Asian Faculty & Staff Association

The Asian Faculty and Staff Association (AFSA) at Towson University celebrates, supports and empowers faculty and staff of Asian origin by fostering a community that provides networking, communication and personal and professional growth opportunities.

AFSA General Body Meeting with Members

We serve as the catalyst and voice to represent and advocate for its members, raise awareness about Asian issues and support curricular and extra-curricular initiatives focusing on Asian cultures and perspectives.


  • Promote fellowship among TU faculty and staff of Asian origin
  • Facilitate the personal and professional growth of Asian faculty and staff
  • Support the university's commitment to diversity to recruit and retain faculty and staff of Asian heritage
  • Advocate the needs and concerns of Asian faculty and staff
  • Collaborate with other cultural, civic, and ethnic organizations within TU to promote common activities
  • Serve as a liaison between TU administration and faculty and staff of Asian origin
  • Educate TU and Towson-Baltimore communities as well as communities in the region about Asian issues
  • Recruit and retain students of Asian origin and provide an environment and opportunities to integrate them into the broader TU community

Executive Officers

Title Contact
Co-chair, Faculty
Co-chair, Staff Vacant

Newsletters, Announcements and Meeting Minutes


About the Asian Arts & Culture Center

The Asian Arts & Culture Center was established in 1971 when local businessman Frank Roberts donated his collection of Chinese and Japanese ivory sculptures to the university.

In the same year, a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities supplemented Mr. Roberts’ gift and enabled the center to purchase additional works of art. The Roberts’ gift prompted many other collectors to make art donations to Towson University.

Learn more about the approximately 600 art objects, both historic and contemporary, from China, Korea, Japan, India, Thailand, Tibet, and other Asian countries.

Meetings and Events


The Asian Arts & Culture Center at Towson University engages the university and surrounding communities in cross-cultural dialogue through a broad range of artistic and cultural experiences related to Asia.

The Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American Student Development program offers programming and activities that focus on creating dialogue and awareness around issues pertaining to the program and diaspora communities. We empower students to explore leadership roles through community service, student organization membership and co-curricular involvement. The primary goals of the program are to recruit students from Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American student backgrounds, to connect them to resources and community, and to ensure their academic success and retention.

The Distinguished International Speaker Series sponsored by the Office of International Initiatives, the AFSA and OIIE offers the TU community the chance to hear from a distinguished international leader. Past speakers include Mrs. Yumi Hogan Spring 2017, the first Korean- American First Lady of the State of Maryland. Mr. Robert Daly Fall 2017, US- China Relations Specialist at the Woodrow Wilson Center DC. Jacob Schlesinger Fall 2019, Senior Correspondent, Wall Street Journal- Specialist of Japanese History and Media.    

The Asian Arts and Culture Center offers a broad range of artistic and cultural programs to engage the university and surrounding communities in cross-cultural dialogue. As a nonprofit, self-supporting organization, we rely on membership, public and private grants, the generosity of donors and Towson University to fulfill our mission.

Support the Asian Arts and Culture Center

Support the Distinguished International Speaker Series by donating to help further this great tradition at Towson University.

Distinguished International Speaker Series

Contact Information

Asian Faculty & Staff Association

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.