Please choose a president, 4 board memebers and an ombudsperson from the follwing list of candidates in your email.
Dear PSA members,
I would like to take this opportunity to explain to you what the PSA means to me and my reasons for running for President of the PSA.
Prior to my arrival to Stanford, my exposure to Persian culture and friends was limited to familial events and occaisional visits to Persian family friends' houses back home in Atlanta. Ever since I entered Stanford, however, the PSA has been an amazing meeting ground of truly wonderful friends and a resource for me to learn more about my own background. I feel the PSA effectively abides by its constitutional goals of celebrating the Persian culture and heritage.
This past year I have served as a Board member in the PSA. The position has provided me with much valuable experience and insight into the process of putting on the varied PSA events. I have been exposed to the brainstorming sessions, long-term planning, energy, and team work necessary to put on quality events, and the success that I have seen before me this past year truly excites me. I am proud of our organization.
This pride has filled me with a real desire to run for President. I seem to enjoy every greater bit of involvement in our organization. As President, I would hope to continue to strike a balance in PSA events where some are centered on our own members gathering and having a good time and others are centered around celebrating and educating peers about Persian culture. I think we have made some strides this year in increasing undergraduate involvement, and I would like to build on it. I have also been excited by the greater involvement of PSA members in helping to organize the Avaz International Theatre dance performance. I think future large, team efforts through the guidance of the Board can aid the PSA to put on many more amazing, large-scale events.
Thank you for accepting my nommination for President of the PSA.
The university environment is especially suited for familiarizing people with Iranian culture since it fosters a culturally broad-minded perspective. One of the ways we can educate the community and continue educating ourselves about our rich culture is by promoting our artistic and literary traditions.
As part of the many PSA activities & events that I would like to help organize, I would like to promote more events, such as the Avaz dance performance this year, which amplify the voice of Iranian arts & literature in the Stanford community. Some future possibilities include: (1) music performances by Iranian classical musicians, (2) Iranian film screenings along with discussions with filmakers, and (3) poetry readings by contemporary Iranian poets as well as interpretive readings of works by the great poets from our literary traditions. I believe we should strive to make such events accessible to the non-Iranian & non-Farsi-speaking community by offering English translations or interpreters when possible.
Offering such events may contribute to raising the consciousness of the community about Iranian culture above the high-politicized image which still dominates. On a more personal level, we will undoubtedly learn a lot about and from each other in the process of working together on such activities.
Far from my family and our homeland Iran, the PSA provided me with the support and familiarity I missed so much. But this was just the begining of my connection with the Persian Student Association - almost a year and half ago. The admirable coordination skills of our friends who acted as officers and members introduced me to the many other roles that PSA can play. At the present, I look upon PSA not just as a home away from home, but as a proud representative of our rich and ancient culture.
Also, the intellectual and multi-cultural spirit of a university presents a great opportunity for introducing the wealth of Iranian poetry, music, literature, cinema, dance and cuisine. Excited by the wonderful things happening in PSA, I was tempted to play a more involved role in realizing these goals.
As it can already be inferred from this brief introduction, my primary focus is promoting our culture. To be more specific, I would like to point out to the following:
- Organize Iranian dance workshops and/or regular classes. Build our own PSA dance group, we are not short of talents!
-Resume our ancient and beloved habit of reading poetry. Let's start the "shabe she'r" tradition.
-Plan to have a fun Norouz celebration. How about a Chaharshanbeh-Souri study break in the dead week with all kinds of festivities like having a nice haftseen or even a Haji Firooz ...!
-Coordinate joint events with other student organizations at Stanford; events like joint parties.
-Continue the trend of PSA cinema series through upcomimg productions of Iranian cinema. Try to make these productions more accessible to everyone specifically those who have had little exposure to Iranian cinema.
...Last but not least, help maintain PSA's support and love for all the newcomers to our university, and make them feel at home the way we did.
I am proud of my nationality and our profound culture and this should be introduced to everyone. I believe that PSA community is a way to reach this goal. Also it is important to have an organized community that can do everything with the hands of everyone in it and as a member of this community I would like to make PSA to reach its highest value through the big iranian community around US. Thanks for your attention
I really enjoy our association, and love hanging out with everyone in our group. Being a board member gives me that opportunity while letting me do my contiributions. I intend to get to know and make friends with every single Persian student one campus. I think college friends will be your life long friends, and I intened to make a lot of them. I also would love to go skiing with PSA way more than just once a year. I am talking atleast once a quarter :)
Allow me to intro myself. My name is Behnaz Shahidi and my affiliation with Stanford University is both as a researcher in the Stanford Graduate School of Education and as a faculty spouse. I got to know many PSA members in planning for the Avaz Norouz celebration, and during the unforgettable 1999 ski trip! It was inspiring to observe such a cultivated and well-educated group of young Iranians and Iranian-Americans who are proud of their cultural heritage.
I would like to serve on the PSA board so that I may interact with and involve PSA members in our pursuit of a common goal. I would like for PSA to continue planning social activities (e.g., parties, sport activities, etc.), as well as cultural and educational events (my own interest is in poetry). I would also like for PSA to help support deserving students in Iran, perhaps by working to increase communication between our schools, and by donating recent textbooks to schools. I really enjoy working with PSA members, and look forward to continuing to contribute to PSA!