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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 or click here for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Conference still happening?

YES - Friday events are cancelled and Saturday events have been rescheduled. New schedules will be available on the website, app, and in a print-out (not the booklet) in your registration packet.

Where do I register?

On Friday, registration will ONLY be held at Hotel Ithaca from 5 PM - 12 AM. Attendees who are unable to make it to registration at this time can register on Saturday in Klarman Hall, starting at 8 AM and until 4:30PM.

Where can I get updates?

Make sure to check our Facebook page (link) for updates. The app will also have updates posted on the homepage under “Announcements.”

What is the new shuttle bus schedule?

Buses will be unavailable on Friday, but are expected to be running on Saturday as planned. Check Facebook, etc. for updates.

What are water, fire, earth, and air on our nametags?

Every ID tag has a symbol that indicates where you’ll be assigned to go for lunch and dinner.

Fire: Klarman (lunch), Physical Sciences Building Atrium (banquet)

Water: Klarman (lunch), Klarman (banquet)

Air: Physical Sciences Building Atrium (lunch), Biotechnology G10 (banquet)

Earth: Physical Sciences Building Atrium (lunch), Duffiled Hall Atrium (banquet)

When/where are workshops?

Refer to the website at for workshops and locations

How should I deal with this weather?

Dress warmly, and with coverage for your ears, nose, and fingers. Waterproof shoes with grip are preferable.

Walk like a penguin to avoid falls!


Can I get a refund?

We are so sorry that you are unable to attend the Conference this year. Right now, we are unable to accommodate refunds because we have already made non-refundable contracts with food vendors and our venue. However, we are still looking into our budget to see what we can do to help you all out. We understand it must be disappointing for you and we’ve ensured that the closing ceremony will be live-streamed. We will post the link on Facebook tomorrow before the ceremony. Please keep an eye on your email for any other updates from us as we figure out a solution.

Thank you to all our sponsors!

Sponsored in part by SAFC

Contact Us!

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