THE SEEN AND UNSEEN
Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College, Swarthmore College
April 16th and 17th, 2021
Open to all within and outside the Tri-Co community!*
*specific workshops open to API/A-identifying students only
The Tri-College Asian Student Conference, Tri-CASC, is a conference organized by students from the liberal arts colleges that constitute the Tri-College Consortium in Pennsylvania. Created for Asian and Pacific Islander, Asian American, and Pacific Islander American (API/A) identifying students and allies from within the Consortium and institutions in the greater Philadelphia area, this multi-day conference consists of a series of panels, speakers, workshops, and performances centered on the issues that grip API/A communities.
Tri-CASC strives to serve as a place of solidarity, pride, and love for the API/A community and represent the experiences and narratives of Asian and Pacific Islander identifying people in the United States. It is imperative that we progress the critical dialogues occurring at our individual campuses to build coalitions and further understand the nuances of the many API/A experiences. We will examine how our community has been the victim of oppression, both throughout history and in today’s political and social climate, while also acknowledging how API/As have been complicit toward systemic injustices. When we rise, we come together in acknowledgment of how our intersectional identities, respective privileges and disadvantages, histories, and experiences influence our fight for equality, and how none of us are free from our oppression until all oppressed peoples are freed from theirs. By leveraging the collective power of the various API/A communities, we can continue to weave API/A narratives into the complex racial fabric of the United States and deconstruct systems of power.
2021 Conference Theme
Our second annual conference, “The Seen and Unseen,” aims to continue the ongoing dialogue around the Asian, Pacific Islander, Asian American, and Pacific Islander American (API/A) identities. Tri-CASC 2021 serves as a forum in which we ask ourselves how API/A identities are both hyper visible and invisible. By examining how we perceive ourselves, how others perceive us, and how the broader structures in which we are placed influence us, we encourage attendees to reflect on the ways that our experiences and history influence our narratives. We hope to nurture the community healing that is essential to our liberation from histories of oppression and strive to create a framework that allows for multifaceted intersectional conversations that aim to dismantle social constructions so that we may redefine our own identities.