Event Details

Join fellow Cornellians, friends, and family to celebrate the Cornell Asian Alumni Association, the accomplishments of our honoree Rebecca Lee ‘08, and the Lunar New Year!

Saturday, January 27, 2024
6:00 p.m. Reception 7:00 p.m. Banquet Dinner

Golden Unicorn Restaurant
18 E Broadway New York, NY 10002

Keynote Speaker
Rebecca Lee ‘08 Former Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI)

About the Event
This event includes an authentic eleven-course banquet, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and cultural performances. A portion of the ticket price goes toward funding the CAAA undergraduate scholarship program. The evening will also include a silent auction to benefit the Cornell Asian & Asian American Center.

Dress Code
Business casual and festive attire

Registration Details
Friend Level Ticket: $185
Young Alumni (2013-2023) / Student Ticket: $130, 2 per person limit
Children (12 and under) Ticket: $60

See registration for additional banquet donation levels and Cornell Giving Society tiered pricing.

Silent Auction
Our silent auction is virtual and open to all, and in addition, we will have a few exclusive items available in a limited in-person silent auction. The auction will be live on January 20th, and we will send out a link when it is ready.

About Our Keynote Speaker

Rebecca Lee has dedicated more than 15 years to serving Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities across the United States. She most recently served as Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in the Biden-Harris Administration. In that role, she coordinated and implemented federal programs and initiatives to advance equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) communities. During her tenure, she led the launch of the first-ever national strategy to advance equity for AA and NHPIs, a regional economic summit series, and the historic White House Forum on AA and NHPIs featuring Vice President Kamala Harris. Rebecca now consults with and advises AA and NHPI organizations and initiatives on strategy, outreach, and communications.

Rebecca was previously Communications Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders under the Obama-Biden Administration. She also held public affairs roles at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services after joining the federal government as a Presidential Management Fellow.

With a passion for improving the lives of and creating opportunities for AA and NHPI youth, Rebecca co-founded national anti-bullying organization Act To Change and served as Chair of the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership. Rebecca received her master’s degree from Columbia University and bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, where she led a diverse coalition to found the Asian & Asian-American Center.

COVID-19 Considerations
The restaurant is fully ventilated with upgraded HVAC and UV lights so that air will quickly be exhausted from the space.

Event Questions? Marvin Chang MBA ‘98 & Mohammad Radiyat ’15, Banquet Co-Chairs, Cornell Asian Alumni Association
Quentara Johnson, Associate Director, Diversity Alumni Programs

Registration Questions?
Brendan West, Program Assistant, Diversity Alumni Programs

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