General Information

What is NEIVSA?

The New England Intercollegiate Vietnamese Student Association (NEIVSA) was founded in 1985. NEIVSA is an alliance of Vietnamese Student Associations from 8 colleges and universities in the New England area. We strive to unify the Vietnamese-American community of New England by encouraging leadership and service through numerous initiatives. NEIVSA looks to continuously maintain a network that will serve as a valuable resource for the community and Vietnamese youth. For more information, please visit newenglandivsa.org

The Vietnamese Empowerment Summit (VES) is NEIVSA's main event of the year and one of our proudest accomplishments. It is a full weekend-long conference (Fri-Sun) that has grown over the past five years by continuing to motivate and inspire attendees from across the country to be more involved in their communities while also networking with people from different walks of life. The Summit includes inspirational speakers, professional and cultural workshops, and other educational and social activities that expand on attendees' interests and professional skill sets.

What is the Seventh Annual Vietnamese Empowerment Summit (VES-7)?

Where and when is VES-7 ?

The Vietnamese Empowerment Summit begins on Friday, March 26, 2021 and ends on Sunday, March 28, 2021. This year's Summit will be held virtually on Zoom.

Who will attend VES-7?

College students and young professionals will attend VES. Many of our attendees are associated with a university affiliated Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) in the New England region, however, every year we are joined by members of VSA organizations from all over the country! If you are under the age of 18, it is necessary to fill out a minor waiver form that will be submitted during check-in.

What is this year's theme?

The theme for this year’s summit is: “The Next Step.” In what has felt like the longest year of our lives, we have experienced and stood witness to hardships that range anywhere from our individual struggles to magnified societal problems. Looking back on this time of turmoil has led us to ask the question, “When will everything go back to normal?” Furthermore, when our lives do return to normal, what will lie ahead of us? This uncharted territory is undoubtedly a journey many will soon begin, where we will have time to reflect on ourselves. Rather than adapting to new changes and moving on with our lives, this is a crucial period of time where we as a community can unite to build upon what we’ve learned, whether it be new hobbies, skills, or simply what we’ve learned from mistakes made.

Is there a dress code at the Vietnamese Empowerment Summit?

Presentable but also comfy :)

For further questions, please contact us via email at summit.executives@newenglandivsa.org.

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Registration and Pricing Questions

How do I register for the Seventh Annual Vietnamese Empowerment Summit?

Summit Registration for VES-7 opens for Alumni on February 17, 2021 at 6 PM EST. In addition, ICC schools will receive codes for Reserved ICC registration on February 13, 2021. Regular Registration will open on February 17th, 2021 at 6 PM EST. More information on workshop registration will be provided at a later date.

When is the registration deadline?

The deadline for ICC Reserved Registration is February 16, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.

The deadline for Regular Registration is February 27, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.

The deadline for Alumni Registration is February 27, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.

The deadline to transfer your conference registration is February 27, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.

What is the cost of conference registration?

The summit registration fee is $35 for Alumni. Attendees registering with an ICC School Reserved Code is $20. The conference registration fee is $25 for Regular Registration.

How will I know if my registration payment is processed and confirmed?

A confirmation email will be sent to you.

What forms of payment are accepted?

PayPal is preferred however you do not need a PayPal account in order to pay for registration. There will be an option to pay by debit or credit card through PayPal.

How long will it take to verify my payment?

A confirmation email should occur immediately after completing the payment form. Depending on website traffic, it may take a couple of minutes.

What is included in my registration fee?

Registration includes three days of summit programming, including keynote presentations, workshops, family activities, entertainment; a VES-7 t-shirt and swag bag. 

Can I get on a waiting list for conference registration?

Yes, once registration is full you may fill out this form (http://bit.ly/ves7regwaitlist) to get on the waitlist for a spot as they come available.

How will I confirm that I am on the conference registration waitlist?

Please fill out the conference registration waitlist form. Tickets are allocated on a first-come-first serve basis. Being on the waitlist DOES NOT guarantee a spot to VES-7. All tickets will be allocated by March 1st, 2021.

If I am registered but am no longer able to attend VES-7, can I give up my secured spot to a friend on the waitlist?

Yes, you are allowed to transfer a ticket to another person if you can no longer attend. The last date for transferrals of registration is February 27th, 2021. Please contact summit.registration@newenglandivsa.org for further information. Include “Transfer Request” within your subject line.

What other opportunities are available if I am not able to secure a registration spot for VES-7?

Opportunities include participating in the #TakeMetoVES7, EXEC Scholarship, Family Leaders for a chance of winning a registration spot or attending VES-7 as a performer.


How do I make the most out of my VES-7 summit experience?

To make the most out of the VES-7 conference experience, one must arrive and participate in all of the programming VES-7 has to offer. Attending your assigned workshops and engaging in family activities will provide you with both fun and educational experiences during the summit. Another way would also be to step out of your comfort zone. There are many people from all over the region attending this conference and with them they bring their own experiences and so getting to know different people will expand your network of peers and colleagues.

What opportunities are provided at the Vietnamese Empowerment Summit?

There are opportunities to speak with alumni who have been part of NEIVSA, who are there to share their knowledge on their professional life, which gives you the chance to potentially connect with them if you are interested in the career path that they are in. Another opportunity is learning something new or gaining new insight on certain topics that will be covered during workshop presentations that you can leave the summit with and continue to explore in your own lives. There will also be opportunities to bond with people you just met, whether they are part of your family or not. VES-7 is all about making new friendships and personal development while empowering one another.

What type of workshops will be presented at VES-7?

A variety of workshops will be presented such as cultural, personal development, career resources, and more. Workshops will all be run differently, depending on the presenter. Some will be run like a lecture, some will have engaging activities/games, some will require opening up and talking about difficult issues.

What are families and how do I find out what family I'm in?

Families are groups that attendees will be placed in before the summit. Attendees are expected to be with their families for most of the conference (other than workshops, gala, and opening/closing ceremony) because family programming will be activities planned for you all. Prior to the summit, family leaders will be reaching out to the respective family members to get to know one another before conference.