From clubs, to jobs, to events with your major, there are so many ways to get plugged in to the community here at Biola. One of the ways that I have connected is through affinity groups! Affinity groups are a facet of the office of Student Enrichment and Intercultural Development (SEID), which gives students the chance to embrace their cultural identity and connect with others doing the same. I knew from the get-go that I wanted to be involved with this department. I believe that there is so much discussion to be had regarding intercultural development. SEID offers a whole host of affinity groups, and they each give students of similar ethnic identities a space to connect and converse.
I have found such a home in my affinity group for Asian-American women, Taro Talk. We have one official meeting per month, in which we discuss relevant and informative topics. For example, our last meeting’s topic was “Professional Development: Asian-Americans/Women in the Workplace.” Each week we get together on Taro Thursdays, having planned little activities like hanging out at someone’s dorm/apartment, going out for dessert, or just sharing a meal in the Caf.
Being a part of this group has been amazing. I have made friends with shared experiences and have had the ability to ask Asian-American staff members hard questions. It is such a blessing to be able to come together with others and work through your identity in a time where so much about you and the world seems to be changing. It is so important to be able to talk to someone (or a whole affinity group of someones!) that you trust and is able to relate to your circumstances. It’s also cool to have friends who can share some laughs over boba with you. Taro Talk has provided a safe, honest space to deal with and process tough things, but it's also served as a consistent space to just fellowship together. Who knows, maybe I’ll see some of you at Taro Talk next year!