Indian American Student Association (University of Michigan) Records
 


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Indian American Student Association (University of Michigan) records

The materials in this online repository form part of a larger Indian American Student Association record group held by the Bentley Historical Library. For a more complete index to the materials, please consult the collection's online finding aid.

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Abstract:
The Indian American Student Association (IASA) of the University of Michigan serves to promote various aspects of Indian culture and heritage through an assortment of events that raise political, social, and cultural awareness. The collection consists of the IASA constitution, board member listings, various flyers, programs from annual events, clippings from the Michigan Daily, footage from the annual culture show and a recording of music from the cultural show.

History:
Founded in 1983 by Sam Shekar, the Indian American Student Association (IASA) of the University of Michigan serves to promote various aspects of Indian culture and heritage through an assortment of events that raise political, social, and cultural awareness, as well as fulfill goals aimed at community building, service, and professional development. IASA strives to build a network of South Asian students as well as develop connections within the broader campus community. One of the many events that IASA created is the South Asian Awareness Network (SAAN), a forum that brings hundreds of students together to examine political, social and cultural issues affecting South Asians. In 1997 IASA established the Gandhi Day of Service, an event credited with mobilizing over 250 University students and allowing them to participate in community service activities throughout Southeast Michigan in the name of peace and unity. This day is now a national day of community service observed in over 35 states. One of the most anticipated and highly regarded IASA events is the annual charity Cultural Show. The show aims to preserve Indian culture through a fusion of dance, music, theatre, and art, while actively giving back to the community, culminating in the largest student-run production in North America.

Please note:

Copyright has been transferred to the Regents of the University of Michigan.



Access to digitized sound recordings may be limited to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library, located on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan.

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