EXECUTIVE

Executive Director

KATHRYN ANN QUINTIN
kathryn.quintin@ecaasu.org

Hometown: Kissimmee, FL
Pronouns: She/her
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.

 

Associate Director

SAMANTHA LIN
samantha.lin@ecaasu.org

Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
Pronouns: She/her
School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Samantha is a rising senior studying computer science and entrepreneurship 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 where she led initiatives to help local Burmese refugees, created safe spaces that encouraged discussion amongst students regarding topics that affect minorities, and directed TAASCON (Triangle-Area Asian American Student Conference, which fostered a community between local universities in NC). In the past year, Samantha directed the ECAASU 2017 Conference at North Carolina, coordinating the efforts of the three Triangle-Area schools to bring 800+ students to the South to discover and discuss issues surrounding the AAPI community. Outside of academia and AAPI-related interests, Samantha enjoys hiking, watching and learning about film/photography, and watching competitive food competitions. 

 

ADVOCACY

 

Director of Advocacy

HUY TU
huy.tu@ecaasu.org

Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Pronouns: They/them
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 started attending North Carolina State University in the fall of 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 marginalized community especially the people of color community. Their hobbies include swing dance, poetry, playing strategy games, being outdoor, cooking, and sleeping.

Advocacy Communications Coordinator

CHELSEY GAO
chelsey.gao@ecaasu.org

Hometown: Alpharetta, Georgia
Pronouns: She/they
School: Georgia Tech

Chelsey is a second generation Chinese American from Alpharetta, Georgia. She currently attends Georgia Tech, pursuing a major in Public Policy and a minor in Global Development. She currently serves as the President of the Chinese Student Association on campus and is also a Safe Space Facilitator, working to train students on campus on becoming better allies to the LGBTQIA community. She is interested in city planning, in particular increasing affordable housing and accessible transportation. She is also interested in issues that intersect the AAPI and LGBTQIA community as well addressing antiblackness in the AAPI community. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and meme discourse.

Advocacy Outreach Coordinator

DAVID CHOI
david.choi@ecaasu.org

Hometown: Greensboro, North Carolina
Pronouns: He/him
School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

David is a second generation Korean American from Greensboro, North Carolina. He currently attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, pursuing a major in Psychology and Neuroscience with minors in Creative Writing and Medicine, Literature, and Culture. He is interested in studying Korean diasporas, narrative medicine, and mental illness, especially that of Asian Americans and queer identifying people. David also identifies as a queer Korean/Asian American and a person living with a bipolar spectrum disorder. At UNC Chapel Hill, David is involved with the Asian Students Association and the UNC Chapel Hill Asian American Pacific Islander Working Group. He enjoys reading Korean and Korean American literature, writing short stories and different forms of creative nonfiction, and trying to understand what it means to be an activist. David struggles with the constant issue of having too many books that have yet to be read and journals that have yet to be written in. David aspires to one day make Korean food as well as his grandmother did.

Advocacy Outreach Coordinator

IMG_5684.jpg

KEVIN KOO
kevin.koo@ecaasu.org

Hometown: Plainview, Long Island NY
Pronouns: he/him
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 has recently graduated Tufts University with a Biochemistry degree, and considers the AAPI community at Tufts to have sparked his passion for AAPI issues & racial justice. Just as he was nurtured by student activist spaces, Kevin has pushed himself to give back— investing time and energy into helping build and maintain the spaces and dialogues needed to foster a loving AAPI community at Tufts. Eager to initiate discussion regarding race and intersectional identity among Asian/Asian American students on Tufts campus, Kevin’s last year at Tufts was spent as 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. A collector of buttons, hoarder of cute stationary, and religious user of Facebook stickers and emoticons, Kevin spends his free time making his own boba, tearing up to sentimental Korean movies, and trying to quit his video game addiction. Kevin is looking forward to being with ECAASU for a second year!

Screen Shot 2017-07-29 at 12.24.10 AM.png

Advocacy Research Analyst

ADARY ZHANG
adary.zhang@ecaasu.org

Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Pronouns: She/they
School: Duke University

Ada is a Chinese American from Portland, Oregon. She is currently a junior at Duke University, studying Neuroscience with minors in Creative Writing and Psychology. In the future she hopes to push her passion for social equity and justice into the field of medicine. Additionally, she is interested in the intersection of neuroscience and society, particularly in terms of leveraging scientific discovery to create meaningful, accessible, and feasible change for marginalized communities; her research interests are in examining the neural bases of implicit bias, empathy, and prejudicing. She is also interested in exploring the many nuanced identities of the queer POC community and the different ways in which QPOC students find community and support with and through each other at predominantly white institutions. In her (admittedly little) free time, she enjoys reading, writing, home-cooked food, and cats.

Asian American Affairs Analyst

OLIVIA ZHENG
olivia.zheng@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: She/they
School: Amherst College

Olivia Zheng is a second generation Chinese American originally from the Bay Area. She is currently a sophomore at Amherst College, where she is a prospective English major hoping to concentrate in Creative Writing. On campus, she works as an Education Coordinator at the Multicultural Resource Center and a Diversity Intern for the Amherst College Office of Admissions. Olivia also serves as the Political Engagement Chair of the Amherst Asian Students Association, working to increase the presence of AAPI studies at Amherst. Besides her involvement with the Asian American and POC community on campus, Olivia is also an active member of Dance and Step at Amherst College (DASAC), Intersections Dance Company, and Amherst Mock Trial. Olivia loves to talk about social justice, deal memes, play card games, read fantasy novels, drink too much boba, eat too much gummy candy, and write short stories.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

Director of Communications

NICHOLAS HATCHER
nicholas.hatcher@ecaasu.org

Hometown: Cary, NC
Pronouns: He/they
School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nick is a mixed Chinese American based in Cary, NC. They just graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in media production where they were involved in a number of arts, social justice, and innovation organizations. In their free time, they like to explore applications of visual arts, documentary methods, and technology in activism and advocacy. Nick got involved with ECAASU as a part of the Logistics Task Force of the 2017 conference. They primarily focus on examining health inequities and the issues of queer and neurodivergent people of color. They love film, theatre, photography, hiking, coding, and being unabashedly Southern.

Communications Coordinator

HELEN YANG
helen.yang@ecaasu.org

Hometown: Duluth, GA
Pronouns: She/her
School: Duke University

Helen Yang is a Chinese American junior at Duke University, pursuing a double major in Linguistics and Political Science with a minor in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. She holds a strong fascination with humanity. Through languages, power, and culture, she sees an important outlet for revolutionary expression and explores academic intersections as a way to explore herself. She serves as the External Vice President in Duke's International Association and the Internal Vice President of Spoken Verb, as well as general involvement in Duke Debate, Asian Students Association, and the Asian American Studies Working Group at Duke University. Focusing on the misrepresentations of AAPI and the societal, psychological, and economic violence that arises in consequence, Helen aims to educate and raise awareness on intersections of identity and to amplify the unheard voices of minority communities through storytelling and activism. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, spending time with her little brother, reading, embroidery, and psychoanalyzing television characters.

Social Media Coordinator

Screen Shot 2017-07-29 at 12.25.07 AM.png

SABRINA CHEUNG
sabrina.cheung@ecaasu.org

Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Pronouns: She/her
School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Sabrina is a junior interactive multimedia major in the UNC School of Media and Journalism. Her minors are computer science and women's and gender studies. Sabrina was on the conference team for ECAASU 2017, where she met the greatest people and had the time of her life. She is currently involved with UNC's emerging Asian American Studies/AAPI Working Group as a student advocacy branch coordinator. In her spare time, she is probably eating chicken nuggets or frying some eggplant, which is honestly her predominant food group.

Graphic Designer

JASMIN NGUYEN
jasmin.nguyen@ecaasu.org

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Pronouns: She/her
School: University of Virginia

After flying across the United States from Seattle, WA to her new home in Stafford, VA at the age of 10, Jasmin Nguyen is now completing her last year at the University of Virginia. She is a first-generation, half-Filipino and half-Vietnamese who you can find sipping on a cup of coffee while playing around on Adobe Photoshop. Around UVA, she takes great pride in being a part of the Organization of Young Filipino Americans (OYFA). Beyond the AAPI community, she invests her time in being a part of the Student Hip-Hop Organization (SHHO) and heading the University Programs Council's (UPC) marketing committee. As a part of ECAASU, she aims to take action and engage with the issues facing the AAPI community, working to dismantle the model minority myth, and combat the stereotypes that suppress Asian Americans. Motivated by her involvements and life experiences, she plans to apply her creative mind to produce graphics that highlight the issues revolving around the Asian American community. Her mind sits restlessly, thinking about the underrepresentation of Asian Americans in the media and arts, and dealing with the false perceptions surrounding the Asian American identity. Her passion for the arts motivates her to seek out diversity in background and expression by empowering other Asian American artists to share their stories and experiences. She is determined to draw attention to and challenge the stereotypes that constricts Asian American identity in order to overcome systemic barriers, allowing AAPI individuals to reach their full potential.

 

 

DEVELOPMENT

 
IMG_5627.jpg

Director of Development

SHELLEY SHIN
shelley.shin@ecaasu.org

Hometown:  Staten Island, New York
Pronouns: She/her
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.

Development Coordinator

SAMANTHA NG
samantha.ng@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: She/her
School: Binghamton University

Samantha is a junior at Binghamton University double majoring in Asian & Asian American Studies and Human Development. At her university, she is the President of the Asian Student Union and Andrew Goodman Foundation Ambassador Team Leader. In the past, Samantha was a Youth Advocate with the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families and an active volunteer in the Chinese American community in New York City. Her interest and devotion to the Asian American community through civic engagement and policy advocacy is deeply rooted in her experience taking courses at Binghamton University and Hunter College. Samantha enjoys sharing dog memes and laughing at corny puns. Samantha is often overlooked because of her height.

Development Coordinator

SAVANNAH LAGMAY-WILLIAMS

Savannah is a senior at SUNY Geneseo, studying International Relations, with minors in Art History and Asian studies. Raised in a Filipino household, Savannah was involved in the Filipino American Association of the Bronx throughout her childhood. Her experience in interning at various museums have sparked her interest in researching representation in museums and cultural institutions. On her free time, she enjoys making bubble tea, taking photos, and finding new Spam Recipes.

Special Events Coordinator

AISHIKA JENNELA
aishika.jennela@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: She/her
School: Temple University

Aishika is a senior at Temple University studying Media Studies and Production, with a concentration in Media Business. Eventually, she wants to work to in media and Hollywood to create works with a range of diversity and representation that reflect our communities. In addition to her interests in media, Aishika has been an active member of Temple's Asian Students Association for the past three years and is the current Co-Events Coordinator. She is also a founding member of the Temple Asian Student Council, an initiative to bring together various Asian-interest organizations on campus to build a community and collaborative atomosphere, and the current President. In her free time, she likes to go on spontaneous trips to Center City to get milkshakes, have photoshoots with friends, play with her cat, and tag her friends in memes.

Special Events Coordinator

Screen Shot 2017-07-29 at 12.25.17 AM.png

SARA KIM
sara.kim@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: She/her
School: Ithaca College

Sara is a recent graduate of Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communications, where she majored in journalism with minors in Asian American Studies and Health Policy & Management. In Ithaca, she has established herself as a campus and community leader through her role as President of Asian American Alliance, where she organized cultural awareness events and facilitated discussions on AAPI issues. Sara is one of the original founding members of the Ithaca Pan Asian American Film Festival. In her free time, she likes to watch movies, cook, read a good book, and indulge in creative writing.





Fundraising Coordinator

MICHAEL CHIANG
michael.chiang@ecaasu.org

Hometown: Cary, NC
Pronouns: He/him
School: Duke University

Michael is a senior from Cary, NC at Duke Univeristy studying Economics and Education. He plans to become a teacher after college as the first step of his career in education. But before he enters the classroom, Michael wants to learn more about what it takes to be a successful educator. Michael's passion for education also includes his desire to learn more about ways to support and advocate for the AAPI community. When Michael isn't playing pick-up basketball, you might find him taking pictures of aesthetic buildings or deciding what his next meal would be.

 

OUTREACH

 

Director of Outreach

TONY TRAN
tony.tran@ecaasu.org

Hometown: San Jose, California
Pronouns: He/him
School: Brandeis University

Born in Vietnam, but raised in San Jose, California, Tony enjoys temperate weather and sunshine. At Brandeis, he was heavily involved the Intercultural Center and their many organizations. He was the Vice President of the Brandeis Asian American Students Association (BAASA) his Junior year and the Event Coordinator of the Southeast Asia Club his sophomore year. His journey with AAPI social justice began his freshmen year when he joined BAASA as their ICC representative in Spring 2014. His work with ECAASU began as sophomore when he served as the Co-Director of Programming for the 2015 ECAASU Conference at Harvard. In his spare time (if he has any), Tony 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. Tony previously served the Affiliate Organization Coordinator from 2015-17.

Affiliate Program Coordinator

CHRISTINE LEE
christine.lee@ecaasu.org

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Pronouns: She/her
School: Duke University

Christine is a senior at Duke University, where she is studying Public Policy and History. She was born in Memphis, TN, and is interested in AAPI representation, postcolonial theology, and ethnic studies programs. She is also passionate about creating spaces for Asian American Southerners to continue to develop the growing narrative of what it means to be Asian and AAPI in the South. She is currently involved in the Asian Students Association, the Asian American Alliance, Asian InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and the Asian American Studies Working Group at Duke University. In her free time, she likes to run, bake, and rummage around the Duke Archives.
 

Outreach Coordinator

HANNAH SONG
hannah.song@ecaasu.org

Hometown: Little Neck, New York
Pronouns: She/her
School: University of Pittsburgh

Hannah is a Korean American from Queens, NY. She grew up wandering the streets of New York in search of her passions (and of course, food). Currently, she is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a major in Neuroscience, with a minors in Chemistry and Computer Science, and obtaining a Certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. At Pitt, she was a Public Relations Committee member as well as the Advocacy Chair for the Asian Students Alliance. As a freshmen, she became one of the founding members of Pitt’s Diversity Council. As of now, she is involved in TEDx, as a Board Member and Chair of Logistics, and Alpha Phi Omega. In her free time, she loves martial arts, drawing, and hanging out with friends.