Second Annual A4 West Coast Retreat: Destination Los Angeles
A4 held its first west coast event to connect Asian and Asian American alumni in the San Francisco area. Last year’s west coast retreat brought together over 30 alumni from classes ranging from the 70s through 10s,
The Second Annual A4 West Coast Retreat took place under “California dreamy” skies at a Los Angeles bungalow home (equipped with pool and Jacuzzi) on August 10 and 11, 2012. The goal of the retreat was to bring Brown to the large majority of A4 alumni living on the West Coast. Last year’s retreat brought together a number of alumni living in San Francisco.
The event was co-sponsored by the Brown Club of So Cal, Asian/Asian American Alumni Alliance (A4), Alumni of Color Initiative (AOCI), Brown University Latino Alumni Council (BULAC), Inman Page Black Alumni Council (IPC), Transgender, Bisexual, Gay & Lesbian Alumni (TBGALA), and Multicultural Alumni Committee (MAC) of the Brown Alumni Association (BAA).
In attendance at this year’s retreat were A4 Board members from Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, D.C., and St. Louis, along with the West Coast contingency from L.A., San Francisco, and Seattle. The highlight of the two-day retreat was Sunday brunch with several L.A. alumni and a dialogue with Brown’s new Third World Center Director, Mary Grace Almandrez. Mary Grace shared her vision for the TWC and engaged the alumni in a thoughtful and provoking discussion about the role of alumni in making this vision into a reality. Also in attendance from the university were Valerie Cordeiro, Assistant to Regional and Multicultural Programs at Brown, and Brickson Diamond ‘93, distinguished Brown alumni leader.
Following the brunch, A4 conducted its teleconference poolside. Of note at the meeting was the introduction of a constitutional amendment to increase the number of Governors on the A4 Board from nine to twelve. Programming was also discussed, including the launch of the first Diwali Dinners planned by A4. Some of the items on the group’s year-long agenda include the status of ethnic studies at Brown, the creation of the first ever A4 Outstanding Alumni Award, and an alumni gift to be given to all graduating A4 seniors. Much of the planning and coordination for the event is attributed to A4 President Elect Anthony Cheng ’95. In addition to the Hawaiian brunch-feast he planned, which included kalua pork, spam musubi, macaroni salad, fried rice, teriyaki chicken, sweet rolls, etc., Anthony arranged a night to remember for the alumni in attendance. On Saturday evening, the group was treated to a culinary and entertainment experience at the infamous Last Supper Club. What a night! What a weekend!