Asian-American Alliance at Columbia University is Proud to Announce That the Theme of Crossroads This Year is "Converge."

Join us on March 24, 2018 at Barnard College as we explore intersecting identities within the Asian-American community.

We hope that students will be able to brainstorm how to solve the issues that come about in these intersections. We want students to see how diverse our community and how there are so many different issues that can be addressed within our community and to develop effective tools to organize against them. We want to foster an understanding that no single Asian-American experience is the same, but we can mobilize as a community to show solidarity and fight against it.

We hope that students will be able to build connections and relationships with other students across New York City and organizers working on different issues that will last well beyond the conclusion of our conference. We want students to build these student networks in discussion-oriented groups that focus on creating dialogue about issues plaguing the Asian-American community and brainstorm ideas for how to best address these problems. We will organize students into cohorts led by discussion facilitators who will initiate a long-lasting conversation on political activism within the Asian-American community and guide them through creating a plan of action for the future. We would also encourage organizers (guest speakers/workshop facilitators) to share how students can get involved and stay connected with the groups they represent. We want to make sure that our attendees know that there are others like them who care and hope that they will find the connections needed to mobilize and support each other in the fight for justice.

To help attendees cross the threshold of turning concerns into action we will ask them to create project proposals in their cohort groups as a way to practice the tools they learned during the conference. This way, we hope they will realize that they, in fact, do have the tools and knowledge to take action for the issues they care about. We hope that this project proposal will help the attendees realize they can move beyond discussion and that, even as youth, they have the power to mobilize and fight injustices.


This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Meet Your Crossroads Co-Directors


Celena Dong

Celena is a freshman at Columbia College originally from Gainesville, Florida. She hopes that Crossroads 2018 will create a space that helps Asian-American youth explore their identities and spark change across their communities. In her free time, she enjoys illustrating art, looking at dog pictures, and baking muffins!


Emily He

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Emily is a first-year student at Barnard College. Emily is so excited to be bringing you Crossroads 2018 and hopes that it will help you build relationships with the Asian-American activist community. In their free time, you can find them organizing in Chinatowns, eating ice cream, doing improv, and petting dogs (yes, all at once!).


Mary liu

Mary is a junior at Columbia and originally from San Jose, California. She spent a year volunteering with the Catholic Church and working with non-profit organizations in China and Thailand. She is passionate about inspiring a sense of civic duty among all Americans and creating community among Asian-American students on campus.