotypes, identity, racism, sexuality, and mental health. The Multicultural Center (MC) works with us to do film discussions around films such as "Vincent Who?". Many of our cultural programming events fall under the period of Asian Heritage Month.