Welcome to ASB/VIA!

We're so excited to welcome all of you to our ASB trip this year! Alex and I are both super excited to get to know all of you and work on some cool and exciting projects together.

Like we mentioned in the trip description, this isn't your normal ASB trip - we're going to be working closely with VIA who will be bringing students from Japan to collaborate with us on our projects over spring break. Since you already know a little about me and Alex from the application, I thought we'd give Yi Zhang, who's helping us coordinate the trip, a chance to introduce herself.

Yi Zhang, VIA Social Innovation Program Director

Hi everyone, it's great to meet you all virtually and we're looking forward to an exciting time of co-creating and exchange. In addition to running exchange programs about social innovation for Japanese and other East Asian students at VIA, I've also enjoyed delving into the world design-thinking--my favorite recent memory was probably running a d.think workshop at the Kyoto Impact Hub to launch the first +Acumen Osaka chapter.

The ASB/VIA trip you're about to start is also part of our 3-year project with the Japan Foundation to strengthen the ecosystem of social innovation between Japan and the US, so congratulations for being the first group to help us kick this project off together--can't wait to get started!

Help us get to know you!

Finally, we have a quick survey for you to fill out so we can find out a little more about each of you. Please fill this out ASAP! We need to register the class and we're trying to fit it into all of your schedules so the sooner you let us know when you can attend the better chances we'll have of getting a good time!

Looking forward to meeting you all soon!