For Immediate Release
September 12, 2019
The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) is excited to announce that the 2020 annual conference will be hosted in Pittsburgh, PA on February 21st - 23rd. The conference will include panels, keynote speakers, performances, and student-led workshops. This year’s conference theme is Building Bridges and will focus on forging connections among the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
The conference is expected to bring in hundreds to thousands of diverse attendees from all across the east coast, and will be historically the first of its kind to be held in Pittsburgh. This allows for a unique opportunity to inspire a holistic conversation about identity and community dynamics both for those living in Pittsburgh and those visiting. The conference aims to bridge gaps that separate communities and bring together ideas that will expedite progress toward a more unified and expansive sense of the Asian American Pacific Islander identity.
The ECAASU conference is the oldest Asian American and Pacific Islander conference in the nation, and this year marks the 43rd annual event. Organizers include students and alumni from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. “We wanted to create spaces for and lay the groundwork for conversations about AAPI issues not only in our attendees, but in the Pittsburgh area. We hope that the conference will inspire civic engagement and collaborative discourse about important issues, especially with a critical election year coming up.” says Theresa Lim, Conference Director and University of Pittsburgh student.
All in all, this year’s conference will provide a space for attendees to explore the intersectionality of their identities, forge new relationships within the AAPI community, and connect with other marginalized groups through effective allyship and solidarity.
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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