Third Culture Kids

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Who We Are
Third Culture Kids is a term that refers to individuals who, during their developing years, left their native culture and moved to a completely new one, where they had to learn to adapt to different environments, though still felt a part of their old culture through either their own experience or that of their parents. These transitions may have drawbacks, but have afforded them unique skills such as social awareness, a multicultural mindset, and multilingualism among others.

Mission
Our mission is to build lasting relationships among TCKs on campus. We aim to support and encourage our members in their transitions to the U.S., specifically ACU’s campus.

What We Do
We encourage TCKs and help them understand their identity by creating a safe environment in which they can share their experiences and adventures. Our goal is to cultivate a Christ-like community that would help integrate and support our students to grow at ACU, while growing together spiritually, academically and socially. Our events include:

  • TCK Dinners (cultural food prepared by our students)
  • Fall/Winter retreats (gathering with TCKs from Oklahoma Christian University and Harding University)
  • Service Projects
  • Game Nights

 

Officers

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Esther Tsunekik - Co-President

Position Description:
The President is the executive officer in charge of the overall progress and external affairs of TCK and the appointed leader of the executive office. This is the officer that oversees all events, sets the agenda for meetings, and is responsible for communication with all officers, students and faculty advisors.

Officer Bio:
Esther Tsuneki was born in Tokyo, Japan and came to ACU in 2014. Living in Abilene and in various locations across Japan, Esther attended American, Japanese, International, public and private schools. She is currently studying Elementary Education and has been involved in the Ethnos showcase, TED x ACU, Big Purple Marching Band, International Food and Fashion Festival, and various Student Organizations such as ISA and TCK.

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Branson Reagan - Co-President

Position Description:
The President is the executive officer in charge of the overall progress and external affairs of TCK and the appointed leader of the executive office. This is the officer that oversees all events, sets the agenda for meetings, and is responsible for communication with all officers, students and faculty advisors.

Officer Bio:
Branson Reagan was born in Chiang Mai, Thailand and came to ACU in 2014. He is currently studying Speech and Language Pathology and is involved in numerous groups and events on campus such as the TCKs and Frater Sodalis. Branson is half American, half Thai-Chinese, and was introduced to multiple cultures by going to an international school.

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Allison Davis - Chaplain

Position Description:
The Chaplain is the executive officer responsible for the spiritual welfare and growth of the TCK community. Responsible for preparing devotionals for dinners, monthly TCK Bible Study, and involvement with International Chapels. Other duties include managing chapel credits and communicating with the chapel office.

Officer Bio:
Allison Davis was born in Houston, Texas and as a diplomat’s daughter, she moved to Virginia, Hong Kong, Beijing, London, Jordan, Singapore, and Israel before her college career at ACU. She is currently studying Fine Arts and co-leading a life group for her church in Abilene and has a passion for spiritual development of TCKs.

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Chioniso Jakazi - Secretary

Position Description:
The Secretary is the executive officer responsible for the record keeping of information and discussions, scheduling and communication. The officer sends out email reminders of our dinners and events.

Officer Bio:
Chioniso Jakazi was born in Mutare, Zimbabwe, and came to ACU in 2015. She is currently studying Nutrition and is involved in numerous groups and events on campus such as the TCKs, Gata, World’s Backyard, and Res Life. Chioniso was exposed to English and Pan-African culture in her homeland and attended an Anglican boarding high school.

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Nancy Preston - Food Coordinator

Position Description:
The Food Coordinator is the executive officer responsible for organizing cooking teams in order to provide food for the TCK dinners. Responsible for keeping the inventory updated and being aware of our member’s allergies.

Officer Bio:
Nancy Preston was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and came to ACU in 2016. She is currently studying Speech Pathology and in numerous groups and events on campus such as the Student Alumni Association, ACU for Life, Big Purple Marching Band, and the TCKs. Nancy has lived in Spain, Guam, and New Mexico before her college career at ACU.

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Ryan Ruan - Treasurer

Position Description:
The Treasurer is the executive officer responsible for managing and handling all the financial activity and budget of TCK. Responsible for planning and submitting budget requests to the Students’ Association, keeping track of TCK financial balances, and responsible for managing finances to minimize loss and maximize gains for student productions and activities.

Officer Bio:
Ryan Ruan was born in Hong Kong, China and came to ACU in 2014. He is currently studying Financial Management and minoring Political Science. Ryan is also one of the managers for the ACU student-run fund called STAR. He went on a sports mission trip in South Africa in 2016 and is interested in cultural exchange programs.

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Dr. Carley Dodd - Advisor

Dr. Dodd serves as an Elder at Southern Hills Church of Christ and is active as a professor, researcher, and administrative leader, missions, corporate and non-profit consultant, and national speaker. He is Founder of Go Culture International, a web-based intercultural assessment organization. He has a heart for global internationals and has supported the TCK group at ACU.