Asian Columbia Alumni Association - ACAA

Asian Columbia Alumni Association - ACAA

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On June 7, the Asian Columbia Alumni Association - ACAA welcomes U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng, the first and only Asian American Member of Congress from New York State, for a conversation on enacting change through government, piercing the bamboo ceiling as an AAPI attorney and legislator, and combating anti-Asian violence and racism.

Sign up now to tune in: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/8316216111140/WN_jmL1C_JDRlKXiIighcbOQQ
Happy #LunarNewYear and #YearoftheOx! Each year, the Asian Columbia Alumni Association - ACAA hosts a celebratory Lunar New Year Banquet, featuring a Chinese Lion Dance performance by Columbia Lion Dance Troupe students, followed by a 10-course Chinese banquet. While we can't celebrate in person this year, here are some wonderful memories of years past. May this year bring health, prosperity, and the opportunity to gather together again soon.
A recent McKinsey & Company report found that Asian American communities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Stakeholders in the public, private, and social sectors can help spur their recovery and promote greater equity. Join us on September 25 for an in-depth discussion with Asian American leaders in the public and private sector and a deeper dive into report findings. Sign up here: https://mck.co/3hL91Jb

Speakers include:
Tracey Doi, CFO, Toyota Motor North America
Craig Robinson, EVP, Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal
Gregg Orton, National Director, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans
What was your favorite Midtown locale?

"Mr. Yang, 53, a novelist and commentator who worked for the Chinese foreign ministry before moving to Australia and becoming a citizen in 2000, has spent the past two years with his family in New York, where he works as a visiting scholar at Columbia University."
I'm on the Board of the Columbia Club Northern California. I'm the new administor of the Club's FB Group.
Please join our FB Group if you're connected to the SF BayArea and wish to be informed of Columbia's activities in the region.
Vitus Lau '81 BUS (Silicon Valley) https://www.facebook.com/groups/ColumbiaNorcalAlum/
Join us for our 17th Annual Asian Diversity Career Expo!

Meet recruiters, network, and get your resume reviewed in one day!

For details and registration:

1) Go to http://asianlife.com/ems/ems_main.html?event_id=42§ion_e=registration_at
2) Enter promo code COLUMBIA18 for free admissions

Code expires on Nov. 6th, so please register soon!

#ADICareerExpo
SF Bay Area Lions......

Join your fellow Ivy League alumni, friends and guests for a private pre-screening of Crazy Rich Asians in Redwood City!

The story follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life.

Seats are limited so register today!
Cost: $14.50 per person
Date: Monday, August 13th
Time: Doors open at 7:30pm, screening begins at 8:00pm

Register here:
http://bit.ly/sfba-crazyrichasiansSF

Questions: Please contact John Lin via email: [email protected] (our Cornell alum event organizer)

See you at the movies!
Annual CAA Winter Wonderland event for Recent Alumni (Classes of 2007-2017). This event will be taking place on Friday, January 26th at Sky Room on 40th Street. The link to register is below and it would be greatly appreciated if you could share this with the Recent Alumni in your groups.

Hello! My name is Chris Lam (SEAS '17) and I am a proud new member of ACAA. I and a few other recent graduates, with the guidance of Genna Farley (Assistant Director, Shared Interest Groups, Alumni Center), are assembling a committee to start up a Shared Interest Group (SIG) for Columbia alumni centered on first-gen identities. Broadly speaking, our vision is to develop institutional and community-based support for that last part of the pipeline - college into post-graduation - since, as the first in our families to graduate from college, we stand to learn a lot from those who have done the same.

We are planning to meet for the first time as a broader team in the next two weeks. I would like to invite all ACAA members who find this work relevant to join us - as Columbia alumni who have life and work experience, your perspectives will be valuable to building a sustainable SIG.

If you are interested in joining us for our meeting, please fill out this when2meet (https://www.when2meet.com/?6236586-61gvQ) to let us know your availability (you can also call into the meeting). Looking forward to sharing the SIG love!

ACAA (Asian Columbia Alumni Association) is intent in addressing the needs of Asian alumni from all schools of Columbia University. Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/acaa95/albums
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8431082

ACAA (Asian Columbia Alumni Association) provides a structured framework for Asian alumni to sustain links to Columbia University, current Asian students and fellow Asian alumni. We play an active role in helping current Asian students and we act as a collective voice on relevant Columbia University policies and developments.

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12/23/2021

Happy Holidays from the Asian Columbia Alumni Association!

ACAA is proud to continue representing the Asian alumni community and we wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous New Year!

11/12/2021

Register today for ACAA Welcome Back Virtual Reception 2021! Happening on Thursday, November 18 at 7:30pm ET.

The Asian Columbia Alumni Association invites you to join Columbia alumni and current students for an evening of networking at the Annual ACAA Welcome Back Virtual Reception featuring Melinda Aquino ‘12SPS, Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs for Undergraduate Student Life at Columbia University. Aquino has over 22 years of experience working in higher education with a focus on equity and inclusion. In the 16 years she has been at Columbia, she has worked with the Multicultural Affairs team, students, faculty and campus partners to develop programs and resources for undergraduate students at Columbia College and Columbia Engineering with a focus on intersectionality, dialogue, identity development, bias response and advocacy. She also founded the All Ivy Social Justice and Inclusion Consortium, a network of professionals among the Ivy League whose work focuses on diversity, social justice, and institutional responsibility.

Join us on Thursday, November 18th as we hear Aquino talk about how students are adjusting to coming back on campus, what programs are in place at the Office of Multicultural Affairs to support students, and her work in advancing social justice, equity and inclusion in higher education. There will also be an opportunity to network with alumni and students.

Register here: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtdu2trj4vGtWC3pByDuqfGZDi_92HmCNC

10/20/2021

Happy Columbia Giving Day! You still have until the end of the day to get involved. Visit Columbia's Giving Day website to make a gift of your cause and choose Asian Columbia Alumni Association (ACAA) as your Shared Interest Group (SIG) affiliation (only shown on the actual donation page):
https://givingday.columbia.edu/pages/columbia-giving-day-home

This year, ACAA hosted a number of virtual events with reputable Asian-American leaders across industries, including a fireside chat with U.S. congresswoman Grace Meng back in June, a book discussion with CC’92 alumna Marie Mutsuki Mockett, and the third annual Hong Yen Chang award reception honoring Hyung Bak, Esq. ‘97LAW, General Counsel of Warby Parker.

Last year, in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May 2020, ACAA hosted a webinar featuring the Asian Columbia alumni who quickly mobilized to raise more than $1 million in cash and equipment for medical staff at a time when frontline hospital workers in New York were facing a severe shortage of PPE.

This experience demonstrated the power of a well-connected alumni network, and it is clear that ACAA’s purpose in connecting Columbia alumni with a shared interest in the Asian experience is needed now, more than ever before. Help us demonstrate the reach of our network by joining ACAA members in contributing to a variety of causes at Columbia University. Remember to select “Asian Columbia Alumni Association” in the SIG affiliation drop-down menu when donating!

06/16/2021

ACAA wishes you all a very happy Pride Month!
Columbia Pride is hosting an event this Thursday, June 17th, 7pm ET. Please register here: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMode6uqjopG9VjqonJOh1WGCz2kn9JCWZQ

Join Columbia Pride for a celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community during Pride Month. Keynote speaker, Fred P. Hochberg ’75BUS will talk with Pride Board Member Jason Rizzi ’14SPS about his experiences before, during, and after studying at Columbia. Don't miss out on hearing stories from Fred’s career and volunteer service—most recently he was Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank under the Obama Administration, and has held various leadership volunteer roles championing nonprofit missions, notably as co-Chair of the Board of the Human Rights Campaign. Following Fred’s remarks, attendees will have the chance to connect with him and other alumni from around the world through breakout room discussions. We hope you'll join us!

06/04/2021

Fireside Chat with Congresswoman Grace Meng - Celebrating Asian Trailblazers in Government

Date and Time: Monday, June 7, 2021 | 6:00PM-7:00PM EST

The Asian Columbia Alumni Association (ACAA) is honored to welcome U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng, the first and only Asian American Member of Congress from New York State, to Columbia at Home. Congresswoman Meng will share her thoughts on enacting change through government, piercing the bamboo ceiling as an AAPI attorney and legislator, and combating anti-Asian violence and racism. Congresswoman Meng is an outspoken advocate for the API community and represents the Sixth Congressional District of New York encompassing the borough of Queens, including west, central and northeast Queens. Margaret Ling ESQ. '78BC, ACAA Board Member will moderate the discussion.

Register at the following link: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/8816216062530/WN_jmL1C_JDRlKXiIighcbOQQ

05/29/2021

Alumni of Color Reception

Date and Time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 | 7:00PM-8:30PM EST

Hear from Dean Valentini, Dean Rosen-Metsch, Dean Boyce and Dean Grinage, who will speak on the University's efforts to fight racial discrimination. Then, leaders from the Black Alumni Council, the Asian Columbia Alumni Association, and the Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University will host breakout rooms for their communities to gather, reconnect, socialize and provide updates. This reception is open to all, not just CC alumni.

Register for the event by signing up for the reunion at Columbia's Reunion 2021 site (https://www.college.columbia.edu/alumni/events/reunion2021) and clicking "attending" for the Alumni of Color Reception.

05/23/2021

ACAA is joining Columbia Alumni Association's Southern California club for its VIRTUAL SOCIAL HOUR celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

Time: MAY 25, 2021 6pm PT/9pm ET

Please join in the festivities! Register at the following link: https://socal.alumni.columbia.edu/virtual_socialhour_20210525.

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Third Annual Hong Yen Chang Award. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. 05/19/2021

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Third Annual Hong Yen Chang Award. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Third Annual Hong Yen Chang Award

Time: May 20, 2021 07:00 PM ET

Registration: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0uf-CpqjsjHNAYGVz-QfcJqMNeec9NtFjK

Please join the Asian Columbia Alumni Association (ACAA), the Columbia Law School Association, the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), and the Korean American Lawyers of Greater New York (KALAGNY) for the Third Hong Yen Chang Award Celebration honoring Hyung Bak, Esq. '97LAW, General Counsel, Warby Parker. This event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the contributions of Asian-Americans to the legal profession.

Hyung Bak is General Counsel and Secretary at Warby Parker. He has been in this role since October 2019 and is responsible for managing legal, compliance and corporate governance matters at the company. Previously, Mr. Bak served for four years as Vice President, Group General Counsel and Secretary for AmerisourceBergen Corporation. Prior to AmerisourceBergen, he spent nine years at Campbell Soup Company in senior legal and business roles, including Vice President of Global Procurement, Chief Counsel to Campbell North America, and Chief of Staff to the CEO. Before Campbell Soup, Mr. Bak served as Associate General Counsel at Alexion Pharmaceuticals. He began his legal career in the New York offices of Covington & Burling and Sullivan & Cromwell, following a clerkship with the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Mr. Bak is a graduate of Harvard College, holds an MPA in Domestic Policy from Princeton University, and JD from Columbia University School of Law.

Hong Yen Chang, Columbia Law School Class of 1886, was the first Chinese-American attorney in the United States. A symbol of the aspirations of Asian-Americans, he was the first person posthumously admitted to the California Bar in 2015. He had been improperly denied admission in 1890 because of the Chinese Exclusion Laws.

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Third Annual Hong Yen Chang Award. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. Please join the Asian Columbia Alumni Association (ACAA), the Columbia Law School Association, the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), and the Korean American Lawyers of Greater New York (KALAGNY) for the Third Hong Yen Chang Award Celebration honoring Hyung Bak, Esq. '97LAW, Genera...

We Have to Reimagine: Conversation About Anti-Asian Racism/Violence | Office of the Provost 04/14/2021

We Have to Reimagine: Conversation About Anti-Asian Racism/Violence | Office of the Provost

Upcoming online event: We Have to Reimagine: Conversation About Anti-Asian Racism/Violence

Time: April 21, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The title for this panel takes as its inspiration the words of philosopher and activist Grace Lee Boggs (Barnard College '35). In her call for visionary organizing, she remarked, "We have to reimagine." This interdisciplinary panel will address the historical roots and current manifestations of anti-Asian racism and violence in our collective efforts to reimagine.

Organizer and Moderator:
Ellie Hisama, Professor of Music, Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Panelists:
David Henry Hwang, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, School of the Arts
Akemi Kochiyama, Director of Advancement, Manhattan Country School and Co-Director, Yuri Kochiyama Archives Project
Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Writer in Residence, Center for the Study of Ethnicity & Race (CSER)
Lydia Liu, Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities, East Asian Languages & Cultures, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Mae Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History, Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Please register here: https://provost.columbia.edu/events/we-have-reimagine-conversation-about-anti-asian-racismviolence?utm_source=43871638_470142058&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1633031066_NEW

We Have to Reimagine: Conversation About Anti-Asian Racism/Violence | Office of the Provost The title for this panel takes as its inspiration the words of philosopher and activist Grace Lee Boggs (Barnard College '35). In her call for visionary organizing, she remarked, "We have to reimagine." This interdisciplinary panel will address the historical roots and current manifestations of anti...

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: She Opened the Door | Health and Justice: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. 04/10/2021

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: She Opened the Door | Health and Justice: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

She Opened the Door | Health and Justice: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic

Time: Apr 14, 2021 6:00 PM ET

A year into the pandemic, issues of health inequities, disparities, and injustice have come to the forefront of the public consciousness. Columbia alumnae and faculty who are passionate about these issues have been leading the drive to expose these failures and to improve health care for everyone in our communities.

Please join us for Dr. Brenda Aiken’s (Director of Medical Services for Columbia Health) virtual conversation with Dr. Julia Iyasere (Executive Director of the Dalio Center for Health Justice at New York- Presbyterian) and Dr. Courtney Cogburn (Associate Professor, Columbia School of School Work). Dr. Iyasere will give us the inside view on how the Dalio Center was established just last year to address health disparities, and what the current projects are. And Dr. Cogburn will explore the findings of her transdisciplinary research on racial inequities in healthcare.

Register here:
https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/3816167871250/WN_BWlYxpH4QzyxiKggFf2-Vw?utm_source=43868789_470084939&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1682627638_EVT

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: She Opened the Door | Health and Justice: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. A year into the pandemic, issues of health inequities, disparities, and injustice have come to the forefront of the public consciousness. Columbia alumnae and faculty who are passionate about these issues have been leading the drive to expose these failures and to improve health care for everyone in...

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