ECAASU 2020:

Building Bridges

Pittsburgh, PA • February 21 - 22, 2020
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What is ECAASU?

The East Coast Asian American Student Union aims to inspire, educate, and empower those interested in Asian American and Pacific Islander issues. We develop leaders, strengthen student networks, build bridges across communities, encourage civic engagement, and advance social justice.

As a student and volunteer led nonprofit, the annual ECAASU conference is the oldest AAPI conference in the nation.

Building Bridges

Affectionately known as “the City of Bridges”, Pittsburgh boasts an expansive network of bridges (446 to be exact) which cross the city’s three rivers. For the upcoming conference, we aim to be inspired from our surroundings and promote what bridges do best: forging connections.

This year’s conference will provide a space for attendees to explore the intersectionality of their identities, forge new relationships with those within the AAPI community, and connect with other marginalized groups through effective allyship and solidarity. This year, our themes are The Steel: Individual, The Forge: Community, and The Bridge: Society.

The Steel— Individual

The Steel demonstrates the strength, characteristics, and work of the individual.

The Forge— Community

The Forge represents the communities and spaces that we come from and the ones that we join.

The Bridge— Society

The Bridge inspires us to create connections between ourselves, our communities, and our collective actions.



The 2020 Conference is jointly hosted by the campuses of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. The opening and closing ceremonies will be held in Downtown Pittsburgh at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel.


As a courtesy for conference attendees coming from out of town, a room block has been reserved for a discounted rate at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel. Please note that you and any guests who will be staying with you are responsible for paying for the hotel room, which is a separate fee from conference registration.

Address: 600 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone Number: (412) 391-4600

Booking Instructions

You must use this link to book through the ECAASU room block.


Is there a cost for registering as an attendee for the conference?

The Early Bird registration fee is a discounted fee of $55, and is open until October 10, 2019. Pittsburgh students and high school students also have a discounted fee of $40. Group registration will be $61.75. Regular registration for individuals will be $65.

What are the different types of registrations and costs?

Early Bird will close on October 10th, 2019.

I'm interested in hosting a workshop. How do I apply?

Apply at to host a workshop! Applications are open until November 8 at 11:59PM.

How do I get to the conference?

For attendees traveling from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, NJ, the DMV, and other areas from the Mid-Atlantic region, we recommend bussing or driving. The Greyhound and Megabus buses depart from most major cities to downtown Pittsburgh, and each drop off at a 10 minute bus or shuttle ride to the Wyndham Hotel. For attendees coming from states outside of the Mid-Atlantic region (ex. Florida, New England), we recommend flying in. The nearest airport is the Pittsburgh International Airport at 1000 Airport Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15231.

Where can I park in Pittsburgh?

Valet parking is available at the hotel for $35 a night. Overnight self parking garages can be found near the hotel for a fee. Street/public garage parking can be paid for at the meters or through the Go Mobile PGH app and rates vary by location. Parking throughout the city is free after 6 PM and Sunday.

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