Asian Union Student Board (ASUB) creates a space for belonging

It was a rainy day when representatives of the 2020-21 and 2021-22 Asian Student Union Board (ASUB) leaders gathered for a photo, but their Boilermaker joy and spirit brightened up the day. ASUB fosters the networking and collaboration of more than 17 Asian-interest student organizations on Purdue’s campus. Student leaders representing ASUB in the photo are:

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From bottom left to right are: Lawrence Xu, David Phan, Rose Wang, Sylvia Liu, and Eric Chong. From top left to right are: Jenny Zheng, Jackie Zhou, Stephanie Tom, and Eileen Yan.
  • Stephanie Tom, senior, Millburn, NJ
  • Eileen Ziyao Yan, senior, Carmel, IN
  • David Phan, senior, Columbus, IN
  • Eric Chong, senior, Chantilly, VA
  • Jenny Zheng, second year pharmacy student, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Jackie Zhou, senior, West Lafayette, IN
  • Sylvia Liu, junior, Carmel, IN
  • Rose Wang, sophomore, Beijing, China

Most of the current members of the Asian Union Student Board became involved with the organization after attending ASUB-sponsored events or through networking.  According to the former (2020-2021) ASUB president, Stephanie Tom, who is studying public health, connecting is what it’s all about.

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Stephanie Tom

“Student organizations, like ASUB, are so important to a student’s well-being. No matter the mission, these organizations create an open community space and give students a sense of belonging throughout their college career,” said Tom. “Many students, more specifically Asian students, come from areas that are highly populated with other Asians and are not used to being one of the few in a public setting. These student organizations give students a home away from home.”

When they first arrived on campus, David Phan and Rose Wang were surprised that there were so many Asian-interest organizations.

“The campus seems large, but connecting through the interest groups makes the community feel small,” said David Phan.

During his first year, Eric Chong had a very different surprise, “It’s extremely cold here at Purdue!”

Most of the current members of the Asian Union Student Board became involved with the organization after attending ASUB-sponsored events or through networking.  According to the former (2020-2021) ASUB president, Stephanie Tom, who is studying public health, connecting is what it’s all about.

Tom explains more about the groups ASUB coordinates: “These are Asian-interest, and not Asian-exclusive organizations. Participants do not need to identify as Asian, or even specific Asian groups. All they need is an interest and commitment to learn about the diversity of our Asian American and Asian communities.”

ASUB sponsors many different activities and events throughout the year. In the fall, they host a club fair for the Asian-interest organizations called Back2School Bash where organizations can host information tables to recruit potential new members. In addition, many students and organizations will perform to kick off the school year, creating a safe socializing place among the community. During the fall semester, ASUB also hosts the Taste of Asia, where attendees can try different foods from various Asian cultures.

Tom says that during the spring semester, ASUB events include a multicultural showcase and the Mr. Asia and Ms. Asia cultural pageants with candidates coming from the various organizations involved in ASUB. The showcase features a talk by an invited influential figure in the Asian community and students of ASUB who want to showcase their talents.

“This past year we experienced many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and a year full of social activism initiatives,” said Tom.

In response to the social climate last fall, ASUB and the Asian-interest organizations published a letter in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. And, recently, the board helped organize an Asian American and Pacific Islander Solidarity Rally.

All members agree that serving on the ASUB board allows them to further develop their leadership and communication skills outside of class and be a part of an organization that truly makes a difference on campus.  

Due to the pandemic, many ASUB events had to be held remotely to abide by the Protect Purdue guidelines and ensure the safety of the students. With the release of the vaccines, the ASUB executive board is looking forward to their gradual change towards normalcy. 

Jackie Zhou, ASUB’s incoming president for 2021-2022, looks forward to an active year.

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Jackie Zhou

“We are looking forward to holding in-person events for students with fully-vaccinated status to provide a more interactive platform and engagement in the community. The executive board will continue to strive to provide our students with the best experience possible while keeping safety as our number one priority.”

 

 

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