Letter from Megan Vu to Reitz Union Facilities Program Committee members, November 8, 2010

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Letter from Megan Vu to Reitz Union Facilities Program Committee members, November 8, 2010
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Vu, Megan
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Asian American Student Union
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University of Florida
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November 8, 2010
JWRU Facilities Program Committee members:

The Asian American Student Union (AASU) recognizes the evident deficiencies of the current Reitz
Union and fervently calls for its expansion and renovation to successfully create a true central home for
all students.

Established in 1993, AASU fosters an awareness and spirit of unity among Asians and Asian Americans
at the University of Florida. With more than 700 members and growing, we seek to unify Asian American
interests and cultural organizations on campus to educate the university and community. AASU promotes
Asian and Asian American awareness through innovative programs and its five sub-organizations: the
Chinese American Student Association, the Filipino Student Association, the Korean Undergraduate
Student Association, the Vietnamese Student Organization, and the Health Educated Asian Leaders. Our
thriving Freshman Leadership Program develops and educates freshmen to become leaders on campus,
within the Asian American community and beyond. Furthermore, the UF-founded Southeast Regional
Conference of Asian American Leaders (SERCAAL) has grown to be a premier collegiate cultural and
leadership convention, drawing attendees from the Southeast and nation since 2004.

Our vision for the future student union incorporates these major features:
Multicultural space
o Lounge and study areas (with additional computers and printing)
o Multicultural Hall of Fame
o Library (literature and media representing diverse cultures)
o Gallery: History Hall/Atrium, showcasing artwork and archived materials
Relocation of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs (MCDA) & Center for Leadership and
Service (CLS) to JWRU
Dance Facilities
o Several dedicated dance rooms with large mirrors and sound system
o Currently, multiple student groups practice daily at improvised dance spaces inside the
Reitz Union or outdoors at the Colonnade, Wachovia, and the stadium.
Expanded meeting and event areas
o Conference rooms with Smartboards
o Meeting rooms (200+ seats)
o Large auditorium with extensive audiovisual capabilities (1500+ seats)
o Theatre (-100 seats)
Increased student organizational office space
o Match quality of SG Offices
o Can each comfortably fit 10 students, at minimum
o Added storage space
o More open configuration to facilitate cross-community interactions

In addition to these main goals, the creation of an outdoor courtyard/dining space with a meditation
garden and inclusion of music practice studios for non-majors would deeply benefit the campus










community. Furthermore, the Union's capacity to host conferences is essential to maintaining the
University of Florida's leadership in the state, region, and nation.

On behalf of AASU, I hope that the Committee sincerely considers the needs of AASU and the Asian
Pacific Islander American community. The physical change of the Reitz Union is the beginning of the
social change we want to see. The adaptability of the Union will be integral to our future as a university
dedicated to true diversity and lifelong learning. Thank you for your time. Go Gators!

Wholeheartedly,



Megan Vu
Asian American Student Union
President, 2010 2011
president.aasu@gmail.com




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November 8, 2010 JWRU Facilities Program Committee members: The Asian American Student Union (AASU) recognizes the evident deficiencies of the current Reitz Union and fervently calls for its expansion and renovation to successfully create a true central h ome for all students. Established in 1993, AASU fosters an awareness and spirit of unity among Asians and Asian Americans at the University of Florida. With more than 700 members and growing, we seek to unify Asian American interests and cultural organiza tions on campus to educate the university and community. AASU promotes Asian and Asian American awareness through innovative programs and its five sub organizations: the Chinese American Student Association, the Filipino Student Association, the Korean Und ergraduate Student Association, the Vietnamese Student Organization, and the Health Educated Asian Leaders. Our thriving Freshman Leadership Program develops and educates freshmen to become leaders on campus, within the Asian American community and beyond. Furthermore, the UF founded Southeast Regional Conference of Asian American Leaders (SERCAAL) has grown to be a premier collegiate cultural and leadership convention, drawing attendees from the Southeast and nation since 2004. Our vision for the future s tudent union incorporates these major features: Multicultural space Lounge and study areas (with additional computers and printing) Multicultural Hall of Fame Library (literature and media representing diverse cultures) Gallery: History Hall/Atrium, showca sing artwork and archived materials Relocation of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs (MCDA) & Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) to JWRU Dance Facilities Several dedicated dance rooms with large mirrors and sound system Currently, multiple student g roups practice daily at improvised dance spaces inside the Reitz Union or outdoors at the Colonnade, Wachovia, and the stadium. Expanded meeting and event areas Conference rooms with Smartboards Meeting rooms (200+ seats) Large auditorium with extensive au diovisual capabilities (1500+ seats) Theatre (~100 seats) Increased student organizational office space Match quality of SG Offices Can each comfortably fit 10 students, at minimum Added storage space More open configuration to facilitate cross community i nteractions In addition to these main goals, the creation of an outdoor courtyard/dining space with a meditation garden and inclusion of music practice studios for non majors would deeply benefit the campus

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host conferences is essential to maintaining the On behalf of AASU, I hope that the Committee sincerely considers the needs of AASU and the Asian Pacific Islander American community. Th e physical change of the Reitz Union is the beginning of the social change we want to see. The adaptability of the Union will be integral to our future as a university dedicated to true diversity and lifelong learning. Thank you for your time. Go Gators! Wholeheartedly, Megan Vu Asian American Student Union President, 2010 2011 president.aasu@gmail.com