Alex is a fourth-year double majoring in Anthropology and Business Economics. He is a board member for PanAsia Solidarity Coalition. Born in Middletown, New York and raised in Evanston, Illinois, Alex is an aspiring Korean American writer and hopes Break the Silence will continue to raise visibility and create positive change in the Asian and Asian-American community.
Rosalind is a third-year majoring in Computational and Applied Mathematics and Biology. She joined Active Minds in her first year and is currently the co-President of the chapter. Through her involvement with Active Minds, she hopes to play her part in raising awareness on mental health issues and dispelling the stigma surrounding mental health.
Manaeha is a second-year double majoring in Neuroscience and Public Policy. She is a board member of PanAsia Solidarity Coalition and a member of the Local Partnerships team of UChicago’s Global Health Alliance. She is Head of Digital Growth at Nafs, an organization seeking to create community and space for Muslims with mental health concerns. Through Break the Silence, she hopes to fuel the conversation around breaking down mental health stigmas prominent in various Asian American communities.
Laura is a fourth-year studying Chemistry and Music hailing from the Bay Area, California. She is a board member of UChicago Taiwanese American Student Association. Laura wishes that Break the Silence will help normalize conversations surrounding mental health, and equip Asian American communities with the resources to tackle mental health issues.
Fion is a second-year Comparative Literature major. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she is a board member of PanAsia Solidarity Coalition and a managing editor at Exploring Race. Through Break the Silence, Fion hopes to amplify the discussion around Asian-American mental health and encourage communities to take steps towards recognising and addressing these issues.
University of Chicago 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.
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.
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.