Our Foundation

Abdoulaye Keita

Educational Coordinator: 2017 - 2018

"During my time as Educational Coordinator, I did my best to be as knowledgeable and informed about as many things Africa as possible. Thanks to a supportive President and executive board, I was really able to make the position unique to me. Knowing a lot about what's going on within the African continent really allow you to engage with people in a unique way that is very empowering to your position."

Ampofo Mensah Jr.

Public Relations: 2013 - 2014

"My family hails from Ghana, West Africa. All throughout my upbringing my parents would try and bridge their culture with this new American culture they were learning. Life through my adolescent years until now has consisted of bridging cultures and balancing identities. NYC is the international capital of the world and, much like what it would seem, a robust cultural experience. NYC was my classroom, with lessons on diplomacy at every corner. I believe that I was very fortunate enough to grow up in this environment and it helped to mold my interest at a very early age. However, life outside of my home was extremely the opposite—forcing me to adapt to different environments and people quickly. This allowed me to become well versed in the art of code switching and communication in various mediums, home life, street life, and school life. The early years in life nurtured my growth and understanding of people from different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. The innate affinity towards the international community and individuals who share backgrounds, such as my own were birthed and nurtured very early on. Coming into Binghamton University I knew I wanted to continue to learn more about myself and learn from individuals whom shared like experiences and I was ready to be apart of something bigger than me. It was very natural for me wanting to partake in the African Student Organization's efforts on campus. I was embraced by the Executive Board and I felt apart of the family initially, I'm not sure what the vibe was at the time surrounding Ghanaians but it felt really good at Binghamton. I was ready to embrace my culture, African culture, and offer services to the organization while I learned how some of the business operates on college campuses for the Student Association organizations. I began to feel really passionate about the organization after interning. I felt like I was apart of something special and I continued to learn from those around me on the Executive Board heightening my skills. I owe a lot to ASO for continuing to mold my identity and for pushing me out of the somewhat shell I was in allowing me to speak publicly on behalf of the organization. There were highs and lows for me during my time on campus but ASO allowed me to have a family that would support me if I needed them to. ASO means so much to me as it has created a foundation for Africans or individuals whom identify with Africa to have a space in College where they will not be judged, where they will be able to share ideas, cultural norms, and laughs. We were judged so much during Elementary School up until High School years, and ASO freed us from being afraid to be ourselves by that point. I am forever indebted to the organization and will forever stand behind its ideals and practices. Much respect for ASO @Binghamton University family forever."