The Asian Faculty and Staff Association (AFSA) at 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.
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.
|Co-chair, Faculty||Dr. Ming Tomayko|
Join us for our general body meetings. Topics change every month and are chosen from the members of the organization. For more information please email us at OIIE AT_TOWSON.
The Asian Arts and 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 TU.
Learn more about the approximately 600 art objects, both historic and contemporary, from China, Korea, Japan, India, Thailand, Tibet, and other Asian countries.
The Asian Arts and Culture Center at TU 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 Organization shall operate under the name of Towson University (“University”)
Asian Faculty and Staff Association (“AFSA”).
The mission of the AFSA at the University is to celebrate, support and empower faculty
and staff of Asian origin by fostering a community that provides networking, communication
and personal and professional growth opportunities. AFSA also serves 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. AFSA aims to support the University’s vision of being a model for
The mission of the Association is guided by these objectives:
Members and Allies: Current and/or retired faculty and staff members of the University
identified by self-reporting as being of Asian origin are eligible to become members
of the association. Allies are current or retired faculty and staff of the University
who are supportive of the mission of AFSA, and do not self-identify as being of Asian
The officers of the AFSA shall consist of:
Officers must be full-time faculty or staff members of Towson University in accordance to Article IV.1
The faculty and staff co-chairs will coordinate general meetings and formulate the
Any member can propose amendments to alter or repeal these bylaws. Adoption of proposed changes to the AFSA bylaws must be approved by a majority of the current AFSA membership. Votes may take place during AFSA meeting or may be conducted electronically.