Harvard South Asian Men's Collective

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The Collective

[a party: saturday 10/16/2010 lowell dining hall. email jayshah@fas.harvard.edu for tix]

The South Asian Men's Collective (SAMC) is a unique organization that is coming into its seventh year in existence. Originally an unofficial campus organization and then as a part of the South Asian Association (SAA), SAMC has grown into a larger organization, holding more events and becoming a well-known, model organization among similar cultural groups on campus.

SAMC will also work to strengthen a sense of brotherhood between members and create a supportive arena for dialogue and discussion. The SAMC community will provide members with mentors, peers, and friends. Furthermore, the Collective will seek to build a multi-ethnic network of service-oriented students on campus, thereby empowering members with both an internal sense of brotherhood and a larger sense of solidarity with other groups to which they might not otherwise be exposed.

Additionally, SAMC is concerned with the political, social, and cultural issues regarding South Asian men on Harvard University's campus and in the larger community. The group will seek to further greater awareness and understanding of these issues in the Harvard community by appropriate means such as social events, meetings, seminars, fundraisers and other activities. SAMC will provide an outlet for members of the Harvard community, particularly South Asian males, to address concerns of the dichotomy between identity and heritage; the interrelationship amongst men and women in the community; and of masculinity as challenged in the American landscape.