Diya records, 1992-2006

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Duke University. Diya
Diya supports the cultural, social, and political development of South Asian and South Asian-American students. Contains the records of the Diya, the South Asian American Association of Duke University, from 1995-2001. Types of materials include a short history, agendas, minutes, budgets, correspondence, a constitution, events reports, election materials, and programs. Major subjects include South Asian students at Duke University, South Asian-American students at Duke University, student group governance, South Asian culture, and South Asian-American culture. Diya is a member of Spectrum, an intercultural coalition of student leaders and organizations at Duke University.
4.8 Linear Feet
3400 Items
Material in English
Collection ID:
University Archives Record Group:
31 -- Student/Campus Life
31 -- Student/Campus Life > 04 -- Student Organizations- Religious and Cultural Organizations


Scope and content:

Contains printed e-mail correspondence, election information, fliers, agendas, minutes, newsletters, a budget, event reports, and constitution pertaining to Diya, the South Asian-American Association of Duke University, as well as scrapbooks, photo albums, photographs, negatives, VHS cassette video recordings, CD-RW, and CD-R sound recordings from 1992 to 2006.

Biographical / historical:

From Diya's web site:

Diya, founded in 1986, is Duke University's largest South Asian-American student organization. The group strives to provide a forum for interaction among those interested in South Asian heritage and South Asian-American culture. Diya promotes the sharing of these cultures with the Duke community and represents South Asian and South Asian-American interests to the campus at large. One of the ways Diya seeks to increase university-wide exposure beyond the scope of the South Asian community is through cultural programming. The most important of Diya's cultural events is AWAAZ, which takes place around, Diwali, the Festival of Lights in India. Some of Diya's other programming include South Asia Week, Holi Celebration, community service projects, discussions, teach-ins, and mixers with other South Asian student groups in North Carolina.

Diya is part of Spectrum, a unifying organization at Duke University for historically under-represented groups. Other South Asian student groups on-campus are AID India and the Hindu Students Council.

Acquisition information:
The Diya Records were received by the University Archives as transfers in 2001 and 2006.
Processing information:

Processed by Emily Glenn, January 2003 and Kimberly Sims in June 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, June 2006

Accessions A2001-27 and UA2006-0026 are described in this finding aid.

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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[Identification of item], Diya Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.