Asian/Hispanic/Native American (AHNA) Center

About the Center

photo of students and staff in the ahna center

The Asian/Hispanic/Native American (AHNA) Center, the youngest cultural center at Wright State University, was created in the fall of 1997 to support the academic, social, and cultural needsof Asian, Hispanic, and Native American students, faculty, and staff at the university. It also serves as an informational resource center regarding the Asian, Hispanic, and Native American experience and creates an appreciation and understanding of the diverse Asian, Hispanic, and Native American cultures represented within the community. The center also plays a vital role in serving as a cultural liaison to the university and Dayton communities.

Who are Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans?

Asian Americans are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have at least one parent of Asian descent. Hispanic Americans are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who identify themselves as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or of other Spanish/Hispanic origin (i.e., Spain or the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America). Native Americans have Indian blood of tribes indigenous to the U.S. or have Indian ancestors. The term “Native Americans” denotes groups served by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, including American Indians and Alaskan Natives (Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts of Alaska).

Be a Part of the Center

The AHNA Center is located in 154 Millett and is open to the entire Wright State University and Dayton community. We invite you to become involved with us, to volunteer your time, and to share your ideas.

Staff

Mai T. Nguyen, MS

Department:
Asian/Hispanic/Native American Ctr
Title:
Director, Asian/Hispanic/Native American Center
Address:
Millett Hall 154, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Phone:
937-775-2798

Mia Honaker

Department:
Asian/Hispanic/Native American Ctr
Title:
Administrative Support Coordinator
Address:
Millett Hall 154, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Phone:
937-775-2798

History

In the summer of 1997, the Asian, Hispanic, and Native American students, being unrepresented and unable to voice their concerns which lead to a negative view of their experience of student life at Wright State University, appeared before the University Strategic Planning Council at its open forums, and in meetings with President Harley Flack, to present their concerns and pleas for the establishment of the long awaited cultural center to address their needs.

Responded to the Ohio Board of Regents Master Plan, "The Challenge is Change", adopted by the University in September 1996; and to the Three-C Challenge of Competence, Collaboration, and Caring which President Harley E. Flack articulated in his October 1994 inaugural address, the 1998-2003 Wright State University Strategic Plan recommends the creation of the Asian/Hispanic/Native American Center.

On October 27, 1997, the Asian/Hispanic/Native American Center officially opened its door to the university and surrounding community to share in the history, experiences, and culture of the Asian, Hispanic, and Native American population.