“We're good, We're hot, We're ASA!” That’s the chant the students from the Asian Student Alliance cheer after their meetings. Their meetings, which are held every Thursday evening, have such an amazing vibe and energy. ASA is an organization that consists of about 30 DU students who are energetic, passionate, fun and incredibly active in the community.
Their focuses are academic, political and social aspects pertaining to the Asian Pacific American population on the DU campus through community events, volunteering networking with staff and other student organization leaders. ASA has a strong presence on campus and has been recognized for their strong community engagement.
Chair of Public Relations, Joie Ha, says they have a strong group of alumni supporters and a strong set of officers who ensure ASA continues producing innovative leaders. “We definitely know how to have fun, but we also sit down and efficiently use our meeting time. Next weekend we’re having our annual ASA Spring retreat where we go up to the cabins for a weekend, cook, hot tub, hang out, and more importantly, use that time to reflect on our mission, our goals and help the younger classes establish a strong forefront for the upcoming year as they will be taking over most positions.”
Students who are involved with ASA are incredibly well rounded, participating in intramural sports, philanthropy, student government, campus life, academic achievements and of course, the social scene.
Students like Vanessa Teck, Joe Young, Charles Medaris, Joseph Zhang, and Travis Kiatoukaysi have even lead ASA a step further and have created an organization called Project Ava, a website dedicated to sharing meaningful stories that move young advocates of social justice and create a platform for students to share their experiences and stories through multimedia projects. Many of the ASA members were founders in this organization. From the website to its mission, these students built this organization from scratch.
ASA members spend a lot of time together, so in order to avoid all work and no play, ASA plans a social event every other week to ensure fun is being had. There are nights where they go out to dinner, host gaming tournaments, go bowling, take a Sushi class, or ice skating.
Alex Phan, a second year Biology major says, “I look forward to Thursday nights- we have so much fun at our meetings….I was a commuter student so didn’t have the same opportunity to make friends in college, but ASA has really helped me connect with more people from DU. Everyone is so involved and it’s only pushed me to become more active on campus.”
Although it is called the Asian Student Alliance, you do not need to be Asian to join or participate in their events. ASA, like most student organization, are open for any DU student to join.