Asian American Cultural Affairs

Asian American Cultural Affairs is committed to working closely with students, faculty, and staff to advocate for Asian American student interests, concerns, and needs. The office also provides resources for individual empowerment and success; builds community; and creates social, cultural, and educational programming for and about Asian American experiences.

The office works to provide you with a place for exploration of identity issues, opportunities for mentoring, and the development of leadership skills, while supporting your personal and academic achievements.

For us, "Asian American" includes a vast spectrum of ethnic heritages: Southeast Asian, West Asian (Arab or Middle Eastern), South Asian, East Asian, Pacific Islander, Central Asian, Hapa and those who identify as multiracial. We want students to understand that Asia and the Pacific Islands stretch from the Philippines to Palestine, and Mongolia to Hawai'i.

Every year the office collaborates with the Asian Student Organization (ASO) to bring groundbreaking artists to campus; produce Columbia's coolest student-run magazine, Chi Tea; coordinate outings, film screenings, and social events; organize student performance and visual art showcases; and much more! All our events are open to the entire Columbia community. We hope you will join us on this journey of exploration!

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Ramona Gupta
Coordinator of Asian American Cultural Affairs
Multicultural Affairs | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 4th floor

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New Scholarship Opportunity for 2015!

Quincy Wong Scholarship

Deadline to Apply: February 01, 2015


  • Full-Time Columbia students who have acheived junior status or higher by the end of the Spring semester
  • Students able to demonstrate commitment to the Asian and Asian-American Community through a creative project within their major
  • Students who have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Students who demonstrate financial need through a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Award based on:

  • Merit, financial need, and creative project regarding Asian and Asian-American Community

Award Amount:

  • Maximum $2,500

For more details: Click here

Asian Student Organization

Welcome to Columbia and the Asian Student Organization (ASO)--the place to be when in search of your creative ohana (family)!

Ohana is our motto in ASO and in the office of Asian American Cultural Affairs; we're comrades working to bridge cultural gaps and build solidarity with each other.

We hope to work, love, and support you in all your life's endeavors.

Asian Student Organization (ASO) Meetings
Every Tuesday, 5:30pm
Multicultural Affairs | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 4th floor

Connect with us!

ASO Facebook groupASO Twitter page



2014 ASO E-board President-DK

Damaly "D.K." Keo | President

Major: Advertising Art Direction

Fun Fact: I am a warrior healer with Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

2014 ASO E-board Vice President-K'ea Times

K'ea Times | Vice President

Major: Vocal Performance

Fun fact: My dream is to become the first tetra-racial K-Pop artist. I want to sing in Korea because I love the music and the culture. This is one of the reasons why I joined Asian student organization.

2014 ASO E-board Secretary-Leilani Do

Leilani Do | Secretary

Major: Game Art

Fun Fact: I enjoy meeting new people. That's how I got involved with ASO. Ramona emailed me and I was really interested so I showed up. Next thing I know I have a second family and am apart of E-board.

2014 ASO E-board Multimedia Manager-Daniel Thao

Daniel Thao | Multimedia Manager

Major: Music Composition

Fun fact: I was, I am, I will always have… a mustache. But actually, I like to shave it whenever it gets too furry because I look better that way. Same thing goes for ASO, we look better when not hiding under a thick bush.

2014 ASO E-board Creative Director-Jasmine Hart

Jasmine Hart | Creative Director

Major: Animation

Fun Fact: I am Filipino-American, so I can relate to other Asian Americans and Filipinos in various ways. I know the stereotypes, have been stereotyped and branded "that smart Asian," and actually fit some of them. That doesn't mean I condone all of them though. Everyone is unique and has their own story to share.

2014 ASO E-board SOC Rep-Taylor Price

Taylor Price | SOC Rep

Major: Theater Acting & Management

Fun fact: I love learning about things outside of my "world" and figuring out how people think. After getting into anime and kpop I was interested learning about Asian culture and when I found out ASO I joined and have loved it ever since because I have meet so many people with similar interest.

Muslim Student Association
Assalamu'alaikum, Columbia! Are you Muslim and looking to connect with fellow Muslims? Are you non-Muslim and interested in learning more about Islam?

Come join us to talk, pray, have tilawah recitations, exchange views on things we often encounter as Muslims in America/in general (the good stuff, the bad stuff, how you were brought up, your opinion toward this rule and that rule...the list goes on). We can even go out and eat, find more mosques to go to, and explore Chicago!

There are a lot more fun things we can do at school than just discreetly exchanging salaams in the hallway (and doing nothing about it), right?

If you're up for a cool time, meet us on Mondays at 5pm at 618 S. Michigan Ave., 4th floor! Activity/discussion solely for social purposes. See you there! Wassalamu'alaikum!

Muslim Student Organization (MSA) Meetings
Every Monday, 5:00pm
Multicultural Affairs | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 4th floor

Connect with us!

Muslim Student Association Facebook group


Donna Nadira | President & SOC Rep

Dania Mukkahal | Secretary

Justin Graves | Treasurer

Event Calendar

Bookmark or subscribe to our Event Calendar to learn about great events relevant to Asian American communities both at Columbia and throughout the Chicago area!

Native Tongues 2014!

2014 Native Tongues poster by ASO

Asian Student Organization (ASO) presents Native Tongues: An annual spectacle filled with performances to move hearts and minds. Joing hte community as we celebrate the hard work of ASO's surrounding community. 

Time: Friday, November 14 @ 6:00-9:00PM, 623 S. Wabash, HAUS

Free with Columbia ID; Suggested Donation $2. *Donations goes towards our funds for spring trip to the Midwest Asian American Student Union Conference (MAASUC) 

Interested in performing? 


Featuring --

A night of student performances featuring headliner: 

ELEPHANT REBELLION - "Elephant Rebellion is a collective of artist, writers, and activists who use their talents to spread social justice and youth empowerment." This collective was inspired by th edrive and integrity of the late John Vietnam Nguyen who said, "The elephant is an emblem, representing the displacement we face as members of society. Elephants roam in packs, unified by mutual feelings, whether they are complacent or oppressed, and sound their yawp - bellowing and beautiful."

*WORKSHOP with ELEPHANT REBELLION - Tuesday, November 11th @ 5:30PM, 618 S. Michigan (more info to come)

Food for Thought - Lunch 'n' Learn Series

Food for Thought is a Lunch 'n' Learn series that gives you a chance to engage in lively, thought-provoking discussions about current issues relevant to Asian American communities. We serve food from different Asian cultures and often feature guest facilitators from other departments at Columbia and Chicago.

All Columbia students, faculty, and staff are welcome. Stay tuned for the next event!

Previous Food for Thought Topics:

  • Transnational Queer and Feminist Politics

Featuring guest facilitator Yasmin Nair, a writer, academic, and activist in Uptown, Chicago.
Co-hosted by the LGBTQ Office of Culture & Community

  • Preview of 19th Annual Asian American Showcase

Featuring guest facilitators Kim Turley, and Huu T. Ly of the Foundation For Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM)

  • Typhoon Haiyan: What is Our Responsibility?

Featuring guest facilitator Soo La Kim, Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching Excellence (CiTE) at Columbia College Chicago

  • Welcome to a New Year

  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Kickoff

  • APIA Icons & Heroes
Meet Our Staff

Ramona Gupta

Coordinator of Asian American Cultural Affairs

Multicultural Affairs
Columbia College Chicago
618 S. Michigan Ave., 4th floor
Chicago, IL 60605

Community Resources

Below is a compilation of Asian Pacific Islander American community organizations and resources throughout Chicago that are available to you. Click on the link to find out more about them! 

* Check back soon for our full 2014-2015 Asian American Cultural Affairs Resource Guide--or you can always come pick one up from the office!

Photo Gallery
Coming soon!

Our website got a redesign in August 2014, so we'll soon be adding more resources to this page, including

  • Upcoming events
    • Native Tongues (November)
    • Food for Thought Lunch 'n' Learn series (Spring, 2015)
    • BLEND (November & March)
    • Asian American Leadership Forum (January, 2015)
    • Lunar New Year Celebration (February)
    • Midwest Asian American Student Union conference (March)
    • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month programming (April)
    • Ohana APIA Student Leadership Retreat (TBD)
  • Ohana Peer Mentorship Program
  • Asian American Cultural Affairs and Multicultural Affairs lending library
  • Staff and student leader profiles
  • Chi Tea magazine
  • Community resources
  • Photo gallery

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