I’m Meghan McKinley and I’m an Ethnic Studies Major with a Women’s Studies Minor. My work on campus focuses on the empowerment of women of color in the community and solidarity between communities of color on campus. I’ve spent time in the Theatre and Film department advocating for inclusivity and representation of people of color. This past semester, I organized and launched the Asian Student Union (ASU) on campus and am currently President of the organization.
I chose ASU for my Falcon Funded project as it’s dear to my heart and something I would love to see grow and flourish in the upcoming years. As a freshman, I wish I had an organization like this where I could meet Asian American students like myself and develop my voice in social justice. I launched this organization so other students will. The Asian Student Union’s mission is to create an environment of unity, collaboration and political awareness within the Asian and Multicultural community. We want to ensure that our members have a welcoming space to explore their identities and discover themselves.
This fund impacts BGSU in beautiful and powerful ways. There is a severe lack of representation of and spaces for Asian American students on campus to connect with one another, which is why this organization plays a critical role in our campus’ initiatives for more inclusive and diverse spaces. Our goal is bringing together our multicultural students in solidarity while giving them spaces and opportunities to express themselves politically, creatively and academically. ASU is building a foundation that will promote and encourage students on campus to get involved and utilize their voices for change. Supporting the Asian Student Union means supporting strong Asian American students who are committed to making this University a place where all students can find a home away from home.
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