Focus on organizing events that are most interesting to/needed for your particular community
- Social mixers
- Service projects
- Mentorship (e.g. Big sib – little sib)
Take advantage of useful resources
AAPI-MSRF - The Membership Chair is your number one resource. They will help you in any way they can, from starting a chapter to planning events. In addition the Communications Chair can help publicize events (like fundraisers or conferences) nationally. If you plan service events or a mentorship program, it would be useful to talk to the Community Service Chair. The entire board is here to help you. If you aren't sure who to contact, contact the membership chair first and they will forward the request to the appropriate person.
AAPI Parent Organization - The parent AAPI organization can potentially be very useful to you. Many of the regions have a strong AAPI presence and the AAPI (parent group) Regional and Chapter Coordinators are eager to support MSRF activities. Work with your counterparts in AAPI to discuss ideas, get speakers, plan logistics, and potentially obtain additional funding. Most, if not all, of the AAPI regions have annual events, so be aware of when the event is taking place and discuss the possibility of having an MSR event simultaneously with the regional coordinator
Other South Asian Groups - These groups can be helpful in publicity and co-sponsoring events. AAPI-MSRF and NET-SAP/NET-IP have jointly sponsored conferences/events in the past, and such events may be a possibility at your school/institution. Also, do not forget about AAPI-YPS, the Young Professionals Section, may have an existing chapter in your area.
Encourage National Membership
Promoting AAPI national membership will help your local chapter by ensuring persons at your school/institution feel connected to the larger group. Membership benefits include receiving the AAPI Journal, getting discounts on AAPI sponsored conferences, and having opportunities to do service project, rotations abroad/in India among others. AAPI after all is nothing more than its members, so promoting membership is important!