MAASU

About

The Midwest Asian American Students Union is a 501(c)(3) non-for profit organization that was started in response to a need for political unity among Asian American students in the Midwest. By 1990, there were more than 20 universities in the Midwest that had formed Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) organizations. Some had been around for years; some were in their infancy. Students felt there needed to be an organization that would support the growth of these organizations and organize APIA students in the Midwest for political activism, and MAASU was formed to fill this responsibility. MAASU works to recognize the needs of the APIA community by assisting schools with the establishment of APIA student organizations, promoting leadership among students, addressing educational needs and rights of the APIA community, and developing a channel of communication among APIA student organizations in the Midwest. The Midwest Asian American Students Union strives to recognize the needs of the Asian Pacific Islanders American (APIA) Community.

Objectives

The objectives of the Midwest Asian American Students Union are:

  • To assist schools with the establishment of APIA student organziations, APIA cultural center and/or an Asian American Studies Program
  • To promote leadership among APIA students through programs including, but not limited to, the Leadership Retreat, Spring Conference and other various programming
  • To address the educational needs and rights of the APIA community and provide scholarship information for all APIA students
  • To develop and maintain a channel of communication for APIA student organizations in the Midwest through e-mails, bi-weekly newsletter and networking
  • To assist and encourage all APIA students to work toward social change, by providing a forum for social consciousness
  • To unite all communities and strengthen the APIA community‘s stance against all forms of oppression

More information can be found on their website at http://www.maasu.org