What is AASU?

The Asian American Student Union, originally established as the Asian Student Union, was created in 1993 to unify all the Asian American organizations on campus. Today, we are composed of the Chinese American Student Association (CASA), the Filipino Student Association (FSA), Health Educated Asian Leaders (HEAL), the Korean Undergraduate Student Association (KUSA), and the Vietnamese Student Organization (VSO).
The Asian American Student Union seeks to promote Asian and Asian American Awareness at the University of Florida. We are dedicated to educating the campus about Asian American issues, history, and culture through creative and stimulating events. In addition, AASU strives to be the premier source or political and social advocacy. Lastly we intend to foster dedicated, educated and well-rounded members who apply their unique talents for the greater benefit of the global/social community.
Click here to download the AASU Constitution.

AASU Sub-Organizations

UF CASA

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CASA

The Chinese American Student Association (CASA) is a “for student” and “by student” organization. The Chinese American organization strives to promote the Chinese and Chinese American heritage at the University of Florida campus and in the Gainesville community through social and community events. Members of CASA are comprised of Chinese and American students on campus united to show the appreciation of the Chinese culture–both of the old traditions and contemporary ideas, and of the Chinese American influence.

UF FSA

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FSA

The Filipino Student Association has many different programs available to the community. FSA is known for its dance, culture, and sports programs. We are part of huge events such as Def Talent Jam, the biggest competition in the Southeast, Barrio Fiesta, a cultural celebration of Filipino pride, or the VISA Talent Show, where FSA goes head-to-head with some of the university’s finest. FSA also takes part in many different intramural sports.

UF HEAL

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HEAL

HEAL (Health Educated Asian Leaders) is an organization of students representing various health-related fields at the University of Florida. We are here to bring together students pursuing a career in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing, and physical and occupational therapy. Our goal is to unite and build a network of diverse students with similar interests and career goals. Students are provided with the resources needed in order to be successful in furthering their professional ambitions.

UF KUSA

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KUSA

We stand for the Korean Undergraduate Student Association . The purpose of KUSA is to provide an avenue for students with common interests in Korean culture to come together. KUSA serves as a cultural and social organization that acts as a resource to educate and promote the culture and history of Koreans and Korean Americans. The KUSA strives to unite the Korean/Korean American community and promote the visibility of Koreans and Korean Americans on campus as well as in the greater society.

UF VSO

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VSO

The Vietnamese Student Organization’s purpose is to promote and share Vietnamese Culture, engage in community service, and enrich its members by developing leadership, citizenship, fellowship, and encouraging academic excellence. We are an organization built on unity and family. VSO is, first and foremost, a place where students can unite to meet people who share similar interests.

AASU Programs

Asian Kaleidoscope Month

For the past 22 years, the Asian American Student Union has proudly presented Asian Kaleidoscope Month—a month-long celebration of the histories, cultures, and contributions of Asians and Asian Americans in the areas of the Arts and Sciences, Entertainment, Education, Politics, and Sports. Throughout the month of October, Asian Kaleidoscope Month reaches out to the University of Florida and the Gainesville community through innovative and entertaining programming, lectures, panels, and workshops.

Freshman Leadership Program

The Freshman Leadership Program aims to cultivate creativity, maturity, and leadership skills through networking, team building, and community service. We aspire to give freshman an enjoyable first-year experience, while also educating upon APIA issues, to empower them to reach their potential within the Asian American Student Union, the University of Florida community and beyond.

Sparks Magazine

Sparks Magazine, a student-run Asian American publication, was established in 2011 at the University of Florida with the purpose of bringing a greater representation of the Asian American community to modern-day media. Through our publication in print and online, our vision is to be the vehicle for the Asian American voice.