The Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Student Association (ITASA) is a national non-profit, student-run organization that connects. inspires. and empowers the Taiwanese American student community. ITASA’s annual West Coast Conference attracts nearly 200 undergraduates nationwide who attend workshops led by prominent Taiwanese American speakers, social events to meet fellow students, and interactive discussions about culture, identity, education, and leadership.
Our vision for this conference is to create a space where the Taiwanese American identity is strengthened through critical exploration and meaningful relationship-building. All attendees will be treated as "space cadets" and will be taken with the knowledge, networks, and passion to positively apply their Taiwanese American identity within Asian Pacific America and the global community.
Explore We aim to explore both the diversity of identities within Taiwanese America and the array of xperiences within ourselves to renew our sense of self and community.
Equip We recognize the vast supply of resources within our community and believe everyone should and can be equipped with the skills, knowledge, and networks necessary to realize their aspirations.
Engage We strive to engage our attendees by immersing them fully, both mentally and physically, in the challenge of self-discovery and exploration within not only the Taiwanese American community but also the broader global society.
The theme, “To Infinity and Beyond”, seeks to inspire all attendees to use their Taiwanese American identity to go above and beyond with their dreams and aspirations.This mission first requires thorough preparation. The USC Space Command Team will first launch the program by inducting attendees as Space Cadets on a mission to critically explore their identities and potentials.
Each step of the training process has been carefully crafted to give our cadets the right Fuel for Thought that will help them Discover their Abilities, and ultimately, Activate the Engine to go to infinity and beyond with their most fiery passions!
In order to ensure quality training, we strive to enhance the experience through allowing the attendees to collaborate and bond together with the crew by touching base. Our asteroid breakers and socials will also allow them to gravitate together.
“To Infinity and Beyond” spans beyond our imagination and challenges us to redefine the core value of the Taiwanese American identity. Within the comfortable space of the conference, the attendees will be able to reflect upon their role as Taiwanese Americans back on earth.
By the end of the training, the attendees will be equipped with the necessary motivation, inspiration, and confidence to impact their diverse communities back at home, as proud Taiwanese Americans. The conference lands them back on earth to return to their cultural roots.
Fuel for Thought The mission begins with “Fuel For Thought,” where space cadets will get pumped about their identity as they learn about what it means to be Taiwanese American. They will also learn about why their identity is important and how it can be used to fuel their everyday lives.
Discover Abilities The next stage is to “Discover Your Abilities.” Space cadets will discover how their identities can overlap with their personal unique strengths. They will also learn how they can use this combination to explore new grounds, or galaxies, while setting themselves apart as outstanding leaders and individuals.
Activate the Engine Now that the space cadets have a solid foundation and understanding of their identity and their personal strengths, it is time to “Activate the Engine”! Before our space cadets “return back on earth”, they will need to activate their fiery and passionate energy, sparking them to take initiative and apply the things they have learned to their respective communities and beyond!