RUSSIAN SPEAKERS ASSOCIATION
At the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Years of Russians at Michigan...
The University of Michigan Russian Speakers Association was founded in the early 1990s when a small, close-knit group of Russian immigrants attending the University decided to get together and establish a more organization. Initially, the organization's founders, mostly young guys, were looking for a good reason to meet more Russian women. Although the club began as a way of social mingling, it grew into an organization centered on immersing its members in Russian culture and society of the past and present. Over the past few years, members became more motivated and created an executive board, consisting of about five members every year, which handles all of the administrative tasks associated with club functions, finances and communication with University faculty. All of the executive board members have also formed strong ties and have become as close-knit group of friends as the original founders had intended.
Through social events, movie nights, cultural gatherings and exposure to the Slavic elements of the University of Michigan, the organization has developed into an outlet for Russian-speaking students. Members represent a diverse group, from immigrants of all 15 former Soviet Republics to American-born students who share a Russian heritage, as well as students with other cultural roots who are interested in learning about and engaging in the Russian culture and language. The club has also extended its reach beyond the student body as membership also includes those from the large Russian community within the greater Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit Area. Today, the club is a strong and viable organization that seeks to both educate its members on Russian history, culture, literature and the arts and to also provide members with the forum for discussion and socializing. The strong growth of the club is a reflection of both the commitment of the executive board to please the expectations of their members and the members' desires to ultimately have fun with fellow Russians and friends!
The University of Michigan Russian Speakers Association seeks to provide Russian-speaking students with an outlet for socializing as well as to immerse them in the culture of their ancestors. The organization feels a strong commitment to the development of its members and to establishing their connection to both Russian history and modern culture and society. The club serves to facilitate social and cultural gatherings and to become the student's source of information for Russian-associated events on-campus and in the greater Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan in general.
- Founded in early 1990s.
- Registered student organization with Michigan Student Assembly, partially funded by the University.
- Shares ties to the Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies and Slavic Department at the University of Michigan.
- Participates in organized cultural/ethnic events on campus, often asked to represent the Russian minority on campus at various events.
- Strong connections with alumni and community members.
- No fees to join the club or participate in most hosted by RSA.
- Events held mostly around campus area and downtown Ann Arbor, usually do not require formal association from members.
Does everyone speak Russian?
Do you have to know Russian?
Do movies have subtitles?
Does RSA offer tutoring?
Are there any membership dues?
None, except for special trip fees (Skiing, Kayaking, etc.) if you choose to attend these events.
Are events always on the same day?
you need to be a U of M student to be in RSA?
Can one bring a friend?
I am interested in becoming a board member? How can I go about it.
What is the difference between Russian Club and RSA?
Where can I buy good Russian food?
We're still looking too... let us know if you find something!
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