The AAA Service Committee prides itself on not only acting as a springboard for social awareness but also creating truly self-sustaining systems for social reform.
Service often gets a bad rap for serving as a temporary solution, as a kind of stopgap for broader issues that are more difficult to resolve. Handing out food to the homeless one day isn’t going to ensure that they’ll get food in the weeks, months, or years to come. Quite frankly, such “service” accomplishes precious little apart from indulging us with unmerited self-satisfaction.
That’s why we devote ourselves to community-based long-term projects. Although their impact won’t manifest itself as immediately as for one-time events, we have faith that sustainable service will achieve the most positive, far-reaching implications.
The Service Committee plan many efforts in conjunction with the Social and Political committees to aid the diverse Asian American communities in the New York City area . After all, the words sociopolitical and socioeconomic exist for a reason—and that’s because most public problems today call for an interdisciplinary approach. Leveraging the resources of the whole organization allows the AAA service committee to tackle complex issues in the community at large.
Spotlight: The Naturalization Project
This October, the Asian American Alliance at Columbia University will be hosting its inaugural term of naturalization classes, designed to prepare ESL speakers to pass the U.S. citizenship test. Possessing citizenship confers such vital benefits as voting, working federal jobs, and bringing relatives to the U.S., to name just a few.
For 10 consecutive Saturdays from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M., a select group of instructors will teach the ins and outs of the civics test and interview to a group of approximately 10 people. Training, lunch, a basic curriculum, and a small stipend will be provided.
Interested in being an instructor? Sign up here.
Interested in being a student? Sign up here.
Potential Projects & Areas of Interest
We’re always open to new people and new ideas! That said, in the near future, we may be partnering up with some of the following organizations to advance their missions as well as ours:
- Asia Society − arts and education
- Asian American Federation of New York − civic empowerment
- Asian Americans for Equality − affordable housing
- Henry Street Settlement − general social reform
- New York Asian Women’s Center − domestic violence
- NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health − health disparities
Have a service idea you want to help AAA implement? Email us at aaa[@]columbia.edu.