ITASA 2016 East Coast Conference

Routes (Roots) of Action

February 11-13 | College Park, MD





What is ITASA ECC?

The Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association (ITASA) is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that connects, inspires, and empowers the Taiwanese American student community. ITASA’s annual East Coast Conference (ECC) attracts nearly 400 undergraduates nationwide who attend workshops led by prominent Taiwanese American speakers, social events to meet fellow students, and interactive discussions about culture, identity, education, and leadership. This year's conference will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park from February 11-13, 2016.

What is the schedule?

Who will be speaking?

Chieh Huang

Chieh Huang is the CEO and a Co-founder of Boxed Wholesale. Boxed is the wholesale experience for those without the time, means or patience for a brick-and-mortar warehouse club trip. The company currently delivers to anywhere in the Continental USA, and has raised over $35 million in funding to date, most recently from GGV Capital, Yuri Milner and Founder's Fund. Prior to Boxed, Chiehwas the CEO of Astro Ape, one of the first mobile social gaming studios. After Zynga's pre-IPO acquisition of Astro Ape, he became the Director of Zynga Mobile NY, leading the fastest and most efficient game team within Zynga.

Juliet Bui

Juliet Bui is a Public Health Analyst in the Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation and Office of Behavioral Health Equity at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), where she focuses on strategies to address behavioral health disparities. She has served as a Policy Advisor on Health at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI). Juliet holds a B.A. in Sociology and B.A. in Psychology from Rice University, and a Master in Social Work and Master in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Jonathan Chen

Jonathan Chen is the CTO and Co-Founder of FiscalNote, a government data analytics startup he founded when he was a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park. FiscalNote raised $20 million in capital from notable investors including Mark Cuban and Jerry Yang. Today the company operates in the heart of Washington DC with 80+ employees. Jonathan graduated with a computer science degree and had the honor of delivering the student commencement speech at his college graduation. During college, Jonathan was heavily involved in TASA and ITASA and still continues his Taiwanese community involvement through TAP-DC.

Kelly Shih

Kelly Shih is a recent Maryland graduate and UMD TASA alum currently working as a Human Capital Analyst for Deloitte Consulting's federal practice in DC. She most recently served as the Political Internship Program Director and National Board member for the Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL). In college, she was involved with TASA for all four years, ranging from Junior Officer to President. She enjoys chit-chatting, traveling, yoga, reading, dancing, and karaoke.

TANG

Taiwanese American Next Generation (TANG) is an all volunteer organization focused on creating a nurturing community for Taiwanese American youth. Through this community, they mentor younger siblings and encourage them to become involved members of society through exploring four themes: Identity, Community, Growth, and Family. Through their unique position in the community, they also see themselves as a convener for our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Generation members.

Dena Chang

Taiwanese singer/songwriter Dena Chang was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. Dena started learning piano at age six and began teaching herself guitar from age 13 after being deeply inspired by American singers Michelle Branch and Taylor Swift. From the beginning, Dena showed a keen interest in writing her own songs as well as learning songs by her favorite artists. Dena wrote her first song at the age of 15 and also started her YouTube channel. She graduated with a degree in nursing this past June and is currently pursuing music at the Berklee College of Music.

Jenny Yang

Jenny Yang is a Los Angeles-based writer and stand up comedian who produces the first-ever (mostly) female, Asian American standup comedy tour, Dis/orient/ed Comedy and has been a writer and performer on the viral Buzzfeed videos "If Asians Said the Stuff White People Say" (over 10 million views), "What if Adults had Tantrums Like Toddlers?" and the "Ask An Asian" video series. Jenny was dubbed one of Los Angeles' "most fascinating people" of 2015 in LA Weekly's annual "People" issue. She was also a featured standup comic on Joan Rivers' 2013 Showtime documentary Why We Laugh: Funny Women.


Huai-En Tsai

A native of Taiwan, Huai-En Tsai received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music from Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute. As the winner of the Baltimore Music Club Music Competition in 2006 and the Artist International Competition of New York City in 2007, he has given recitals throughout U.S. as well as in his native Taiwan. His distinguished performances have been praised by The Liberty Times, Washington Chinese News, The Epoch Times, The World Journal, Baltimore Examiners, Baltimore City Paper, The Towerlight of Towson University and The Albuquerque Tribune. Currently, Tsai serves as a faculty of music at the Midwest University-Washington Campus.





...and more to be announced soon

How do I get there?

University of Maryland, College Park
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

3501 University Blvd
East Hyattsville, Maryland 20783



Baltimore-Washington International (BWI)

  • Located just outside Baltimore, this airport is approximately 25 miles north of College Park. Driving time is approximately 35 minutes.
  • Taxi service from the airport to campus will cost approximately $35.00.

Reagan Washington National (DCA)

  • Located in Arlington, Virginia, this airport is located about 15 miles south of College Park. Travel can be slow through downtown Washington, D.C. during rush hours; approximate driving time is 40 minutes.
  • You can take the Metrorail from the airport. Take the Yellow Line (toward Mt. Vernon Square), transferring to the Green Line (toward Greenbelt), and get off at College Park/U of MD station. Follow remaining directions above under Travel by Train.
  • Taxi service from the airport to campus will cost approximately $40.00.

Washington Dulles International (IAD)

  • Located near Herndon, Virginia, this airport is about 35 miles southwest of College Park. Driving time is approximately one hour.
  • Bus service is available to take you to the West Falls Church Metrorail station where you will take the Orange Line (toward New Carrollton), transferring to the Green Line (toward Greenbelt), and get off at College Park/U of MD station. Follow remaining directions above under Travel by Train.
  • Taxi service from the airport to campus will cost approximately $55.00.

Metrorail from Washington, D.C. (Union Station)

  • Take a bus (Megabus, BoltBus, etc.) or Amtrak to Union Station
  • Take the Red Line train (toward Glenmont); transfer at the Fort Totten station to the Green Line train (toward Greenbelt); get off at the College Park/U of MD station
  • We will provide drivers who will transport you directly to the hotel. We will contact you with the details.

MARC from Baltimore (Inner Harbor)

  • Take the Camden Line train (toward Washington, D.C.); get off at the College Park station.
  • We will provide drivers who will transport you directly to the hotel. We will contact you with the details.

MARC from Baltimore (Penn Station/West Baltimore/BWI Airport)

  • Take the Penn Line train (toward Washington, D.C.); get off at Union Station.
  • Transfer to the Metrorail system
  • Take the Red Line train (toward Glenmont); transfer at the Fort Totten station to the Green Line train (toward Greenbelt); get off at the College Park/U of MD station.
  • We will provide drivers who will transport you directly to the hotel. We will contact you with the details.

Parking

  • We recommend that you park at the hotel. Parking for most lots on campus is free on weekends and after 4pm on weekdays. Read the signs for parking restrictions!

From Baltimore and Points North

  • Take I-95 South to Washington, D.C.'s Capital Beltway (I-495).
  • Take Exit 27 and then follow signs to Exit 25 (U.S. 1 South toward College Park).
  • Proceed approximately two miles south on U.S. Route 1.

From Virginia and Points South

  • Take I-95 North to Washington, D.C.'s Capital Beltway (I-495).
  • Continue North on I-95/I-495 toward Baltimore.
  • Take Exit 25 (U.S. 1 South toward College Park).
  • Proceed approximately two miles south on U.S. Route 1.

Sponsors

Platinum

Gold

Dr. Phoenix Liu

Silver

Bronze

Karen Shih
Kelly Shih
Shiehan Chou
Kevin Meng
Tiffany Tang
Maria Cheng
UMCP TASA Alum

J Chiang
Tony Lee
Allen Liou
Friends at TAP-DC



Interested in sponsoring? See our fundraising page above or email us at umd2016@itasa.org.