Asian American Studies Outreach (AASO)

Students, staff, and faculty gather in the AsAmSt/AASO/CAPAY office space to share final course projects.

What is AASO?

AASO was established in 2004 by a core group of students taking Asian American Studies courses who wanted to create on-going opportunities for themselves and others to be more active both on campus and in the local Asian American communities.

AASO was formed to address the needs of Asian and Asian American students here at UMass Boston and to represent student commitments in UMass Boston's Asian American Studies Program. Our goal is to provide a safe environment where you can:

  • Connect with fellow students, resources, and strategies to deal with issues such as financial aid, class registration, racism and cultural conflicts, Asian American Studies courses, going to graduate school, and anything else you want to share.
  • Learn about current Asian and Asian American events happening on campus as well as in the Greater Boston area and nationally.
  • Come and make new friends! You can stop by anytime just to say hi, talk, hang out, and get involved.

What does AASO do?

In addition to offering direct individual support, AASO organizes events and projects to highlight Asian American issues. We also collaborate with the Asian Student Center campus club and the Institute for Asian American Studies to sponsor activities ranging from cultural shows and film showings to hosting forums about specific issues like the WPR (Writing Proficiency Requirement) on campus and immigrant rights in the community. We are always looking for your suggestions and participation.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • We maintain a list of community internship and employment opportunities for students who are interested in working in local Asian American community settings.
  • In 2006, we organized a campus presentation by nationally-known hip-hop author/critic, Jeff Chang, with outreach to Asian American and African American high school students and community members.
  • We provide a multilingual translation/support mechanism for campus and community members to draw on the native language expertise of UMass Boston's Asian immigrant & international students.
  • We work with the Coalition for Asian Pacific American Youth (CAPAY), a youth leadership development program serving Asian American high school youth from metro Boston.
  • We have participated in community celebrations such as the Khmer (Cambodian) New Year celebration in Lynn and the Vietnamese New Year in Dorchester.

Who is in AASO?

AASO is a program developed by both undergraduate and graduate students on campus. We are from different Asian ethnic backgrounds, academic interests, and lifestyles. However, we share a common passion for Asian and Asian American activism, mentoring, and counseling. Some of us are volunteers, interns, work-study students, or just friends from Asian American Studies classes. AASO is a flexible program and we respect who you are. Contact us or come on in to find out and do more!

The Asian American Studies Program

Wheatley Hall
2nd Floor
Room 097
Boston, MA