RSO of the Month: African Student Association

by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

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For the month of February the African Student Association will be recognized as the RSO (Recognized Student Organization) of the Month. Here is what the African Student Association President, Mindorr Sarre had to say about the organization.

1.What is your RSO?

African Student Association

2. What does it do, what makes it special, what does it have to offer?

ASA is a very special organization. It is lead by a student board of nine members. This contributes to ASA being an inviting environment, as each board member speaks for their community and the people. ASA uses member interactions and feedback to cater to what students would like to see and participate in. An example is African Night, which is our biggest event of the year that includes a lot of member participation and planning. Our committed members are the reason why ASA is so strong and continues to grow. We offer weekly meetings, as well as many events that are always entertaining for everyone! We love giving back to the community and making a real impact on the people we reach out to.

3. Does one have to apply for membership, how selective is the process, does the RSO focus on a specific audience? 

You do not need to apply to become an active member. Although, paid members at only $15/year receive a lot of benefits such as getting food first at meetings, free parties, and member of the month features with prizes and more. We are not selective, and welcome everyone to attend our meeting, where you’ll be able to connect with our social media and receive weekly e-mail updates. We love using ice breakers and games to increase member interaction, so you’re sure to feel welcome and meet someone! ASA’s specific audience includes everybody. We focus primarily on building relationships between students who are African, yet welcome students and the community to experience and learn about Africa and our traditions also.

4. What is your ultimate goal?

ASA’s ultimate goal is to educate people on African culture, discuss issues, and celebrate our roots all while having fun and having a broad diverse audience.

5. How many members do you have?

Around 80-100 supporting members, and more that just support through attending events.

6. How many years have you been in the University?

Over 30 years

7. What other Universities have your organization?

University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Saint Cloud State University, University of Minnesota Duluth, Saint Thomas University. 

8. Something funny: what meme would your RSO relate to? 

  “Oh my God! Wow!!”

Everyone is amazed at what ASA has to offer, how much fun we have, and our beautiful events.

Thank you to the African Student Organization President Mindor Sarre for taking the time to answer the questions and give readers some insight into what the organization has to offer.

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