The Rice Chinese Student Association (CSA) seeks to promote social, cultural, and political awareness of Chinese heritage, traditions, and issues in the Rice and Houston communities. Focusing on Chinese traditions and customs, we provide within the bounds of Rice University, a venue for students interested in the Chinese culture to bond and interact. As the oldest and largest Asian organization on campus, the CSA exists to unite all other Asian organizations together to achieve our common goals.
Established 1975, the Chinese Student Association at Rice University is a non-profit and non-partisan student-run organization with over 150 members. We are one of the largest cultural organizations on the Rice University campus with membership open to Chinese and non-Chinese alike.
The CSA is closely affiliated with Rice University’s Chinese Alumni Association, of which many of our graduates become members after leaving Rice. In addition, we work closely with the Multicultural Office at Rice as well as various other Asian organizations on campus.
Events & Activities
We begin each school year with a Welcome Back Picnic that introduces the goals and aspirations of CSA, and facilitates a social environment to build rewarding friendships and partnerships, particularly for the incoming freshmen. Throughout the semester, the CSA sponsors monthly study breaks and restaurant trips to expose to various Chinese cultural foods and traditions. Highlights of these activities include our Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration, Night Market, Lunar New Year Celebration, and our End of Year Banquet.
CSA is also heavily involved in philanthropy. We traditionally participate in all community service events held on campus. Many of our efforts serve the underpriviledged students of the Houston community. Furthermore, recent efforts have also resulted in a CSA sponsored Date Auction, raising over $700 for the SEARCH Homeless Shelter, $1000 for the Asian Cancer Society, and $600 for the Houston Food Bank. Our organization has tried to also bring awareness to Asian American issues in our community by inviting guest speakers and we hope to increase our efforts in the near future.
Chinese Student Association
c/o Student Organizations, MS-526
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005