UChicago Taiwanese American Student Association
Founded in 2014, the University of Chicago Taiwanese American Student Association aims to explore Taiwanese culture as well as engage and educate the greater university community about Taiwan and Taiwanese culture. Our unique family system sorts TASA members into small, closely-knit families, where students can bond over Taiwanese culture in a more intimate setting. TASA holds many events throughout the school year, such as an annual Spring Lantern Festival, food workshops and a Lunar New Year hot pot celebration.
PanAsia Solidarity Coalition at the University of Chicago
PanAsia Solidarity Coalition is a student-run RSO at the University of Chicago dedicated to intersectional political advocacy centered on Asian/Asian-American identity. Without presuming that “Asian/Asian-American” are self-evident, stable, or homogeneous categories, PanAsia Solidarity Coalition strives to both work across national and cultural boundaries in solidarity for positive social change, and recognize difference as a basis for political action. Asians and Asian-Americans, however defined, are situated at the crossroads of various axes of marginalization, including class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, ability, and religion. Recognizing that the fight against white supremacist capitalist patriarchy in the United States is inextricably linked to ongoing struggles against settler colonialism, anti-blackness, and American dominance throughout the Global South, and that Asians and Asian-Americans are often complicit in these same violences, PanAsia Solidarity Coalition aims to provide a political platform to push for positive change and visibility. PanAsia Solidarity Coalition therefore seeks to build a politics of difference allied with other minority groups to promote “Third World” solidarity at the University of Chicago, and aims to work with other Asian identity groups on campus to provide complementary political and social spaces for students, such as discussions, events, current events-related programming, and published statements.
Active Minds: University of Chicago Chapter
Active Minds utilizes the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses. By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses, the organization works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.
UChicago South Asian Students Association
SASA aims to educate students about South Asian culture, history, and current events; entertain the University community with an array of cultural offerings; and engage members in a diverse, supportive peer network. SASA’s major events throughout the year are the Diwali celebration (Fall Quarter), the annual culture show (Spring Quarter, with preparations throughout the Winter), and Holi (Spring Quarter), but we also host a range of more intimate events to encourage thoughtful discussion and strengthen the SASA community (such as chai chats, mentor-mentee bonding events, trips to Devon Street, and collaborations with other cultural RSOs). Our events are open to all members of the University community, regardless of heritage or familiarity with South Asian culture, and everyone is free to come and learn, talk about important issues, eat great food, and meet new people!