A new Native American group called Voices of O’odham Students at Arizona State University, or VOSA, has started to take shape on ASU’s Tempe campus. VOSA was created specifically for O’odham students as a way for their voices to be heard. While the organization is open to anyone who is interested, it was created with O’odham students in mind. VOSA works with ASU and other Native American groups to make sure O’odham people are being represented in all aspects. For example, when ASU is hosting any type of gathering, VOSA would like to make sure that there is a land acknowledgment of the area so the people in attendance know that Tempe is part of ancestral O’odham land. Or when other Native American groups are having a gathering, VOSA is making sure that O’odham voices are represented too, by presenting activities or traditional knowledge that relates to the O’odham. The club’s overall goal is to promote culture, advocacy, mentorship, reclaiming our space, indigenization through education, community outreach and connections. Weekly Zoom meetings are held every Friday at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join in!
To learn more about VOSA, check out their Facebook page (Voices of O’odham Students at ASU) and Instagram (@vosa.asu).