ASU clubs aim to teach students about both other cultures and their own

With the fall semester in full swing, ASU students can find a variety of diverse clubs and organizations

Several clubs and organizations at ASU aim to reach out to students of all backgrounds, whether that be through food, music or events.

According to College Factual, ASU is ranked number 114 nationwide out of more than 2,000 universities for diversity among students, which is considered very diverse. 

ASU offers a variety of clubs and organizations that cater to students as well as many other opportunities to help students discover more about their own culture.

Fatima Ali is a sophomore majoring in biological sciences and participates in two organizations that resemble her interest and identity, Students for Humanity Inspired by Ahlulbayt and Genetically Evolving Opportunity.

Ali also interacts with students of the same culture as her which helps her discover more about her own culture.

Ali said she thinks everyone can be themselves and have opportunities to express themselves at ASU.

“I like that we are able to interact and come close although we are so diverse,” Ali said. “People from all over the world come to this school to study and we are able to interact like a community.”

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Ranjani Venkatakrishnan is a freshman majoring in journalism and minoring in psychology. She hosts a radio show called “Desi Tunes” on Blaze Radio at the Downtown campus.

“Just the fact that ASU is so open to diversity and giving us freedom to have our own clubs and events to practice our culture is really welcoming,” Venkatakrishnan said.

Venkatakrishnan also mentioned other events that she has found interesting.

“There are events like Garba at the SDFC and carnatic music concerts at Murdock Hall and other places on the Tempe campus,” Venkatakrishnan said.

On ASU’s club and organization website students are able to browse for any club or organization they are interested in.

The International Food and Culture Club is a club located at the West campus where students can learn more about various cultures, as well as get to show and teach others about their own culture. The club is also devoted to teaching its members about diversity.

Ana Maldonado, the vice president of the International Food and Culture Club, is a sophomore psychology major.

“As unique as this club is, I can certainly say that International Food and Culture Club does help students learn about other cultures and even their own,” Maldonado said. “Through the many events that this club puts on, students are not only enjoying food, but they are learning about the culture through the informational posters that are displayed.”

Maldonado mentioned that the students who participate in the International Food and Culture Club come from different backgrounds.

She has learned more about Chinese, Hispanic and African-American cultures and how other countries cook because of the club.

"I would like to encourage others to participate in this club because I want it to expand and to see more involvement on campus,” Maldonado said. “The more students, the faster we can spread the culture around the ASU community.”

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