Realizing and Addressing Issues in our Culture and Education (RICE) Conference

March 23, 2013 | 8:30-4pm | Loosemore Auditorium | DeVos Center | Grand Rapids, MI

RICE RICE is a formal academic and professional conference hosted annually by the Asian Student Union of Grand Valley State University. It provides an opportunity for members of the local community, alumni, professors, and college and high school students to become further educated on current issues in Asian American society. Our goal is to promote Asian awareness and understanding of other cultures.

Join us at this year’s conference on Saturday, March 23, 2012 from 8:30AM-4:00PM. RICE will be held at Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus at the Richard M. DeVos Center in downtown Grand Rapids.

RICE is completely free to attend and registration is requested. Complimentary breakfast and lunch are also offered.

The event consists of a panel, 3 professional development workshops with discussion, a keynote speech, and closing ceremonies (including the introduction of the next year’s executive board members).  This year’s RICE theme is rediscovery. Our event will highlight the significance of exploring one’s past, family history, and cultural identity.

The featured keynote speaker will be acclaimed author Bich Minh Nguyen, who originally hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read more about her here.

Be The Match Registry

April 2, 2013 | 8:00am – 3:30pm | Grand River Room | Kirkhof Center | Allendale, MI

The cure for blood cancer looks just like you.

With a few cheek swabs, you could have the opportunity to save someone’s life.  ASU is hosting a Be The Match registry on Tuesday, April 2 for patients that are searching for a bone marrow or blood stem cell donor in order to obtain the life-saving transplant they require for a cure.

be the match

These are patients with leukemia, lymphoma, sickle-cell anemia, or one of over 70 other blood disorders and cancers. When a patient is left without a matching donor in their family, they turn to the registry to find an unrelated volunteer donor, generous enough to save their life. What you need to know:

  • Joining the registry is easy and pain free.
  • Only 1 in 540 registry members will go on to donate. Most have done all they can just by joining.
  • For that 1 in 540 people, donation is not what you might think. Almost 80% of our donors give non-surgically, which is a faster and “less scary” process.
  • Despite 10.5 million registry members, only 4 in 10 patients that turn to the registry find their match.

Many patients turn to the registry and come up empty-handed. We can help change that.

Donors are more likely to find a match with someone of their same ethnic background. For minority patients, this is a challenge. Why? The registry is over 70% Caucasian. This gives minority patients a smaller donor pool to draw from and a lesser chance at finding a match. We are striving to reach all of the culturally-focused groups on campus and in the community to share this message and help bring diversity to the registry to better serve minority patients. Check out these Vital Statistics for more information.

What are we looking for from you? To help promote the event, attend at the event, volunteer at the event (if interested), and to provide your support!

You are encouraged you to watch these videos. Be The Match has been in the news several times in the last few weeks, highlighting the stories of several of our life-saving donors and their recipients, such as Jason Walcott and Maddie Tomasko and Josh Miller.

Please, do not hesitate to leave a comment or e-mail for more questions. We hope to see you at our event!


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