Spring Conference 2018
Spring Conference is an annual event for attendees – UMN and non-UMN – lasting one week long and consisting of workshops pertaining to multiple topics within the AAPI community. This year, our theme is "No Community Without Unity." Workshops will be held at within the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities campus from April 9th to April 13th, with banquet at Coffman Memorial Union's Great Hall on April 14th.
We strive to incorporate our educational, social, community, and cultural pillars within our workshops.
Monday, April 9th
The Forgotten Narrative
Mississippi Room | 4:30 – 6:30 PM
The mixed race/ethnic and adoptee experiences are two narratives that are not commonly spoken about. They are often poorly portrayed in the media, which lead to further misunderstandings, micro, and sometimes macroaggressions that affect these communities. This workshop aims to to share the variety of experiences and knowledge of the those, who identify as mixed and/or adopted.
Tuesday, April 10th
President's Room | 4:30 – 7 PM
This workshop features acknowledged dance members of our APIDA community. Grab your dancing shoes and a water bottle for our second workshop of the week!
Wednesday, April 11th
Room 303 | 4:45 – 7 PM
“Human Library” is a rotational style workshop, with each of our five stories sharing their experience with their identities and how community has impacted them. Readers (attendees) will be able to learn more about books (speakers) of the Asian/Asian-American Pacific Islander genre (identity).
Thursday, April 12th
Diversity and Resume Workshop
Room 303 | 4:30 – 7 PM
This workshop focuses on the importance of diversity throughout the workplace and the experiences of multicultural professionals in their career journeys. Afterwards, there will a presentation on how to formulate strong resumes and have professionals give feedback on student’s resumes. The goal of the workshop is to equip students perspective of their heritage in the workforce and to better prepare them in the future.
Friday, April 13th
APIDA Hierarchy: Discrimination within the Asian Community
Mississippi Room | 4:30 – 6:30 PM
This workshop focuses on the social hierarchy within the APIDA community. We will deconstruct how colorism, classism, and Americanism impact how society values different members of the APIDA community. Come and join us as we analyze the different social constructs that uphold this hierarchy!
On Saturday, we end the week with a special banquet that features keynote speakers and entertainment. This year, join us in welcoming our exciting lineup:
PHIL AND TAYLOR FROM WONG FU PRODUCTIONS
...and more to come! Stay tuned!
APIA-U is a FREE interactive college leadership training program for Asian-American Pacific Islander students held on Saturday, April 14 of the Asian-American Student Union's Spring Conference. The program is being held by the Asian-American Student Union in conjunction with OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates.
Programming begins from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM and will include a variety of community building, workshops, and discussions. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.
By registering for APIA-U, you are making a commitment to attend. By attending this programming, you will have free entry into our Banquet later in the evening, which will include guest speakers and performances.
Spaces are limited, so sign up fast!