Asian Student Council (ASC) is an "umbrella organization," whose purpose is to promote unity among the Asian organizations. Its members are inclusive of any who wish to come to its meetings on Mondays at 6pm in Washington 201, and it functions in all practical sense to organize a meeting between all the club heads: the highest ranking officer or designated "liason" of the Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Japanese, South Asian, and Vietnamese student organizations. It is organized by six outside officers, a variety of people from the various Asian organizations.
The Chinese Student Organization (CSO) is made up of culturally enthusiastic, goal-oriented, and fun-loving students. One of the club's main objectives is to create an academic and interactive social environment, as well as provide a setting for Chinese students to engage and share their cultural experiences with other members. CSO has consistently worked to develop strong relationships with the College administration, other W&M student organizations, CSO alumni, and Chinese student organizations at other universities. In addition, the club annually takes part in a number of awareness-raising performances that showcase Chinese culture and tradition through the forms of dance, skits, and songs.
FASA's (Filipino American Students Association) main objective is to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the rich Filipino-American culture to all students of the college and community.
Hindu Student Alliance (HSA) is a non-sectarian international forum targeted towards but not limited to the education and promotion of the Hindu cultural and spiritual heritage. HSA honors each member's own religion and HSA does not promote any type of conversion. Students, faculty members, and all other academicians are welcome to join. HSA also provides opportunities for non-academic individuals to work and identify closely with the objectives and programs of HSA.
IPAX is the International Performance Arts eXchange. The mission of IPAX is to expand perspectives, expose worlds never before experienced and inspire others to engage the arts on a personal and artistic level. Professor Francis Tanglao-Aguas, along with several other students, created IPAX in the Spring of 2007 after the production of Ramayana La'ar and officially became an organization of the College of William & Mary on December 2007. IPAX carries the legacy of the AATC (African American Theater Club) and it is thus historically significant to the William & Mary community. As of late, the organization is currently based in Williamsburg, Virginia but hopes to expand its performance space internationally.
The Japanese Cultural Association encourages to promote awareness and understanding of the Japanese culture and society at the College of William and Mary. We host various events such as Culture Night, Fall Festival, and Paper Crane Campaign. The organization also works to cultivate multilateral relationships with other cultural organizations.
Korean American Students Association This association was founded in 1984 by a small group of Korean students and established as the first Asian organization on campus. Students from a variety of backgrounds - second generation Korean-Americans, international students, or those simply interested in the Korean culture - come together as members of this organization. The Korean American Student Association strives to promote awareness and appreciation of Korean culture.
The purpose of the Middle Eastern Cultural Association (MECA) is to educate the college and community about Middle Eastern culture and history. Today, more than ever, understanding the Middle East outside of the political realm is necessary for keeping in touch with our humanity. Politicians, social commentators and journalists have spoken and written about the "clash of civilizations" that they foresee in the aftermath of the devastating 9-11 attacks on the United States of America. However, what these "experts" have failed to understand and mention is that the only clash that exists is a clash of ignorance. To combat this clash of ignorance, it is MECA's mission to educate the Williamsburg community about the many similarities that exist today between citizens of the Middle East and citizens of the United States. These similarities are the basis for which both peoples can realize and understand that they share the same values and principles, which will lead to greater harmony and peace between the two peoples.
The Muslim Student Association has been a family to me since my freshman year and I hope we can be the same to all of you. I remember feeling such a mix of emotions as I began my college career, and the MSA provided a safe space where everyone, Muslim and non-Muslim, was welcome and appreciated as a part of the community. With that said, the executive board is here for whatever you need! Please feel free to reach out to any of us - we'd love to hear from you!
Created in October 2005, the Persian Student Organization hopes to enhance diversity in William and Mary by promoting the Persian culture and heritage.
The South Asian Student Association (SASA) is an undergraduate student organization at the College of William and Mary dedicated to promoting cultural unity and awareness in the college community and among its members. The countries of South Asia are: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. Some of the goals that SASA strives to meet are: to educate the College community of South Asian culture and heritage through educational, social, and charity events, to encourage students to learn, experience and continue South Asian culture, to gather and round up students in addressing critical issues that face the South Asian community in the United States, and to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for the College community members interested in South Asian culture.
The Vietnamese Student Association of the College of William and Mary was founded in 1988 and has been growing ever since! Our organization is made up not only of students of Vietnamese descent, but of students who are simply interested in Vietnamese culture as well.