our purpose

"To celebrate culture, unite communities, and build more empathy into the world."

It's a simple purpose but a powerful one. We believe cultural differences should be celebrated, not ignored. Through our various events and programs, we seek to share and celebrate all cultures, including Asian-American culture, with our members. If this is a purpose and cause you can rally for, we'd love to meet you at one of our upcoming events

who we are

We are a student-led organization composed of MBAs from all over the world that are passionate about diversity and inclusion. Our members and allies recognize the importance of building a stronger community by sharing culture with one another. Our goal is to build awareness and appreciation for Asian-American culture while supporting the education and awareness of other cultures. We proudly support and partner with other student-led DEI organizations at Ross.

what does it mean to be asian american?

The term Asian-American typically refers to an individual with both American and Asian identity. In the United States, the Asian population is extremely diverse and large. Over 20 million Asian-Americans trace their roots to over 20 countries in Asia, each with its own unique history, culture and language. The massive growth and diversification of the Asian-Americans over the years, however, has led to the development of a broader Asian-American culture which can, at best, be described as a combination of many Asian cultures.

what do we do

We host a variety of events and programs throughout the year ranging from social happy hours to fireside chats with diversity ambassadors such as Soojin Kwon. Go check out our Events page to see more.

Social. The AABA community creates lasting relationships of future, current, and past Ross students through club social events, co-sponsorship of social events with other clubs, and alumni relations.

Cultural. AABA connects the Ross and Michigan community to share values, beliefs, experiences, food, and culture of Asian Americans to enhance the understanding of a blended culture.

Professional. AABA is a platform for students from all backgrounds to engage in dialogue on cross-cultural issues faced by Asian Americans and Asians within the context of leadership in organizations.

Academics. AABA is an opportunity to support Asian American faculty and staff and to develop relationships between professors and students within and across the University of Michigan community.

who can join

You can! We welcome all students regardless of race, ethnicity, or nationality.

For Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, there should be opportunities for cultural exchange because even though we may share similar facial features, our stories and experiences are unique and diverse

For our friends that removed themselves from their comfort zone and moved here from abroad, we should serve as a cultural bridge and more importantly, celebrate international traditions and foster a sense of belonging

For our allies that continue to fight for equity and inclusion, we should continue to share the abundant culture of the AAPI community while standing in solidarity against today's prominent systemic issues

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