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Colorado Asian-American student conference emphasizes 'Power of One'

Second annual Colorado Asian American Leadership Conference targets individual empowerment

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Colorado Asian American Leadership Conference

Date: Saturday, March 20
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday
Place: Tivoli Student Union at Auraria Campus, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, 80204 [map]
Cost: $20/by March 13; $25/by March 19; on-site registion TBD


The conference is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors as well as college students of Asian American descent to address cultural and societal issues faced by the Asian American community. Students also enhance their skills, knowledge and network to help them address these issues. Denver County Judge Kerry Hada will be the keynote speaker during the banquet and spoken word artist Beau Sia will provide entertainment. For more information, go to conference.nextgenvoices.org.

DENVER – Next Generation Voices will host its second annual Colorado Asian American Leadership Conference on March 20 at the Tivoli Student Union on the Auraria Campus.


The daylong conference focuses on developing skills and addressing cultural and societal issues faced by college and upper-level high school Asian-American students. Denver County Court Judge Kerry Hada will be the keynote speaker at the banquet and spoken word artist Beau Sia is slated to perform. This year's theme, "The Power of One," targets on individual empowerment.


"We are basing the workshops around the power of one, as in one person having the ability to make a large difference," said Kenneth Phi, co-president of NGV. "Having the strength and leadership within yourself to create a strong ripple effect and being able to climb up that ladder whether it's helping the community or in politics or in any type of leadership."


Organizers are planning to have 12 workshops, ranging from building leadership skills and improving speaking abilities. One, entitled "Replanting Our Roots," will focus on helping students figuring out their identities by exploring their heritage.


"(We will) be around looking to our group, looking to our family line in order to figure our identity ... and figure our that cultural aspect of ourself that we often forget," conference Co-Chair Anh Thu Nguyen said.


Organizers moved the location of the conference to the Tivoli Student Union as a cost-cutting measure, but subsequently, it has allowed them to lower registration costs for students. The price for registering by March 13 is $20 and it is $25 after until March 19 – half as much as it was last year. Groups of more than 10 who register receive a $5 discount per person.


"It would be just as centralized at Auraria Campus, in the middle of downtown, but we would be able to cut our costs," Phi said. "We would be able to bring a lot of the high school students who haven't been able to go to a college campus."


To help subsidize the costs of the event, the organizers are holding a fundraiser at United Chinese Restaurant at 12161 Sheridan Blvd. in Broomfield. From 5 to 9:30 p.m., 25 percent of the bill will go toward the group when patrons say they are supporting NGV.


"I know that oftentimes we're emphasized to be Asian American," conference Co-Chair Anh Thu Nguyen said, "but I don't think many realize what it means to be Asian American and how important it is to finding who you are."


For more information about the conference, go to conference.nextgenvoices.org.

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