ECAASU's mission is to inspire, educate, and empower those interested in Asian American and Pacific Islander Issues.

We envision a world of Asian American and Pacific Islander student leaders with an understanding of AAPI history and issues as well as the leadership skills to positively impact their communities.

We work to strengthen student networks and build bridges across communities through various programs held over the course of the year. In doing so, we hope to advance equity for marginalized communities, fight prejudice and discrimination, and advocate for equal rights.

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About the 2018 Conference

Every year, ECAASU partners with a university on the East Coast to host a conference that provides passionate students and community members with a physical space to come together and discuss political, social, and cultural issues relevant to the Asian American community. Since the Conference's inception, Cornell University has traditionally hosted ECAASU every 10 years: first in 1988, then in 1998, and again in 2008. The 2018 Conference will thus mark the fourth time that ECAASU has returned to Cornell’s campus.

We hope that bringing ECAASU back to Cornell for the 4th time will remind people that the most resilient foundations for social change come from a sense of continuity—not only ensuring our perspectives are informed by the past but making sure our work and ideas are geared towards the future. Once we grasp our place on the continuum, we have no choice but to broaden our perspective, to realize our power to help create the future we want to see, and to take action.


Through the theme of Continuum, we will explore our racialization, incarceration, labor, and civil rights movements, settler colonialism, immigration policy, ethnic enclaves, and many more facets of the Asian American story.


Through the theme of Perspective, we will explore representation, intersectionality, mental health, data disaggregation, transnationalism, cultural authenticity, and other nuances that broaden the Asian American landscape.


Through the theme of Power, we will explore leadership development, civic engagement, contemporary advocacy efforts, coalition building, racial triangulation, police brutality, liberation struggles, and other key components of the Asian American movement.

Hotel Information

As a courtesy to conference attendees who are looking for housing accommodations for the weekend, we have reserved room blocks at discounted group rates at two hotels near campus. Please note that you and any other guests sharing a room with you are responsible for paying for the hotel room. Details about the hotels are listed below.

Option 1: The Hotel Ithaca

222 South Cayuga Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
Phone number: (607) 272-1000
Room rate: $149/night (does not include tax)
Room type: Double Queen Executive (two queen beds)
Check in time: 4:00 PM EST, Friday March 2
Checkout time: 12:00 PM EST, Sunday March 4
Reserve by: February 2, 2018 (after 2/2/18, room availability within the block is not guaranteed)

Option 2: Ithaca Marriott
Downtown on the Commons

120 South Aurora Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
Direct Reservation Line Phone #: 877-688-1914
Online reservation link
Room rate: $149/night (does not include tax)
Room type: Deluxe room with two queens (two queen beds)
Check in time: 4:00 PM EST, Friday March 2
Checkout time: 11:00 AM EST, Sunday March 4
Reserve by: February 2, 2018 by 4:00PM (after 2/2/18, room availability within the block is not guaranteed)

Instructions for Reserving Rooms

1. Call the hotel and request a double room (two queen beds) under the "East Coast Asian American Student Union" room block. Verify that the rate is $149 per night (not including tax). Note that you must request a room in the East Coast Asian American Student Union block to take advantage of the group rate.

2. Book the room, providing your own contact information and payment information.


Additionally, we have arranged transportation for guests staying at Hotel Ithaca and Ithaca Marriott, with shuttles running from both hotels to Cornell's campus, where all conference activities will be taking place.

For more details about housing and transportation, please contact Rebecca Lee at rebecca.lee@ecaasu.org or click here for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend ECAASU?

Technically, anyone! Although our conference is primarily aimed towards educating and empowering Asian American undergraduate students on the East Coast, we welcome any and all attendees who are interested in Asian American issues. This means that graduate students, graduated students, high schoolers (and their chaperones), community members, and non-Asian American students can attend the conference.

How much does it cost?

Register before November 1st for our early bird price of $55! During our regular registration period of November 1st - February 1st, attendees may register for $65. After February 1st, late registration is $75!

Can groups register?

From now until February 1st, groups get a 5% discount off regular registration price. In order to qualify for this group rate, you must have 15 or more people in your group. One person — designated as the group leader — must fill out the group sign-up form. After receiving a group code, individual members of the group can register via our group registration form.

What kind of workshops/performers will be at ECAASU 2018?

Our Conference Team is working hard to finalize the programming for the conference. Follow our Facebook page for updates about our schedule!

What will the schedule look like?

The conference will start in the afternoon on Friday March 2nd, with an opening ceremony and social activities. Programming on Saturday March 3rd will last all day, with workshops, performances, networking opportunities, speakers, and much more! There will be no official conference activities on Sunday March 4th; most non-Ithaca attendees will use this as a travel day, but attendees are welcome to socialize and explore Ithaca if they so choose. We will post a more specific schedule closer to the date of the conference.

How do I host a workshop?

In order to facilitate a workshop at the conference, attendees must fill out this application. Up to three individuals may facilitate a workshop. After an application has been submitted, our Conference Team will review the application and notify the applicant(s) if they have been selected for a further video interview. Applications are being reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until February 3rd at noon. Interviews are projected to conclude shortly after that.

Do workshop facilitators have to pay to attend the conference?

As a courtesy, accepted workshop facilitators will have the option to pay $40 if they wish to attend the opening and closing ceremonies, lunch, and dinner banquet. We are advising workshop applicants to register and pay via bit.ly/ecaasu2018register during the regular registration period if they are set on attending the conference, as we understand that some people may need to secure travel and lodging before the review process concludes. If you register for the conference and your workshop is approved, you will be reimbursed $25 or the full $65 depending on your preference to attend ceremonies, lunch, and dinner. If you do not wish to attend these events, your admittance to the rest of the conference will be waived..

Will travel/lodging be arranged for workshop facilitators?

Travel and lodging for workshop facilitators will not be formally arranged by the Conference Team, but team members will work to ensure that all facilitators are able to secure travel, lodging, and transportation for the conference. For questions about affordable travel and lodging options for facilitators, please email eunnuri.yi@ecaasu.org.

Thank you to all our sponsors!

Contact Us!

Let us know if you have any questions by emailing us at conference2018@ecaasu.org.Don't forget to check out our Facebook page for more details as they become available. We look forward to seeing you in March!