MAASU Spring Conference 2017

GROUNDS that root us.

Branches that CONNECT us.

Colors that INSPIRE us.


  • We're so excited to have 900+ people registered for MAASU SC 2017!
  • For parking on the day of the conference, please park at Thayer Parking Structure ($10 for the day). 216 South Thayer Street
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Who we are

Spring Conference 2017

University of Michigan | April 7 - April 8

Registration: February 2 - March 23

$65 Regular | $55 Member Schools | $45 UM Student

Banquet is located at:
46100 Grand River Ave.
Novi, MI 48374

The Theme

As one of MAASU's missions is to "unite and strengthen the A/PIA community's stance against all forms of oppression," #UnitedWeStand is aimed towards uniting the A/PIA community with one another to discover the history of our roots and our identities that serve as the grounds of current social justice movements. The conference aims to provide an inclusive space where we are able to strengthen our connections with other people of color and people with diverse religions, abilities, sexualities, and experiences, to unite for the common causes of intersectionality and bettering the quality of our lives.

The University of Michigan

Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan (UM or UMich) has had a long history of excellence both inside and outside the classroom. According to the 2015 U.S. World News and Report, UM is ranked fourth best among public universities across the country. The university consists of a robust, diverse undergraduate community of over 25,000 students, a third of which are students of color. The Asian/Pacific Islander American (A/PIA) student population hovers around 14% every year. As a college town, Ann Arbor is a lively and instructive conduit for students to learn and grow. UM has fostered a long and supportive relationship with Midwest Asian American Student Union (MAASU), having hosted the MAASU spring conference seven times in the past. The most recent time was in 2013, when registration peaked over 980 participants.

United Asian American Organizations

The United Asian American Organizations (UAAO) was established to work in unity to provide education on issues facing Asian Pacific Islander Americans. We promote awareness of A/PIA cultures and establish a communication core for the A/PIA organizations and individuals at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. UAAO is a coalition of about 20 A/PIA organizations on the University of Michigan campus. UAAO participants are diverse in heritage and culture, each with a unique background and intersection of identities. UAAO provides a forum for discussion regarding social issues surrounding the A/PIA community and acts as a liaison between member organizations and external organizations.

Your Itinerary for the day...

When What Where
5:00pm - 10:00pm Registration East Hall Psych Atrium
7:00pm - 9:00pm GenAPA Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
8:30pm - 10:00pm Spring into MAASU! East Hall Psych Atrium
When What Where
8:00am - 9:30am Morning Registration Rackham Building
8:30am - 10:00am Opening Ceremony Rackham Auditorium
10:10am - 10:40am Small Group I Click me!
10:50am - 12:10pm Workshop Session I Click me!
12:10pm - 1:40pm Lunch / Small Group II Click me!
12:10pm - 3:00pm M-Rep Meetings, Bid Proposals TBD
1:40pm - 3:00pm Workshop Session II Click me!
3:10pm - 4:30pm Workshop Session III Click me!
4:40pm - 5:25pm Small Group III Click me!
5:25pm - 6:30pm Break Up to you!
6:00pm - 6:30pm Board Buses Click me!
6:30pm - 10:00pm Banquet / Keynote II The Diamond Center of Novi

Meet the board

Hi, my name is Dana.

Name: Dana Shin
Year: Junior
Major: Political Science & Psychology
Position: Co-Chair
Hobbies: Taking buzzfeed quizzes, crying about Grey's Anatomy, pretending to online shop, and writing slam poetry

Hi, my name is Queena.

Name: Queena Zhao
Year: Junior
Major: Biochemistry & Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience
Position: Co-Chair
Hobbies: Perfecting my skills in cooking kimchi fried rice, eating, and motivating myself to go to the gym

Hi, my name is Katty.

Name: Katty Wu
Year: Junior
Major: Cellular & Molecular Biology
Position: Core Logistics
Hobbies: Raving, writing/listening to Spoken Word, watching TED Talks

Hi, my name is Charles.

Name: Charles Wang
Year: Junior
Major: Computer Science
Position: Logistics
Hobbies: Piano, trumpet, running, biking, football, airsoft, videogames, and hanging out with friends

Hi, my name is Eric.

Name: Eric Chan
Year: Junior
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Position: Logistics
Hobbies: Running, watching Family Feud, Maplestory

Hi, my name is Sungjee.

Name: Sungjee Dianne Ro
Year: Junior
Major: Business Administration
Position: Core Finance
Hobbies: Dancing and baking

Hi, my name is Helen.

Name: Helen Tan
Year: Junior
Major: Business Administration
Position: Finance
Hobbies: Drinking coffee, going to the gym, watching documentaries, and everything else food-related

Hi, my name is Derek.

Name: Derek Xia
Year: Junior
Major: Computer Science
Position: Finance
Hobbies: Brunch, napping (after brunch)

Hi, my name is Anisha.

Name: Anisha Sudarshan
Year: Senior
Major: Neuroscience and Spanish
Minor: Computer Science
Position: Finance
Hobbies: Procrastinating by way of Netflix, traveling, taking super amateur travel photography, eating good vegetarian food, playing/watching tennis

Hi, my name is Billy.

Name: Billy Chen
Year: Senior
Major: Chemical Engineering
Position: Finance
Hobbies: Netflix, eating, feeding my cat

Hi, my name is Ethan.

Name: Ethan Hong
Year: Junior
Major: Computer Science and Biomolecular Science
Position: Workshop
Hobbies: Reading Wikipedia articles for hours

Hi, my name is Yimeng.

Name: Yimeng Zhao
Year: Junior
Major: Biochemistry and Russian
Position: Workshop
Hobbies: Fencing and Ballroom

Hi, my name is Adam.

Name: Adam Brodnax
Year: Junior
Major: Business
Position: Workshop
Hobbies: Enjoys broadcasting basketball, can only watch one episode of Jane The Virgin in one sitting, believes in the power of a narrative, and enjoys spending time with his 12 pets

Hi, my name is Cindy.

Name: Cindy Ding
Year: Junior
Position: Publicity
Hobbies: Doing artsy things, online shopping, and playing wallyball

Hi, my name is Edith.

Name: Edith Zhang
Year: Senior
Major: Business Administration
Position: Publicity
Hobbies: Jamming on the ukulele, watching too much anime, reading, drawing fan art, and taking naps

Hi, my name is Langsi.

Name: Langsi Wu
Year: Junior
Major: Business and Cognitive Science
Position: Publicity
Hobbies: Reading, watching Friends, swimming, traveling, eating

Hi, my name is Kelvin.

Name: Kelvin Tam
Year: Senior
Major: Computer Science
Position: Multimedia/Creative
Hobbies: Creating, watching One Piece, roadtripping, cooking, and taking long walks

Hi, my name is Stone.

Name: Stone Stewart
Year: Junior
Major: Performing Arts Technology
Position: Multimedia/Creative
Hobbies: Dancing poorly, making good music, making bad music, DJing, taking pictures

Hi, my name is Lingene.

Name: Lingene Yang
Year: Junior
Major: Computer Science
Position: Multimedia/Creative
Hobbies: TBD

Hi, my name is Daphne.

Name: Daphne Cheng
Year: Junior
Major: Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience
Minor: Community Action & Social Change
Position: Community Liaison
Hobbies: Eating brunch, listening to NPR, playing the violin, listening to music, taking naps, service learning, watching Parks & Rec, hanging out with friends, and meeting new people

Hi, my name is Karina.

Name: Karina Souksay
Year: Sophomore
Major: Nursing
Position: Community Liaison
Hobbies: Listening to RnB and hip hop, playing volleyballs, smiling, not driving on highways

Hi, my name is Lily.

Name: Lily Chang
Year: Junior
Major: Psychology
Position: Entertainment
Hobbies: Dancing, watching Game of Thrones, eating, being an Oreo, and going on food adventures

Hi, my name is Ethan.

Name: Ethan Jin
Year: Junior
Major: Microbiology
Position: Entertainment
Hobbies: Basketball and Ping Pong

Hi, my name is Kim.

Name: Kim Nguyen
Year: Junior
Major: Biomolecular Sciences
Minor: American Culture
Position: Registration
Hobbies: Sleeping, watching Netflix, and going to the gym

Hi, my name is Erin.

Name: Erin Yamaguchi
Year: Junior
Major: Economics
Minor: Entrepreneurship, Political Science
Position: Registration
Hobbies: Painting, video games, training in competitive napping, eating other people's food, pranking people

Hi, my name is Julia.

Name: Julia Duong
Year: Junior
Major: Business Administration
Position: Leadership Development Coordinator
Hobbies: Running, tennis, and watching Scandal

Hi, my name is Grace.

Name: Grace Chun
Year: First Year Graduate
Major: Masters in Social Work
Position: Leadership Development Coordinator
Hobbies: Napping, eating, reading, watching movies, and hanging with friends

Hi, my name is Amy.

Name: Amy Nichols
Year: Junior
Major: Communications Studies
Minor: Intergroup Relations Education
Position: Leadership Development Coordinator
Hobbies: Eating sushi, watching YouTube and Modern Family, tagging people in memes on Facebook

Hi, my name is Ciara.

Name: Ciara Timban
Year: Freshman
Major: Public Policy and Public Health
Position: Freshmen Representative
Hobbies: Juggling 10+ TV shows on Netflix while attempting to get my life together

Hi, my name is Stephanie.

Name: Stephanie Yim
Year: Freshman
Major: Neuroscience
Position: Freshmen Representative
Hobbies: Watching the Red Wings, eating good food and scrolling through Pinterest in search of my next DIY project

Hi, my name is Linh.

Name: Linh Nguyen
Associate Director, Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs
Position: MAASU Advisor
Hobbies: Taking pictures from various angles and making lots of DIY arts


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