differences to unite
Our vision is a world
where the differences
that make us unique
as individuals unite
as a people
us as a nation,
where our nation
a bridge to all.
Together we can
make a difference.
[AA]² Board of Directors
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SBU AA E-Zine
an approved IRS
contributions to (AA)2 are
tax exempt (deductible).
is our official IRS 501(c)3 designation because they could not handle
superscripts - but we are affectionately known as AA Squared. We began
in 1996 as student leaders and alumni (former student leaders) of Stony
Brook University organizations, unaffiliated but working together on various programs for the
benefit of the campus. We eventually formalized in 2000 into EducAsians
and AA2@SBU. In 2002 we created SBU AA E-Zine.
But as alumni became more involved in
the communities they lived in they wanted to expand into areas that included
their current lives. And that included spouses, significant others,
family and friends who were not SBU alumni. Thus was born [AA]2,
a name less academic sounding than
EducAsians and less restrictive to location than AA2@SBU. It could encompass the different areas
involved in and still include all the dreams its members
had. Someday when we have a pre-college program bringing students from
Asia and North America together it will be 'Asia And America Abroad'.
official application to the IRS corresponded to winning a grant from the
Long Island Fund for Women and Girls, to whom we are indebted. You
have all read about micro-loans in the third world and LIFWG does a similar
thing for non-profits dealing with women's issues on Long Island - except
that rather than repaying the loan you must put the money they give you to
We applied for the grant after an SBU
alumna committed suicide on the night before her 25th birthday. Someday we hope the statistics change but in 2003 the highest rate of
suicide in the country was young Asian American women between the ages of 16
- 25, and Asian American women over 55. In late December 2003 the IRS
made us a legal charity effective for the 2004 year and in January LIFWG sent us the check.
page was first written at the end of our first six months. It said: Other pages
are descriptions of what we accomplished - some of it very
successfully, some moderately successful but with valuable lessons learned
for future years, and some we were left questioning what had gone
wrong. But all in all, we ended feeling very excited about what we had
done and enthusiastic about moving forward.
Well, nothing has changed! Now in our 4th official year,
8th unofficial one, and 12th when any of us first met
- the AA E-Zine, our most successful project, goes out to over 2000 free
subscribers bi-weekly during the academic year and gets 15,000 unique 'hits'
per month. It was the first and is still
the only continuously operating Asian American college 'newspaper' in the
country and many students who
work on it get academic credit.
We stopped applying for strictly programming
grants to work on building our base and self-sustaining projects so that all
overhead expenses are not just from a few members pockets - and donations are
wanted please!. We still do
events that sometimes work well and sometimes have mixed results.
As Lao Tzu said a few thousand years
ago, "The journey of a thousand li begins with a single step." Though our
journey still has far to go, we have now taken many steps and continue to
look forward with a sense of accomplishment for what we have done and a
sense of excitement for what we still hope to accomplish.
A word of thanks must be given to P.H. Tuan, architect of the Charles
B. Wang Center Celebrating Asian and Asian American Cultures.
Over the course of the past twelve years there were times when the steps were
halting as we wondered if we were going in the right direction - when we
could no longer see the light at the end of the
tunnel. He provided that light with encouragement, mentoring, and
resources. As a quiet elderly gentleman who wants to stay in the
background, his name will never officially grace even our Advisory Board,
but without him, there would be no [AA]2. Our debt to him is
everlasting. Here is a short description that describes him perfectly.
All Stony Brook University Alumni
was formed by SBU alumni
it is not an Asian American Alumni Association for SBU alumni. Its AA2@SBU
initials were meant as a catchy rhyme but were never meant to imply
was trying to be a formal alumni association, and it has since grown
to include non-SBU members.
At one time the University
administrator overseeing the official SBU Alumni Association, and many
members of its Board, agreed with the Ivy League concept of alumni
umbrella organizations overseeing affinity networks under them and [AA]2 was an affinity network.
Hopefully one day the SBU Alumni Association will do that officially. In the
meantime, we strongly encourage all SBU alumni to become
members of the SBU Alumni Association. It is free! You can join their
online community and be able to contact, and be contacted by,
other alumni you may have lost touch with - and to find out about reunions and events.
The official SBU Alumni Association: http://www.stonybrookalumni.com
led the formation of the SBU China Alumni Chapter for the SBU Alumni