2018 Breakout Sessions

All breakout sessions will run twice so participants can receive the maximum benefit from the conference


1. Understanding self-perception, self-esteem and empowerment for aapi college students

Description:

Through this interactive session, we will seek to understand how negative self-perception affects self-esteem, and therefore leads to experiences of disempowerment for Asian, Asian American, & Pacific Islander college students. Facilitators will address ways to practically apply a strengths-based approach in turning around negative self-perception and challenging self or societal limitations on our goals and place in the world.

Intended Audience:  30 to 40 Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander College Students

Location: TBD


2. Asian American mental health and healthy relationships

Description:

South Asian American experiences with Mental Health, model minority myth, ways to encourage these conversations in the South Asian Community, - A "Think Tank" style workshop on ways we can combat the stigma in our communities, Public health interventions Potential other session on Gender-based Violence/healthy relationships

Intended Audience: 15 to 20 South Asian College Students and Allies

Location: TBD


3. Returning home: living with intercultural identity and reverse culture shock as international students

Description:

International students are constantly living in-between the cultural differences at home and abroad. In particular, the readjustment into Asian culture can be challenging for students who’ve studied at North American institutions. In this workshop, we will explore some of the challenges international students face such as reverse culture shock and how to become comfortable with intercultural identity. Students will also have opportunities to share insights with each other in small group discussions and interact with panelists who have gone through the readjustment process after college.
 

Intended Audience: Pan-Asian international students

Location: TBD


4. oral history-making

Description:

Give voice to your own complex Asian American narratives in this session via oral-history-making!  More information to come.

Intended Audience: Pan-Asian college students

Location: TBD


5. breaking the mold: asian, asian americans, and pacific islanders pursuing nontraditional careers

Description:

Coming from a more collectivist family background, it is natural for Asian American students to put their own needs and aspiration second. We have all experienced the traditional career pressures placed on us by our Asian/API parents. In this workshop, we will look at the intersection between our expectations in a career versus expectations of our parents' generation. Is it possible to reconcile both? If so, what does that look like? Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from a panel of speakers currently pursuing nontraditional careers, their struggles, experiences, relationship with their parents, and thoughts about their journey. Members will have a chance to reflect on what and why they are doing what they are doing now, conflicting expectations, where they hope to be next.

Intended Audience:  Pan-Asian college students

Location: TBD


6. Cracking the bamboo ceiling: to be aapi in the workplace

Description:

"Bamboo Ceiling," coined by Jane Hyun in 2005, refers to the challenges Asians and Asian Americans face in obtaining positions of leadership despite excelling both academically and professionally. There are multiple theories for A/AAPI underrepresentation in leadership roles, including cultural differences in communication, cultural values that promote humility, stereotypes that suggest AAPI do not make good leaders, etc. This session will feature a panel of experts [from HBS?] who have conducted research on organizational behavior and issues of race and identity in the workplace. The panel will also feature A/AAPI professionals who will share their own experiences in their career trajectories. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on their own assumptions and expectations for their future career paths.

Intended Audience: Pan-Asian college students

Location: TBD


7. the role of art and mental health in the asian american community

Description:
In this session, we will discuss the ways the arts can aid in expression and healing of mental health. The discussion would start with scientific evidence of how various art forms affect the brain, and flow into personal discussions on the effect of performing on mental health. From providing a way for self-expression, serving as an outlet for emotions, or being an escape from reality, the arts and its intersection with mental health is a booming field that can be readily be implemented into any scenario. Participants will participate in a maker space workshop that provides different modes of art expression, which will then lead into a informal open mic / presentation.

Intended Audience: Pan-Asian college students

Location: TBD


8. asian american masculinity

Description:

This session will discuss the culturization of Asian American men as "sexless" as a product of systematic American oppression. We will begin with a brief review of the history of AA masculinity pre-1950s before moving into a discussion about contemporary times/dating centered around storytelling. Participants will unpack modern biases against Asian men through a guided discussion of online dating studies and a portraiture of audience experiences. This session is meant for participants to gain a deeper sense of their own masculinity and identity by understanding how AA men have experienced oppression through ideological, institutional, interpersonal and individual means.

Intended Audience: Pan-Asian college men and allies

Location: TBD