Midwest APIDA Students Union (MAASU)

Midwest APIDA Students Union (MAASU)

Midwest APIDA Students Union (MAASU) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization run by Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) undergraduate college students for APIDA undergraduate college students. MAASU innovates and strives to meet the needs of others while aiming to create programming to empower and help develop student leaders and provide

Midwest APIDA Students Union (MAASU)

Midwest APIDA Students Union (MAASU) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization run by Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) undergraduate college students for APIDA undergraduate college students. MAASU innovates and strives to meet the needs of others while aiming to create programming to empower and help develop student leaders and provide resources for social advocacy and political unity within the Midwest. Samples of MAASU’s programming include Leadership Summit (LS), Spring Conference (SC), and MAASUx. We also collect and provide resources while establishing a network of alumni and undergraduate student organizations amongst schools in the Midwest.

About the Organization:

Midwest APIDA Students Union (MAASU) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization run by Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) undergraduate college students for APIDA undergraduate college students. MAASU innovates and strives to meet the needs of others while aiming to create programming to empower and help develop student leaders and provide resources for social advocacy and political unity within the Midwest. Samples of MAASU’s programming include Leadership Summit (LS), Spring Conference (SC), and MAASUx. We also collect and provide resources while establishing a network of alumni and undergraduate student organizations amongst schools in the Midwest.

organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

31+ YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

National

organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

31+ YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

National

The Issue:

APIDA undergraduate students in the Midwest lack institutional support for social advocacy and leadership development. From budget cuts to Multicultural Center programming due to the pandemic to the consolidation of Asian American Studies departments to an undefined Ethnic Studies major, colleges and universities in the Midwest simply do not have the resources to serve the needs of APIDA students. For example, The Ohio State University, the largest university in Ohio and one of the largest in the country, does not have an APIDA advisor on staff. In MAASU's own post-conference surveys, students expressed their need and desire for growth in leadership and social advocacy, but were unsure on where to learn the skills and receive the resources and what to do next. Students also expressed the need to contribute back to their university and student organizations, but again expressed uncertainty on how to approach social advocacy with their student organizations.

The Solution:

In response to the lack of institutional support from Midwestern colleges and universities, MAASU will host a leadership academy for APIDA student leaders. This academy will develop leadership skills in social advocacy as well as introduce an in-depth understanding of advocacy through the lens of the student's intersectionality to college campuses. Through workshops and notable speakers, our curriculum will focus on navigating predominantly white universities, an environment that leaves little room for both social advocacy and leadership development as APIDA individuals. In addition to our existing conference programming, we will hold these workshops bi-weekly for the duration of the academic calendar, continuously providing support for APIDA students throughout the Midwest. These workshops aim to set student leaders up for long term success, expand past personal social advocacy by building the framework for their organizations to take part, and ultimately provide the resources and support many of these universities rarely provide.

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