ASON: Asian Student Organizing Network

About

Asian Student Organization Network (ASON) is an exciting opportunity for Asian American-serving student organizations to partner with North Carolina Asian Americans Together. ASON aims to be a resource for intercollegiate student organizing, dialogue, and opportunity sharing. Member organizations will gain access to NCAAT resources such as mini-grants, civic engagement opportunities, youth team support, and political education to your Asian American student population (from workshop ideation and implementation to speaking engagements and more!)

ASON is inspired by the broader legacy of the Asian American movement. The coining of the term “Asian American” originated from student activists Emma Gee and Yuji Ichioka in the 1960’s and with the foundational organizing of Black, Indigenous, and Chicano/a folks. The creation of “Asian American” as an identity transformed and politicized for many what it meant to be an Asian person living in the United States. Students and young people have always been at the forefront of this change.

Campus Mini-Grant Program

As members of ASON, student groups who work with us become eligible for mini-grants of up to $500. Grants are awarded to student groups interested in carrying out programming related to civic engagement. This can look like voter registration drives, educational events, or something else that has a direct tie to civic engagement. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

 Questions? Contact contact@ncaatogether.org

Who should apply

  • Asian American-serving, student-led organizations who want to grow their network and presence in N.C. by connecting to NCAAT, other organizations, nonprofits, and resources
  • Student groups that are looking for support on thinking through and creating programming, workshops, and engagement opportunities related to Asian American identity, politics, and movement-building 
  • Student-led organizations who are passionate about promoting civic engagement by hosting voter registration drives, get-out-the-vote work, and educational events

Benefits

  • Up to $500 of financial support from NCAAT to support programming through our new campus mini-grant program
  • Inclusion to a cross-state coalition of affiliate organizations working towards an understanding of working in a pan-Asian American context
  • Access to NCAAT resources, regional conferences and trainings, workshops, educational materials, cultural and political programming, and more!

Requirements

  • Commitment period of at least one semester or quarter 
  • Written reflections of projects, progress, and events
  • For grantees: Completion of proposed project or achievement of student organizations’ goals during grant period

Youth work we have done since our founding

  • “From Collective Marginalization to Collective Power: the Importance of AAPI Civic Engagement” workshop at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2018
  • Asian American Identity Workshop at East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) National Conference 2017
  • “Asian American Political History” presented at Indiana University’s 2021 Asian American Student Conference 
  • Hosted online voter registration workshops in partnership with: UNC AASA, Guilford College International Club, Duke ASA
  • Hosted get out the vote parties at NC State University’s, Duke University’s and NC Central University’s early voting sites
  • Registered over a thousand new young voters at NC State, Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, App State, UNCG and other colleges and universities across North Carolina.