American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)

AAFCS turns the spotlight on individuals, their experiences, and how they have benefited from AAFCS membership and/or family and consumer sciences programs. It offers an opportunity for you to share your story with your colleagues and the greater FCS community, inspire future FCS professionals, and strengthen awareness of the profession and association.

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Anupama Pasricha
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Active Member since 2010, Student Member 2004-2009

This month we turn the spotlight on Anupama Pasrihca, PhD.  Dr. Pasrihca is an advocate for a key tenet of family and consumer sciences – sustainability – and has focused her scholarship and teaching practice on environmental, social, and economic sustainability within the specialization of fashion and apparel. Said Pasrihca, “I deal with conflicts and ambivalence everyday because I am a fashion professor who advocates for sustainability and conscious consumption. Sailing through these conflicts, challenges, and barriers has not dissuaded my sustainable being; it empowers me to be the change.” Read more from Anupama directly through her blog at As a member of Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Business, she also blogs at

Why did you join AAFCS?
When I was accepted in Leadership Academy, Family and Consumer Sciences I learned about AAFCS through Education at Iowa State University for concurrent MEd and PhD program, I learned about AAFCS. I was enthused to join a professional organization whose mission is to support its members to make a difference in the society.

How has membership in AAFCS been of value to you and your practice?

Membership in AAFCS and the Minnesota affiliate is very rewarding. As I moved to Minnesota and networked with my colleagues, I got involved with the Minnesota affiliate. Minnesota affiliate leaders and members encouraged and nurtured, and gave me an opportunity to provide leadership and service within the organization. It was a turning point in my professional development. They believed in me and I felt emotionally charged to go above and beyond their expectations and reach my potential. This has facilitated a positive and progressive outlook that shapes my professional actions. AAFCS’s annual conference, JFCS and other resources available through AAFCS add to the benefits of the membership. They provide a platform for sharing and learning new perspectives that I incorporate in my teaching, research, and service. FACS and FACSED scholarships through Minnesota affiliate have also been a constant source of inspiration and financial support.

Making a difference in the world is my goal. I choose this field of family and consumer sciences as a viable path to reach my goal. Membership in AAFCS provides unremitting momentum to accomplish my goal. The path I have chosen to make a difference is by educating future professionals on environmentally and socially sustainable practices within the field of textiles and apparel and creating community engagement through service learning opportunities.

Please complete the following sentence:
AAFCS is …

An organization that inspires the heart, provides connections, and enables an individual to take actions for the well-being of the society.

Please explain your answer.

Family and consumer sciences professionals and AAFCS members have the inherent ability to reach out to individuals, provide them with support, and encourage them to be their best. AAFCS creates multiple platforms to facilitate connections such as community groups, professional meetings, and webinars. Ethics is an overarching theme for AAFCS that guides individual’s actions for the broader good of the society.

Why did you choose the field of family and consumer sciences?

Choosing this field and navigating through it has been a worthwhile experience. At the outset, the field of family and consumer sciences (or home science as we call it in India) was a natural fit as I wanted to be a perfect individual in all the roles that I would play as a woman in India.  As I progressed through my coursework,I valued it more each day. I realized that family and consumer sciences contributes to the overall development and provides individuals with tools and skills to make decisions that support humanity and the world. The field became a part of my philosophy of shaping society through the well-being of individuals. I became very passionate about the field and started advocating for it and continue to do so.

Please share a few of your most recent accomplishments.

PhD, 2010, Family and Consumer Sciences Education with emphasis on sustainability, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
MEd, 2005, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Pasricha A. (2010). Weaving sustainability skills into our course work. Colleagues, 20(1), 7.

Pasricha A. (2010). Epiphany! Sustainable and green. Colleagues, 19(3), 2-3.

Pasricha A. & Kadolph, S. J. (2009). Millennial generation and fashion education: A discussion on agents of change, International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, 2 (2&3), 119-126.

Pasricha A. (2008). Service Learning and pluralism: Working with immigrants. Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences, 100(2), 49-52.

Pasricha, A. & Vincenti, V. (2006). Alberta Hill: Living the mission locally, nationally, and internationally. Kappa Omicron Nu Forum, 17(1), 53-68.

Presented locally, nationally, and internationally on sustainability at multiple venues and to diverse audiences

Professional accomplishments
Received New Achiever Award, Minnesota Family and Consumer Sciences (MAFCS), February 2010

Chaired Antonian Scholars Honors Project for fashion and apparel at St. Catherine University, 2009-10.

Established (with a colleague) Professional Advisory Committee for Fashion and Apparel programs at St. Catherine University, 2009

Received Minnesota Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (MAFCS) Scholarship, 2009 and 2007

Appointed member of Internationalization Implementation Committee at St. Catherine University, 2010-2011

Contributed to transformation of fashion and apparel curriculum to incorporate sustainability concepts and application. With a colleague, planned and adopted a paradigm that can prepare professionals to move away from profit and performance centered approach to a balance of economic, environmental, and societal considerations, 2008 to present.

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