2016 ECAASU Conference

February 26th-28th | Rutgers University, NJ

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About us

What began in 1977 at Yale University as the nation’s first intercollegiate Asian American student conference, the East Coast Asian American Student Union has become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to inspire, educate, and empower those interested in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues. Run solely by volunteers, the organization’s membership is primary composed of universities from the eastern United States while its annual conferences draw students and activists from across the country. The nonprofit organization continues its advocacy work today through year-round programming, with programming including Campus Tours, Youth Summit with WHIAAPI, ECAASU Conference, etc.

For more information about ECAASU, check out the official website at http://www.ecaasu.org/site/.

The 39th ECAASU Conference will be held during Rutgers' 250th anniversary. This is the second conference hosted at Rutgers since 2009. The conference's goal is to:


AAPI student organizations through intercollegiate communication in order to serve the social and educational needs of AAPI students.


The social equality of minorities by eliminating prejudice and discrimination, defending human and civil rights, and combating racism and hate crimes.


AAPI to participate in the electoral process through non-partisan, unbiased voter registration, get-out-the-vote, and voter education drives that are not restricted to one election period and are carried out in more than five states.


Community-building and mutual understanding among AAPI with different nationalities and all people of color.

Why it's important

Conference Theme

Boundaries are where AAPI began. Asian and Pacific Islander families immigrated to the United States, and left the boundaries they once called home. But what lies beyond those boundaries? To be honest, more boundaries.

These boundaries are not created by us, but it is up to us to go beyond them. There are boundaries that are created by race, gender, and sexual orientation - elements that AAPIs cannot control. Then there are more personal boundaries, between the generations, between our families, between our values, and between each other.

The theme Beyond our Boundaries is meant to emphasize the history of the AAPI movement and to use the lessons from those who empowered others to inspire students of today to go beyond the boundaries that are set upon us and become leaders in our community and in our own lives.

As the 2016 ECAASU Conference Planning Committee, we realize that AAPI students are all at different points in their own journeys to find what it means to be AAPI. Some attendees have been immersed in AAPI issues while others have not had any exposure. By having the historical context and bringing together over a thousand attendees, we want to further expand each attendee’s boundaries. For attendees who have no exposure to AAPI issues we want to introduce them to those issues. For those attendees that have exposure to AAPI issues and have more knowledge and experiences to share, we want to continue the conversations and discuss how we can further extend those boundaries.

No longer should we be confined within the boundaries that only serve to limit us. We must go beyond those boundaries and contribute to a movement that will make great changes for generations to come.

Speakers & Performers

Nuttin' But V.O.C.A.L.S. (NBV) is the first South Asian All-Male A Capella group on Rutgers Campus. Founded in January 2011, the group has taken many creative strides towards an experimental vibe of Bollywood and Western popular music fusion. With its growing since and popularity around campus, NBV aims to appeal to a wide demographic, incorporating styles and ideas from varying cultures and genres of music, ultimately coalescing its diverse interest into the final product on stage. 13 Performers: Rohit Chawla, Harshat Kumar, Ram Sridhar, Mihir Dixit, Ani Vojjala, Kaustubh Deshpande, Vidhaath Sripathi, Bhavin Shah, Eric Farber, Bobby Chikkala, Phani Paladugu, Vivek Mallampalli, Sukhpal Singh.

Jenny was born in Taiwan and raised in Southern California. Before her start in comedy and while most of her young peers engaged in reckless behavior for sport, Jenny dedicated herself to the Los Angeles labor movement, graduated top of her class in political science at Swart­hmore College, and was a PPIA Fellow for a Master’s in urban planning at UCLA.

As a co-producer and performer on the (mostly) female, Asian American standup comedy tour, Dis/orient/ed Comedy, Jenny has independently produced nearly forty live, standup comedy shows since July of 2012, successfully selling out theaters and comedy venues and bringing standing-room only shows to colleges and universities throughout the country. She has been a writer and performer on the viral Buzzfeed videos “If Asians Said the Stuff White People Say” (over 10 million views), “What if Adults had Tantrums Like Toddlers?” and the “Ask An Asian” video series. She has also made appearances on the new Comedy Central digital series White Flight and comedy sketch videos for Cracked.com, Anna Akana, and Tess Paras’ Fusion TV project. Her work and commentary have appeared in media outlets including National Public Radio, The Guardian, NBC News, BBC News, Al Jazeera America, Pivot TV's Take Part Live, Bitch Magazine, Colorlines, Racialicious, and AdWeek. She was dubbed one of Los Angeles' "most fascinating people" of 2015 in LAWeekly's annual "People" issue. She was also a featured standup comic on Joan Rivers' 2013 Showtime documentary Why We Laugh: Funny Women.

The Society is a group of individuals that constantly yearn to push the boundaries of creativity. They continue to try and make a positive impact on the New Jersey's dance community and hope to soon share with the world, humbly, what they have to offer this art form. Through no one else's expectations but their own they continue to stay hungry for growth.

Ramya Ramana, 20, is a youth activist, poet, writer, and most of all, believer of God. She was the previous Youth Poet Laureate of New York City. Recently, she won the New York Knicks Poetry Slam that awarded her with a full scholarship to St. John's University, where she is studying English. As the Youth Poet Laureate, Ramya has performed at several venues including Apollo Theatre, City Hall, Hammerstein Ballroom and many more notable venues including the inauguration of New York City’s Mayor, Bill De Blasio. She has shared stages with notable people including Harry Belafonte, President Bill Clinton, Mayor Bill De Blasio, Rosario Dawson, Eve Ensler and many more. Through her journey and collective experiences, Ramya hopes to grow into a better person with light, love and a clear vision of unity for humanity.

Nicole, also known by her stage name Nix and handle uuuuuuuuukewithme, is a YouTube artist who rose to fame with her cover of Nicki Minaj’s ‘Superbass’ in early 2012. Born on October 1, 1994 in New York City, Nicole was raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where her family still resides. Nicole is currently a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and economics at Bowdoin College. Although she is a full-time student, Nicole continues to share her music and experiences via social media communities such as YouTube and Instagram. In the future, she aspires to expand her audience through her journey with music, and further utilize these platforms to empower, inspire, and bring together Asians and Asian-Americans.

In 1979, Soh Daiko was established as the first taiko drumming group on the East Coast under the guidance of the New York Buddhist Church. Soh Daiko’s current membership numbers about 16, with diverse backgrounds and professions. Soh Daiko has also expanded its vision to share taiko with a broader audience, performing across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom, and at celebrated venues that includes Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the American Museum of Natural History, and Radio City Music Hall. Throughout its 30+ years, Soh Daiko has received critical acclaim from The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Dance Magazine. The group has also been featured on Public Television’s Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and with artists such as Korn, Rob Thomas, and Kanye West.

Fong Tran is a Sacramento community organizer and youth advocate by day and Spoken Word Artist and Social Butterfly by night. Fong’s writing emphasizes on giving voice to marginalized peoples and is deeply entrenched in the values of social justice and intersections of community struggle. He has performed for more than 100 events and featured at several such as Mahogany open mic series, Luna poetry series, UC Davis Sickspits, Sacramento Poetry Center and the Diaspora Vietnamese American National (DVAN) Poetry Festival. He’s also had the honor of sharing the stage with many incredible artists such as HBO Def Jam Poet Bao Phi, Andrew Lam, Mike “Mighty” McGee, Remi Kanazi, Mark Gonzalez, G Yamazawa and many more.

Andy Marra possesses an astounding array of social justice experiences and accolades. Based in New York City, she currently serves as the Communications Manager for the ARCUS Foundation, a global foundation for protection of the great apes and social justice for the LGBT community. Her LGBT activism is also accredited in her previous work as a public relations manager for the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and a senior media strategist at GLAAD. Andy’s commentary has been found in numerous outlets including The Guardian, The New York Times, People, and The Wall Street Journal, just to name a few. In addition, she has served on several advisory councils including the Human Rights Campaign, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and the National Center for Transgender Equality. She has been honored by the White House for her LGBT advocacy, listed as one of The Huffington Post’s “Most Compelling LGBT People” as well as The Advocate’s “Forty Under 40. Andy’s other awards include the GLSEN Pathfinder Award, the National LGBTQ Task Force Creating ChangeAward, and the Colin Higgins Foundation Courage Award

A Rutgers native from New York City, David Pangilinan is an Instagram blogger (@DavidIsHereNow) focusing on themes of lifestyle and fashion. Working on campaigns with companies such as National Geographic, Google, Bud Light, Chipotle, and Polaroid, David strives to have Asian Americans develop a stronger presence on social media. As a full-time student and approaching his fifth internship with NBCUniversal at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, David hopes to become one the leading faces of the entertainment realm. Obsessed with entertainment tabloids, movie bloopers and overly thought-out Instagram photos, David uses his engaging personality to spread his message of positivity, encouraging everyone he meets to find their passions and pursue them. He also treats Snapchat as a mini reality show: @DavidIsHereNow



Session 1 – Past

Mga Balikbayan - Salamat (Thank You)

Facilitated by: Keno Rivera

Scott Hall Room 103

Throughout your journey as an undergraduate, you will discover your dreams and your identity. In this journey it is important to take a step back to be genuine and be appreciative of who you are. Salamat is Tagalog for "thank you". This is an introspective workshop where you will examine the people, places and things that you value, while expressing your thanks both internally and externally.

Where the Desis At?

Facilitated by: Sadia Arshad, Hima Sathian

Scott Hall Room 104

Desi. South Asian. Brown. Do you identify with any or all of these terms? Well, join us at the "Where the Desis At?" workshop to explore identities through the lens of race, nationality, and ethnicity. Even if you do not identify with these terms, come and join us to learn more about South Asian American and South Asian diasporic identities and histories.

Identity is not a math equation: Multiracial, multiethnic, and mixed Asian American identity

Facilitated by: Christine Munteanu (JACL)

Scott Hall Room 105

This discussion-based workshop is intended as a “Mixed Identity 101,” exploring participants’ sense of racial and ethnic identity while acknowledging the various ways that someone can experience being “mixed.” Participants will explore AAPI identity, examine the issues involved in racial identity formation, and learn about the history of racial categorization and mixed race in America.

Intersectionality of Bifurcated Asian American Male and Female Identities

Facilitated by: Jennifer Lee, Natalie Qin, Bianca Tu, and Samantha Gomes

Scott Hall Room 119

Solely looking at race has often neglected the gender-based experiences, perceptions, and racial discrimination by AAPI individuals with single and multiple marginal identities. This workshop seeks to create a safe space for open and constructive dialogue about these intersectional identities between gender, sexuality, and ethnicity.

Mental Health in the Asian American Community

Facilitated by: Esha Vaid, Sarah DeMarchena, and Jihae Christina Lee

Scott Hall Room 120

This workshops aims to give an open space to share and work through the issues of mental health in the Asian American community. The goal is to have a safe space to share personal experiences and acquire methods and resources to cope through our experiences.

Be Loud! Be Proud! Be Genki! Social Action and Japanese Taiko Drumming

Facilitated by: Karen Young, Lee Ann Teylan

Scott Hall Room 123

Genki is a Japanese word that means healthy, energetic, full of life! Young adult activists of the 70’s, refusing to hide, used the art of Japanese taiko drumming to build community, organize, and take center stage proudly and fiercely as Asians. The Boston based, pan Asian, multigenerational Asian women’s arts and advocacy group, The Genki Spark, will present this art form in a creative and compelling interactive format.

You are what you eat: Food culture and racial dynamics of eating “Asian”

Facilitated by: Rachel Villanueva

Scott Hall Room 202

Food is a form of identity; for Asian Americans, this part has been not only stifled by shame, but also twisted into stereotypes. From Sriracha and California rolls to the militarized colonial history behind Spam, this workshop will discuss a history of food culture as an integral part of the Asian American narrative and how that history continues to shape Asian American lives today.

What does Solidarity Look Like? Combatting Anti-Blackness in Our Communities

Facilitated by: Vi Bui and Jeremy Mathis

Scott Hall Room 203

Connecting Asian immigration history and Black American labor history together, we can see how our histories have always been intertwined in events such as the development of the “model minority myth” and the anti-blackness it brought. In this workshop, we will learn about anti-blackness, how Asian immigrants have been affected by it, and how to confront it and be in solidarity with Black communities.

Branding the Sikh American Narrative – Transitioning from Misrepresentation to Understanding

Facilitated by Aasees Kaur and Balpreet Kaur

Scott Hall Room 204

After 9/11, the nation embodied fear and the stereotypes and biased-based hate crimes that arose impacted the Asian American community, specifically Sikh Americans. This workshop explores the multidimensional effects of misrepresentation on a commonly ignored subset of the Asian American experience, religion, by using the Sikh American experiences in a post-9/11 era as a case study.

Mission: Possible

Facilitated by: Jenny Wang, Alex Chang, Alicia Lee, and Charles Chaung (Outreach for Taiwan)

Scott Hall Room 205

With Outreach for Taiwan, dig into your family roots and learn more about the history of where your family came from.

Fear of Failure

Facilitated by: Norman Chen (Kappa Pi Beta) and Victoria Pham (alpha Kappa Delta Phi)

Scott Hall Room 206

Be prepared to let go of your fears, insecurities and perfectionist tendencies in Free of Failure, a hands-on approach and in-depth study into how the Asian American community deals with failure. This workshop will be explore more about the model minority and how storytelling affects mental health which are often taboo topics in the Asian American community.

Kaya ako Ganito - “This is Who I Am”

Facilitated by: Kevin Cabanayan, Karoline Panes, Christine Sicwaten, Vanessa Palma

Scott Hall Room 207

“Kaya ako Ganito” means “this is who I am.” In this workshop, make connections with Asian and Asian American identities to American society and learn how our cultural upbringings can empower us!

Educators for Black Lives: Perspectives of Asian American and Black educators on teaching our black youth

Facilitated by: Teach For America Panel

Scott Hall Room 215

A panel of educators and alumni of Teach For America, led by Teach For America’s Asian American & Pacific Islander Initiative, will give voice to how they’re thinking about the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in the context of the classroom and education. As the BLM movement continues, we must listen to one another to inform our conversations, coalitions, and actions.

Know your (His)tory

Facilitated by: Jonathan Ho (OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates)

Scott Hall Room 216

The Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has come so far in making history and there is still a long way to go in continuing to make change. Come to this workshop to explore our AAPI experience of oppression and protest in history!

More than a Number! Dismantling Myths and Mobilizing for Affirmative Action

Facilitated by Sequoia Roscoe, Priya Pandey

Scott Hall Room 201

Affirmative Action isn’t all just about quotas. In this workshop we will navigate the history and significance behind affirmative action, and how it has been continuously challenged throughout history. From the Bakke decision to Abigail Fisher, we will be looking at some common misconceptions on affirmative action policies, and what we can do to dismantle them and u the presence plift students of color on campus. Affirmative Action isn't just about increasing representation on your campus, but also working to make sure that students of color feel safe and welcomed!

Caucus: Women's Issues

Facilitators: Kim Hall, Maria Pitt

Murray Hall Room 111

Caucus: Adoptee

Facilitators: Jillian Hammer

Murray Hall Room 112

Caucus: Mental Health

Facilitators: Tony Tran, Evelyn Yeung, Kim Hoang

Murray Hall Room 113

Caucus: Voting Engagement

Facilitators: Kathryn Quintin and APIA Vote

Murray Hall Room 204

Session 2 – Present

LGBTQA+ Asian American Communities

Facilitated by: Linsey Goon and Helen Zhong

Scott Hall Room 103

In this workshop, we seek to provide a space that embraces the intersectionality of being a member of both LGBTQA+ and Asian American Pacific Islander communities, and to give attendees the opportunity to share their stories and build community with one another.

Put In Some Teamwork and Let’s Sail the Leadership

Facilitated by: Al-Rashad Issa Ali

Scott Hall Room 105

When people hear the word “leaders”, often times, it is not the face of an Asian American. In this workshop, we will discuss how to become a real MVP and bring these skills of teamwork and leadership back to your campus.

Shmoozin’ & Boozin’ Social Networking Etiquette

Facilitated by: Calvin D. Sun, MD

Scott Hall Room 120

This workshop will confront how growing up in a uniquely Asian household with Asian/Tiger parents have both positively and negatively impacted the way Asian Americans in our generation carry themselves in the Western public and professional world.

The Hallyu Wave

Facilitated by: Timothy Ho and Julia Gosztyla (HARU: Rutgers Kpop Dance Cover Club)

Scott Hall Room 135

As Korean pop music, or Kpop, is becoming more popular, learn about its history, significance, and impact on South Korea and the world. Dance lesson included.

When Sh*t Gets Racist: Furthering Solidarity in Fraternities and Sororities

Facilitated by: Teri Chung and Bryan Dosono (Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity, National APIA Panhellenic Association)

Scott Hall Room 202

Asian American Greek Letter Organizations (AAGLO) have a crucial role in both advocating for the AAPI community and furthering the fraternal movement as students continue to face racial discrimination in collegiate settings. Students will learn how to use memberships of thier Greek organizations to identify, organize, and mobilize around social justice issues.

Mass Campaigns Training by Anakbayan New Jersey

Facilitated by: Jonathan Zirkle, Laura Emily Endaya Austria, and Bryan Chen (Anakbayan NJ)

Scott Hall Room 203

The Mass Campaigns training is a step-by-step outline in which participants will learn the basics of campaigning and be encouraged to support their community work with concrete conditions gained through direct contact with their constituents.

Reshaping Our Own Identities

Facilitated by: Kasima Jennet Ali, Roma Cheere Mateo, and Frances Ann Mateo (ASU of FAU)

Scott Hall Room 204

Because mental health is not often acknowledged nor discussed within the Asian American community, myths behind mental health are quite interesting to study and learn from. Join this interactive workshop as it explores and debunks the myths that affect our present.

Understanding Personal Narratives and Mental Health – The Importance of Narratives, Identities, Communities, & Empathy

Facilitated by: Jim Chan and Jaclyn Chen (ECAASU National Board)

Scott Hall Room 206

Personal narratives are inherently linked to identity, interactions, and mental health. This workshop harnesses the power of these stories so that participants think critically about themselves and develop a stronger sense of self.

Understanding Internalized Oppression: How Do You Really Feel About Other Asians?

Facilitated by: Karen Young and Jennifer Moy (The Genki Spark)

Scott Hall Room 207

We carry negative feelings/attitudes about ourselves and each other as a result of the damage we’ve internalized from oppression. Come share and learn how to resist turning the knife on ourselves and each other.

Neither Black nor White: What is Identity as a member of an AAPI Greek Organization?

Facilitated by: Dahlia Hazelwood and Ivie Enoma

Scott Hall Room 215

This workshop is based around a discussion of the Asian American Greeks and how they navigate their place in the U.S. racial binary of Black and White. The discussion will be led by a diverse group of panelists.

Friends DO make a Difference: Addressing Mental Health Needs of AANHPI Students

Facilitated by: JR Kuo, Patrick Lin

Scott Hall Room 216

Understanding the complexities of mental health is the first part of the process, and learning how to do something different is the second. This workshop will aim to learn how to navigate student group mental health dynamics, and how to help a friend in need.

Bridging Communities Through Poetry and Art

Facilitated by: Rae Landingin, Jessamyn Bonafe

Murray Hall Room 111

This workshop will advocate the use of poetry and art as outlets for activism and encourage attendees to use their within their perspective communities to address current issues.

The Power of Purpose: Best Practices for Event Programming for AAPIs

Facilitated by: Narayan Kulkarni

Murray Hall Room 113

An interactive workshop that provides a collaborative space where participants can learn to enhance the quality of events they program through hands-on activities and improve their abilities to educate, advocate, and empower others.

Mindset, Professional Development, and the East-West Divide

Facilitated by: Ziqin Yuan, Steven Xie

Murray Hall Room 204

This workshop explores the different ways in which Eastern and Western cultures approach workplace environments and interactions, highlighting how both play roles in the professional development of Asian Americans and how both they can be used to one’s advantage.

Exploring Cultural Assumptions of Asian American Identity

Facilitated by: Greg Monroe and Gina Chen

Murray Hall Room 210

What does being Asian American mean? What makes Asian culture different from Asian American culture? In this workshop, learn to identify your boundaries and cultural assumptions, conscious and unconscious, and propose further actions to act beyond the boundaries.

The Politics and Intersections of our Identity

Facilitated by: Jonathan Ho (OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates)

Murray Hall Room 212

Come participate in an interactive discussion around how our identities intersect and create our complex narratives. What identities are important to you? Have you ever felt discriminated against in something that was beyond your control? What does it mean to be an ally? Be a part of a unique conversation aiming to offer everyone a better understanding of issues they're unfamiliar with.

What the F*ck Just Happened? How to Mobilize your Campus During a Crisis

Facilitated by: Jillian Hammer, Alvyn Dimaculangan, Priya Pandey, Kim Hoang

Scott Hall Room 201

Sh*t did that really just happen? From Mizzou to Princeton to Yale, we are entering a new era of student activism and the voice of young people headlining social movements. This workshop is designed to teach students groups how to strategize, organize and mobilize when the climate on campus becomes unsafe for students from marginalized identities.We will discuss how to reach out and work with your school’s administration/community members, how to facilitate proactive and reactive conversations, and how to build coalitions with other student organizations. Come through and learn about all the resources ECAASU can provide for you! Problematic instances will continue to occur unless YOU become a catalyst for change. Set an example in your community by starting out with... What.The. Fuck

ECAASU 101: We are Here for you!

Facilitated by: Maria Pitt, Tony Tran, Alvyn Dimaculangan

Scott Hall Room 119

Some people may think that ECAASU is just the name of an annual conference and not know that the National Board and Board of Directors work all year round to create programming, events, and spaces in which people can discuss Asian American issues and the political, social and economic issues prevalent today. This workshop will help people gain insight into projects and goals of the National Board and Board of Directors, as well as be able to provide their own insight into what they hope their relationship with ECAASU could be. Join us for this interactive workshop where you’ll be able to learn more about the mission and vision of ECAASU, and how you can get involved!

Session 3 – Future

Mixed Signals: Discourse on Gender Bias

Facilitated by: Ty Clyburn and Al-Rashad Ali

Scott Hall Room 103

Look into the sociological impact of gender bias on APIA self-identity, the community, and its perpetuation in mainstream media.

Owning your Bragging Rights: Examining Leadership in the AAPI Community

Facilitated by: Helen Xu (alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc.) and William Tan (Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc.)

Scott Hall Room 104

Discover how culture and identity influence behavior, attitude, and belief towards defining a successful leader. This workshop provides framework that articulate barriers to AAPI leadership and involvement on campus and in the workforce.

Peer Counseling: Starting the Conversation about Mental Health

Facilitated by: Shaun Hui, Afrida Chowdhury, Daniel Alejandro Gomez

Scott Hall Room 119

This workshop will cover a basic 5 step helping strategy to help counsel an individual who is going through a difficult time. and is geared towards anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of peer counseling and how to be a more empathetic person.

A Critical Conversation on Safe Space

Facilitated by Helen Zhong (APIDAC - Asian and Pacific Islander Diasporic Activist Collective)

Scott Hall Room 120

Safe spaces, which are becoming more and more common on college campuses, are constantly criticized for being too “politically correct” and “sensitive.” This workshop provides a place ro discuss the idea behind these spaces and why they are important.

Chasing Wanderlust – International Travel 101

Facilitated by Calvin D. Sun, MD

Scott Hall Room 123

Learn the tricks, tips, and benefits of traveling as a student, from how to travel alone (regardless of gender) to how to get doubtful Tiger parents on your side to using wanderlust into a sustainable social entrepreneurship.

Mobilizing Asian Pacific America: Engaging Young AAPIs in the 2016 Elections

Facilitated by: Alton Wang (Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)), K.J. Bagchi (DNC), Jason Chung (RNC)

Scott Hall Room 135

Why do AAPIs have the lowest voter turnout and voter registration rates? What are the political parties and campaigns doing to target AAPI youth? This panel, with representatives from the Republican and Democratic parties, will answer these questions to present a vision of politically empowered AAPI youth. We will discuss how to engage our peers and turn out youth in upcoming elections—and how to build a political pipeline of future AAPI leaders.

Redefining Success: How Indecisiveness Can be Used as a Strength

Facilitated by: Christian Catiis (United Asian Association)

Murray Hall Room 204

Explore the idea of what it is to be a multi-potentialite, an individual whose interests span multiple fields or areas, rather than being strong in just one, and to see past just a singular future to broaden our horizons to realize collectively our not just one potentials, but our many.

Leading with Confidence

Facilitated by: Jen Chao and Monica Ip

Scott Hall Room 202

In this workshop, we will take a look at prominent Asian leaders in America and discuss ways you can take on more leadership roles in your community. This workshop will give you the tools to become a successful leader, help you take the next step in making your mark, and teach you to go "beyond your boundary" and lead with confidence.

Keepin’ It Real: Being Genuine in Networking Situations

Facilitated by: Nancy Yap, Mayta Lor (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP))

Scott Hall Room 203

As you prepare to enter the workforce, how do you continue to stay true to who you are and grow your network? This workshop will encourage participants to explore how to make a first impression that genuinely reflects the things that are important to them.

Asian Privilege

Facilitated by: James Lee, Jonathan Han, Jina Park

Scott Hall Room 204

Sometimes the most obvious, ubiquitous, important realities are often the ones that are the hardest to see and talk about. In this workshop, we will have an open discussion about what reality and privilege is and means to us, as well as how we can help our fellow brothers and sisters overcome the struggles that are set in our shared reality.

Coming Together to Make New Spaces

Facilitated by: Lucy Chen and Sara Kim

Scott Hall Room 205

Last year ICAAA worked with the greater Ithaca Community to organize the first ever IPAAFF. Through this process students, faculty and local community members learned about issues in diversity in the media, and planned this event which featured both local and international talent. Come discuss and learn about the process of creating a film festival, reaching out to the community for support, and pushing the boundaries for AAPI to be in the world of media.

Trailblazers: Creating LeaderFULL Relationships

Facilitated by: Melody Lam, Kim Hoang, Alvyn Dimaculangan (ECAASU National Board)

Scott Hall Room 207

Led by ECAASU National Board, this workshop centers around developing trailblazers by equipping attendees with the tools they need to build a strong pipeline of leaders for an organization and how to sustain it by creating leaderFULL communities.

Storytelling with a Mission

Facilitated by: Karen Young and Jennifer Moy (The Genki Spark)

Scott Hall Room 215

The Genki Spark is a pan-Asian women’s arts group who uses personal narratives and Japanese taiko drumming to develop leadership, bash stereotypes, and inspire. Explore how personal stories told on and off stage can be powerful vehicles for social change.

Questions Shape Reality: Moving Forward the AAPI Community Through Inquiry

Facilitated by: Narayan Kulkarni

Murray Hall Room 112

Questions are perhaps one of the most powerful and least utilized tools to confront challenges faced by today's leaders. Through engaging discussion activities and a case study, this workshop will empower attendees with the tools to craft powerful questions that will enhance their abilities to create lasting positive change in AAPI organizations on their campus and beyond.

Nagtagumpay Ako: (Success – Your Breakthroughs)

Facilitated by: Kevin Cabanayan, Karoline Panes, Christine Sicwaten, and Vanessa Palma (FOUND – Filipino Outreach for Uniting, Networking, and Developing – FIND Inc’s Alumni Network)

Murray Hall Room 210

“Nagtagumpay Ako” means “success” or “your breakthrough.” In this workshop, delegates will learn how to take the necessary steps to achieve their goals, including how to deal with failure.

Stop - Pause - Share - Exploring the Connection Mental Health and Substance Usage

Facilitated by: DJ Ida and JR Kuo

Murray Hall Room 211

Open up your mind and discover the connections between mental health and substance use disorders. This workshop will delve into discussions about the relationship and the different perspectives that impact the attitudes and actions related to mental health and Rx use, misuse and abuse awareness, treatment and recovery.

10 Ways to Support First Generation Asian American Students

Facilitated by: David Thai and Viraj Patel

Murray Hall Room 212

The internalization of the Model Minority myth and the complex intersection of race and class has left first-generation Asian American students struggling to navigate the path of higher education. Come learn about the 10 ways to build a network of support on campuses for first generation Asian American students in order to understand and advocate for resources that address the needs of our community.

Leadership Animals

Facilitated by: Jonathan Ho (OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates)

Murray Hall Room 213

In this circle of life, we are all animals with different styles, but we need to work together in order to survive. Explore what your leadership style is and develop an understanding of others.


Facilitated by: Deonne Francisco, Francine Nieva (Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers)

Scott Hall 105

An interactive workshop that will discuss the current challenges Asian Americans face when it comes to communication. The workshop will focus on empowering attendees to be able to overcome the challenges and be comfortable communicating in order to make an impact at their campus, work place and community.

Networking Beyond Your Boundaries

Facilitated by: Ryan Yen, Shirley Tang (Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers)

Scott Hall 205

Networking is essential for Asian Americans to thrive in today's workplace. Whether it’s interacting with colleagues within your workplace or interacting with other professionals in various settings, how you present yourself can have a huge impact on how your career develops and the image others have of you and your organization. Come learn the skills to start driving your career today!

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Travel to Rutgers

You can travel to Rutgers' five campuses by train, plane, car or bus, here's an overview of your transportation options.

By car: Nearby highways include the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway; Interstate highways 1, 287, 95, and 78; State routes 18 and 130.

By rail: New Jersey Transit operates a major station in New Brunswick on the Northeast Corridor line that runs from New York Penn Station to Trenton Transit Center

By bus: New Jersey Transit and Suburban Transit provide regular daily service, both local and to New York and Philadelphia.

By air: New Brunswick has excellent train connections to Newark Liberty International Airport. New York's John F. Kennedy (J.F.K.) and LaGuardia airports are also accessible via car and public transportation.

Within Rutgers

To travel between campuses, you can use Rutgers inter-campus bus and shuttle system.

Check Rudots for more information about the Rutgers bus system.

Use Nextbus to see when your bus will arrive

Campus maps: Busch, Livingston, College Ave, and Cook/Douglass


New Brunswick has a variety of food and drink options within walking distance of Rutger's campus.

On-campus eateries include Au Bon Pain and the food court in Rutgers Student Center. There are multiple restaurants and stores along Easton Ave. and George St.


Attendees visiting the area are able to stay at the Hyatt Regency, located on 2 Albany St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the train station and 10 minutes from Rutgers campus. Rooms are offered at a price of $139 per night, plus tax. Standard rooms have two beds. If you would like to book by phone, be sure to call (732) 873-1234 and mention you are booking for the ECAASU Conference . Click here to book a room.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
~Bruce Lee

Super creative heroes

Conference Planning Team

Creative Officer

Christian Fernandez

Entertainment, Social, Program Commitee

Operations Officer

Vivian Huang

Logistics, Registration, Hospitality

Finance Officer

Austin Yip

Finance, Sponsor, Marketing

Entertainment Commitee

Chair - Aashna Sharma

Eurie Kim, Shriaa Sheth

Programming Commitee

Chairs - Christina Lee

Cindy Le, Eveleen Chung

Social Commitee

Chair - Johnny Kong

Rhea Dionora, Shanni Pan

Logistics Commitee

Chair - Katie Mantele

Susie Lee

Registration Commitee

Chair - Pooja Desai

Liz Tan

Hospitility Commitee

Chair - Barry Li

Theresa Nguyen

Finance Commitee

Chair - Alyssa Chou

Rachel Ying

Sponsorship Commitee

Chair - Andrea Namkung

Janelle Salazar, Alan Lee

Marketing Commitee

Chair - Tiffany Chu

Catherine Rong, Nicca Templo, Vamsi Anamaneni


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Regular - Opens December 6 at 12AM. The ticket will cost $80.

Late - Opens February 7 at 12AM. The ticket will cost $90.

Registration closes on February 26st at 12pm.

Groups must have a minimum of 20 members.
Prior to registering, please email groupregistration@ecaasu.org to create a Group ID.
If you need a place to stay, we are working with the Hyatt Regency Hotel to offer attendees a conference rate.

Contact Information

The 2016 Conference will be at the Hyatt Regency and Rutgers University College Avenue Campus in Scott and Murray Hall.

Contact Info

College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University

126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1166

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration FAQs

Individual vs. Group Registration

1. Should I register as an individual or a group?

a. To qualify for group registration, there must be a minimum of 20 people. If you have less than 20 people (even if it is a group or organization), you must register individually.

2. Should I register as an individual or a group?

a. Individual: Click the link on the website!

b. Group: An appointed team leader must email groupregistration@ecaasu.org. You will then be provided with a group code. Using that code, each individual will apply separately simply by clicking the link on the website.

3. How do you pay for group registration?

a. You may pay in one lump sum as a group. You may also choose to have each member pay individually.

b. ***Please note that we cannot mix and match forms of payment. For instance, 10 people cannot pay a lump sum amount, while the other 10 pay individually.

4. Are there any benefits to registering as a group?

a. Yes, once a group passes 20 members, all tickets for each member in the group will be $5 off.

Registration Fees & Deadlines

1. Registration Opening

a. Early - Opens November 13. The ticket will cost $70

b. Regular - Opens December 6 at 12AM. The ticket will cost $80.

c. Late - Opens February 7 at 12AM. The ticket will cost $90.

2. Registration Closing

a. The last day to register as a group will be February 15 at 6:00PM.

b. The last day to register as an individual will be February 26 at 12PM.

Registration Payment

1. Will ECAASU have access to my credit card information?

a. No, all information will be collected by PayPal. However, ECAASU does have access to information entered on the registration form. No information is distributed, and will always be kept confidential.

2. When must I make a payment?

a. You must pay in full through PayPal at the time of registration. We will not accept any other methods of payment.


ECAASU will not issue any refunds after a transaction has been completed. We will allow for registration tickets to be transferred to another person, but only after properly notifying the registration committee (groupregistration@ecaasu.org) of the transfer.

Ticket Transfer

In order to do a ticket transfer, you must first notify the registration committee via email at groupregistration@ecaasu.org Confirmation of transfer is sent to both the old ticket holder and new ticket holder. Registration transfers will be allowed up until February 10 at 6:00PM.


1. Will Wifi be provided?

a. ECAASU and Rutgers University are not responsible for providing internet at the venues. Wifi will be provided by other parties are subject to terms and agreements with their respective vendors.

2. Will ECAASU provide travel and housing arrangements?

a. No, ECAASU is not responsible or liable for travel arrangements and housing accommodations for conference participants. ECAASU has negotiated a discounted price with the third party. ECAASU is not responsible for your travel arrangements and/or issues you encounter when traveling to New Brunswick, NJ or the conference venues.

3. What is included in Registration?

a. Breakfast, Lunch, and entrance to the Gala dinner

b. Access to all workshop sessions

c. Access to the closing Ceremony