Run by a team of passionate leaders, students, and young professionals who volunteer their time and effort to further the mission of ECAASU.
KATHRYN ANN QUINTIN
Hometown: Kissimmee, FL
School: Florida State University ’16
Kathryn Quintin is a graduate from The Florida State University majoring in International Affairs and Sociology. Her day job consists of working as the Programs Associate for APIAVote mobilizing AAPIs in the electoral and civic process. She also holds a position on the Board of Advisers for SERCAAL (Southeast Regional Conference for Asian American Leaders). Kathryn loves connecting and talking to people about different issues facing the APIA community as well as several different intersecting social justice issues. When she isn’t talking your ear off, she is often watching Netflix or drinking pomegranate juice even though she can’t afford drinking pomegranate juice. Previously, Kathryn has held position as the Associate Director, Director of Advocacy, and Advocacy Coordinator.
Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Samantha identifies as a first generation Asian American woman who studies computer science and business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Samantha was very active within the AAPI community at UNC-CH, becoming president of the UNC Asian Students Association as a sophomore. In that time, she led initiatives to help local Burmese refugees, create safe spaces that encouraged discussion amongst students regarding topics that affect minorities, and directing TAASCON (Triangle-Area Asian American Student Conference) to foster a community between Triangle-Area schools. Outside of academia and AAPI-related interests, Samantha enjoys hiking, watching and learning about film, and watching competitive food competitions.
MARIA JIA LING PITT
Hometown: Cooper City, Florida
School: University of Florida ’16
Maria identifies as a mixed race Asian American woman, as an artist and an activist. Maria is passionate about utilizing storytelling, creativity and active communication to deconstruct binaries and allow people to lead more engaged, honest and whole lives. Maria is a graduate of the University of Florida where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Graphic Design and a minor in Asian American Studies. Previously, Maria has served as the Director of Outreach and the Bid Coordinator on the ECAASU National Board.
Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
School: North Carolina State University
Huy identifies as an international queer person of color from Vietnam. They finished Computational Mathematics degree in Appalachian State University 2015. Huy is attending North Carolina State University in the fall 2016 for their PhD studies in Computer Science. Huy is passionate about learning their and people's identities in regards to social justice issues and mental health issues in maginalized community especially the people of color community. Their hobbies include swing dance, poetry, playing strategy games, being outdoor, cooking, and sleeping.
Special Events Coordinator
School: Boston University
Rahul is a senior at Boston University majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Philosophy and a concentration in Technology Innovation. He was born in Jammu & Kashmir but raised stateside in the Midwest before coming to school in Boston. At BU, Rahul was the president of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE), where he sought to break traditional narratives about Asian Americans in STEM and to foster leadership skills in AAPI individuals entering fields both in and out of science and engineering. He continues his work with SASE as a Regional Coordinator and works regularly with the regional and national leadership on a variety of initiatives. He is also active on campus as a Resident Assistant and as a member of the BU Debate Society. He likes to spend his free time running, taking photos, reading comics, and eating anything in sight.
Special Events Coordinator
School: Ithaca College '18
Candice is a rising Junior at Ithaca College majoring in Integrated Marketing Communications. Raised and born in Brooklyn, New York, she is the daughter of two immigrant Chinese parents. At Ithaca College, she was the President of the Asian American Alliance her Sophomore Year and began to educate others on social justice and cultural awareness through her role as Diversity Peer Educator. Currently, she is a Student Leadership Consultant, organizing workshops and retreats and serving as a resource for many individuals and student groups on campus. On her own free time, she loves wondering the city, scouting places to take photos, and volunteering for basketball and handball tournaments in her local community. She is excited to serve on the National Board 2016-2017 and excited to be a leader within the AAPI community.
Hometown: Staten Island, New York
School: Binghamton University
Shelley is a senior at Binghamton University majoring in Psychology and Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS) and minoring in Education. She grew up in Staten Island, New York and is a first generation college student. Shelley is passionate about educational equity and mental healthcare access in communities of color. At Binghamton, she has previously served in her hall student government as Co-Vice President of Service and Leadership and as Asian Outlook magazine's blog manager. She currently serves as a Resident Assistant in the Binghamton student community. While she has always had an interest in AAPI issues, Shelley only recently became involved with her local AAPI community this summer as a Development Associate at the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families(CACF) in New York. In her free time, she enjoys discovering new places to eat, listening to hip hop, traveling and spending time with loved ones.
Hometown: Rhode Island
School: UNC Chapel Hill ’17
Kim is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, where she majored in Psychology and Women's & Gender studies. She was born in Rhode Island, but considers herself a southerner. She is passionate about Asian American issues, racial justice, interpersonal violence prevention, and mental health in communities of color. She currently works for Ignite NC and is part of the effort for voting rights in North Carolina. In her free time, she likes to paint, go on hikes, read, and cook.
Hometown: Plainview, Long Island NY
School: Tufts University
Kevin is a second-generation Korean American. He was born in Queens, spent his toddler days in Bayside, and grew up (or attempted to) on Long Island, New York. Kevin is currently studying Biochemistry at Tufts University, where his passion for AAPI issues & racial justice has pushed him to invest his time and energy into helping build the spaces and the dialogue needed to foster a loving AAPI community at Tufts. Eager to initiate dialogues regarding race and intersectional identity among Asian/Asian American students on Tufts campus, Kevin is co-president of the Tufts Asian Student Coalition (TASC), publicity chair & senior advisor of the Tufts Korean Student Association, and a council representative of the Tufts Pan-Asian Council. He is also the Pre-Medical recruitment director of the Asian Pacific-American Student Association (APAMSA). A collector of buttons, hoarder of cute stationary and office supplies, constant chewer of boba, and liberal user of Facebook stickers and emoticons, Kevin is looking forward to working for ECAASU this year and all of the future experiences, conversations, and connections that it brings forth!
Asian American Affairs Specialist
Hometown: Boston, MA
School: Temple University
Jillian is a photographer, designer, and student organizer at Temple University. She is a senior graphic and interactive design student. As the President of the Temple Asian Students Association, her goal is to strengthen the Asian American community through education and building with other marginalized communities. Jillian has led over a dozen workshops on Asian American issues, including transracial adoption, immigration experiences, and student mobilizing. As a designer, her work reflects the issues she's passionate about, particularly race, adoption, and mental health.
Policy & Research Analyst
School: University of South Florida
Romel recently completed his second degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Florida. He was extremely active at his alma mater and surrounding community, leading various multicultural organizations, volunteering groups and an honor society. After working for a number of years with international students at USF following his first degree in Business Management, Romel decided to pursue a career in medicine. He is most proud of creating and developing the first collaborative Asian cultural celebration at USF (Journey to the East), being selected as an exchange student and establishing a cultural fraternity at USF and George Mason University. He is an active volunteer at All Children's Hospital and served as a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He hopes to continue fostering cultural diversity and developing the APIA community and he looks forward to applying a similar dedication to establishing healthcare to underserved areas in the United States and beyond. He enjoys watching movies, reading, geeking out, snowboarding, traveling as much as he can and spending time with his dog.
School: University of Florida
Alicia is a second-generation Filipino American woman and writer who aspires to do non-profit communications work. She is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she received her degree in Journalism and began her involvement with AAPI activism as the Communications Coordinator for the Office of Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs and later as the Vice President of Education for the Asian American Student Union. She strives to use creativity and advocacy as a foundation for her work as a writer, and seeks to use journalism as a means to mobilize the AAPI community, shedding light on the diverse issues, intersectionalities and experiences within it. As ECAASU’s Managing Editor, Alicia hopes to empower AAPI students and young professionals to explore their own and others’ unique narratives.
Social Media Coordinator
Hometown: Apex, NC
School: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
My name is Joshua Chung. I am an Advertising major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am involved with Asian Students Association at UNC-CH as well as RadAsians. I am very excited to be a part of ECAASU, and I want to provide AAPI communities across the coast with more resources to grow, learn, and empower others.
Affiliate Organization Coordinator
Hometown: San Jose, CA
School: Brandeis University ’17
Tony Tran was born in Vietnam before immigrating to San Jose, California where he grew up. He is a Junior at Brandeis University, majoring in Neuroscience and Health: Science, Society, and Policy. During his time at Brandeis, he has dedicated his time to becoming a better leader in the AAPI community through various organizations such as the Brandeis Asian American Student’s Association (BAASA) , Brandeis Southeast Asia Club (SEAC), and the Brandeis Department of Community Service. He looks forward to engaging the others into a thoughtful and enduring understanding of Asian American issues while promoting coalition building.
In his spare time, he loves to socialize with his friends, read and discuss about race and identity, update his LinkedIn profile, and read Manga. One day he hopes to open the perfect milk tea cafe where he can waste his life away.
Campus Tour Coordinator
AL-RASHAD ISSA ALI
Hometown: Queens, NY
School: Florida Atlantic University ’15
Hello! I am an Asian Caribbean American that is originally from New York but currently lives in Florida. My favourite colour is yellow, I am a Gemini, and proud Hufflepuff.
I attended Florida Atlantic University where I graduated from in 2015 with a dual degree in Sociology and Interdisciplinary Studies: Social Sciences. While I attended FAU I was an Orientation & Welcome Leader and involved in Student Government, the Peer Education Team, the Association of Latin American Students, and the Asian Student Union. I served in a multitude of leadership positions in the Asian Student Union including President and Senior Advisor.
This is my second year in ECAASU. I served as the Bid Coordinator my first year and I am excited to come back as the Campus Tour Coordinator. ECAASU has been such a big part of my experience and I am grateful to be able to serve on it's National Board. I am also part of the South East Regional Conference for Asian American Leaders (SERCAAL) and the Florida Asian American Student Union (FAASU).
I look forward to getting to work with some of you all who may be reading my bio and please feel free to contact me if you would like to talk!
High School Ambassador
Leadership Program Coordinator
ALVYN XEUS SORIANO DIMACULANGAN
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
School: University of South Florida ’15
Alvyn Dimaculangan is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Public Health. He has been heavily involved in the Asian American community in the Tampa Bay area, holding multiple leadership positions for the Association of Filipino Students, Asian Students in America and Leaders of the Herd. During his time there he created new initiatives to strengthen the Asian community including the annual Asian Union Student Assembly, a new recruitment committee, and was the first board member of a group of involvement experts run the school’s center for student involvement. In his spare time, he likes to try new food places, have catch-ups with friends over tea, listen to podcasts, workout, and get over emotionally invested in Animes. He's excited to serve his 2nd year in ECAASU and hopes to create meaningful programming to empower AAPI Youth.