Officially formed in 2015, the AAC’s Team 442 is the affectionate name that we call our student leaders who oversee the AAC’s signature programs:
- Asian American Students in Action (AASIA) [2 Co-Chairs per year]
- NU Growth and Opportunities for Asian American Leaders (NUGOAL) [2 Co-chairs per year]
- Pan Asian American Council [2 Co-chairs per year]
- Asian American Heritage Month (AAHM) [2 Co-chairs per year]
They are named after the 442nd Infantry Regiment, an infantry regiment of the United States Army who fought during World War II. The regiment is best known as the most decorated in U. S. military history and as a fighting unit composed almost entirely of second-generation American soldiers of Japanese ancestry. The 442nd was also known for its bravery and determination, as reflected by the unit motto: “Go For Broke,” a Hawaiian slang term from the dice game craps. “Go For Broke” meant to risk everything, give everything you have – all or nothing.
We sought to honor the ways that Asian Americans have contributed to the United States despite xenophobic and racist attacks on our community. We choose to grant this name to our student leaders so that they will value and embody the spirit of the 442nd and remember the important links in the chain of Asian American history. We seek to cultivate the leadership skills of our students and for them to step forth with confidence and respect for their community and peers.