Jiawen Tang is a junior majoring in Economics and Political Science at Columbia University. She is active in the Asian American community on campus and her goal is to promote awareness of issues regarding Asian Americans. In her freshman year, Jiawen joined Columbia’s Asian American Alliance (AAA), a student advocacy organization that seeks to promote understanding, foster dialogue, and create a sense of awareness within the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) community at Columbia University. For the past two years she has worked on issues ranging from civic engagement to dispelling the “Model Minority” myth and initiated projects that have built meaningful coalitions with other student groups on campus. In 2013, Jiawen was elected president of AAA. In this role she has organized events such as conferences and panel discussions that have brought issues affecting Asian Americans to the forefront of Columbia’s student community.
In 2013 she also served as the Associate Chair of Programming for the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU), the oldest and largest national collegiate conference for Asian American issues. Jiawen oversaw the programming of over 50 workshops for the conference, which lasted for three days and was attended by over 1,200 students from across the country
Jiawen’s leadership and involvement with social advocacy extends beyond the Asian American community. She developed a fascination for international relations and has been involved with the model UN since her freshman year of high school. For the past three years, as an executive board member of the Columbia International Relations Council and Association (CIRCA), Jiawen has led efforts to organize the Columbia Model United Nations Conference and Exposition (CMUNCE), an annual student-run conference that brings together over 750 high school students from around the world to Columbia’s campus for crisis simulation exercises. The purpose of CMUNCE is to inspire high school students to develop the skills needed to be the next generation of leaders and Jiawen is proud contributor to the process.