RIT Asian American Alliance
Abbreviation AAA
Recognition 2016
President Cynthia Chu
Vice President Celina Koh
Advisor Nancy Dimock
Members approximately 20 students
Meetings Biweekly meetings on Tuesday from 6-7 PM in the MOSAIC Center
Email AsianAmericanAlliance.RIT@gmail.com
Website fb.com/RITAsianAmericanAlliance

The Asian American Alliance (Abbreviation: AAA) was approved by the Club Review Board on November 3, 2016. It is an affiliate of the AALANA Collegiate Association


Mission

The AAA's mission is to empower students through political activism, community engagement, and social awareness of APIA (Asian and Pacific Islander Americans) issues.

We tackle APIA issues from social and political perspectives while still encompassing the intricacies of diverse Asian cultures, with emphasis on the idea that there is no one single Asian-American experience, but a multitude.

AAA seeks to be a place where people of all backgrounds can stand united to empower the community.


History

The RIT Asian American Alliance was inspired by University of Rochester's branch, which was created in 2015.


Social Media
Cynthia Chu created the -Facebook page on September 12, 2016. It currently has 230+ likes and is the club's main source of communication with people interested in discussing APIA issues. The page shares articles about

The first general interest meeting was on October 18, 2016 in the MOSAIC Center.



Events

2016 Meeting Topics

October 18, 2016: Identity

  • What is the Asian American Alliance?
  • Who are we?

November 1, 2016: Stereotypes

  • What are common stereotypes we're associated with?
  • History of stereotypes and how they came to be
  • Model Minority Myth
  • The effects of stereotypes

November 15, 2016: Beauty Standards

  • What beauty standards have you been held to?
  • Beauty standards in the US vs. Beauty standards in Asian countries
  • "Colorism" (or "Discrimination based on skin color")


2016 Events Language Barriers Panel:

  • For this event, we invite a few members of the RIT community to share their experiences with language barriers. This event was created because it showcases the diversity in experiences.