ORLANDO, FL—Today the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU), announced that their 2019 annual conference will be hosted in Orlando. The Conference will take place Feb. 8 and 9 and include panels, caucuses, performances, keynote speakers and student-led workshops. Over 800 students from across the country are expected to attend.
ECAASU’s annual conference is the oldest conference run by-and-for Asian American and Pacific Islander Students. This year’s conference theme is “Introspection.” Organizers include students and alumni from the University of Central Florida, the University of Florida, Florida State University, Florida Atlantic University, the University of South Florida and the University of Miami.
“I attended my first ECAASU conference back in 2017 at North Carolina. The conference programming changed the way I view collegiate Asian American organizations when I return back to my campus. ” says Justin Chu, Conference Director and University of Central Florida student. “I want Asian American Pacific Islander students to be proud of their cultural identity and to have the opportunity to learn about the contemporary issues Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders face and to be inspired by passionate student leaders who are trailblazers within their community .”
This will be the 42nd annual conference for the national nonprofit, which held its first conference in 1978. This will mark the first time the conference has been hosted in Florida.
“This is the furthest south our conference has ever been,” says ECAASU Executive Director Shelley Shin. “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the South often face unique barriers in accessing critical resources like Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies curricula, cultural competency in workplaces and robust community spaces. With this conference we are choosing to invest in our communities in the South and their work towards building a better future.”
To register and view more information, visit ecaasu.org/conference2019
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Run solely by volunteers, The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to inspire, educate, and empower those interested in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues.
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