PROGRAM

2022 US Tzu Chi Collegiate Association (TCCA) Leadership Conference

The 2022 US TCCA Leadership Conference will be held in person in San Jose, California! We cordially invite all current and future Tzu Ching leaders and recent Tzu Ching graduates to join us. Please read on to learn key information about registering for this year’s conference.

August 11–14, 2022

What is this year’s TCCA conference about?

The themes for this year’s TCCA leadership conference are “Protect life and diligently work for the good of all” and “Join hands together to spread love with faith, vows, and action.” By building upon prior teachings, this year’s set of workshops, speakers, and classes will empower youths to forge a healthier, more equitable, and sustainable future. 

Our slogan for the conference, “One light shines bright, many lights illuminate the night,” refers to our goal of broadening each individual Tzu Ching member’s perspective regarding service and care for their community. By expanding our awareness from local chapters to the wider issues affecting both the nation and the planet, we hope to instill a sense of agency within each Tzu Ching member, facilitating unity and collaboration with core Tzu Chi values such as gratitude, respect, and Great Love in mind. Ultimately, this year’s conference will create a space where Tzu Ching members can reaffirm their vows to act diligently with love, kindness, and purpose alongside other like-minded and compassionate young leaders. 

We will also recognize the 30th anniversary of Tzu Ching, and bring attention to the activities and missions of Tzu Ching on a global scale. Young leaders around the US will be able to understand the history of organized youth activities in Tzu Chi and the critical role that youths continue to play today.

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Dates

  • TCCA Leadership Conference Dates: 8/11/22–8/14/22
  • Planning Team Retreat (staff only): 8/10/22–8/11/22
  • Conference check-in: 8/11/22 from 2-5 PM

The conference will officially start on Thursday, 8/11/22, at 5 PM and end on Sunday, 8/14/22, at 12 PM. We ask that you make your best effort to attend the entire conference. Limited accommodations will be available for attendees who arrive late or leave early.

What to expect from the conference:

  • Strengthen your knowledge of Tzu Chi and Dharma.
  • Enhance personal and professional leadership skills.
  • Share your chapters’ experiences and best practices with other collegiate chapters.
  • Network with hundreds of other TCCA student leaders across the US.

Who Can Join

The following Tzu Chi and TCCA family members are eligible to attend this year’s conference:

  • Current Tzu Ching members and officers.
  • Recent Tzu Ching graduates (Class of 2019 and later).
  • Tzu Ching regional and chapter advisors.

Event Location

Tzu Chi Northwest Regional Office
2355 Old Oakland Rd
San Jose, CA  95131

Accommodations

The conference planning team will coordinate most accommodations for conference participants. Attendees are responsible for arranging their transportation to and from San Jose; please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your regional or chapter advisor if you have any concerns regarding being able to get to the conference.

Hotel
All conference staff and participants, except for those local, are expected to stay at the conference hotel. 

Transportation
Conference attendees will need to arrange for transportation to and from San Jose, CA. For those driving to the conference location, parking is available on site at no cost throughout the conference. For those flying into San Jose, shuttle service to and from San Jose International Airport (SJC) will be provided. We recommend coordinating travel plans with others from your area (e.g., arrange carpools, plan to take the same flight, etc.)

Transit between the conference hotel and the Tzu Chi Northwest Regional Office will be provided.

Meals
Meals and snacks will be provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or other special requests, and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Conference Fee

The conference fee helps to but does not fully offset the cost of hosting the conference, including lodging, food, transportation, and facilities. Different rates will apply depending on your role in Tzu Chi and your lodging preferences.

We aim for all interested Tzu Ching to be able to attend the conference. Conference fee waivers are available. If you have concerns about the conference fee, we encourage you to apply for a conference fee waiver.

The conference fee will be collected at conference check-in through cash or check (made payable to “Tzu Chi Foundation”). Additional donations are highly appreciated.

Type

Conference Fees

Tzu Ching and Recent Graduates

Early Bird Registration (through 5/8/22)

$50

Early Bird Registration (through 5/8/22)

$70

Advisors

Early Bird Registration (through 5/8/22)

$145

Regular Registration (5/9/22-5/31/22)

$165

Local Attendees

Early Bird Registration (through 5/8/22)

$40

Regular Registration (5/9/22-5/31/22)

$40

Cancellation Policy

We understand that your plans may change unexpectedly. Please note a cancellation fee may apply if you cancel your registration after 6/30/22.

  • Cancel before 6/30/22: No cancellation fee.
  • Cancel between 7/1/22 and 7/15/22: $20 cancellation fee.
  • Cancel after 7/16/22: $50 cancellation fee.

There will be no cancellation fee for those who are unable to attend the conference due to COVID-19 infection.

COVID-19 Policy

The health and safety of all conference staff and participants is our highest priority. We are continuing to monitor the rapidly changing and unpredictable COVID-19 landscape. To provide a safe environment for all, we will adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local health authorities, and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation.

In addition, we are considering the following additional measures to protect the health and safety of all our attendees, speakers, and staff:

  • Requiring conference participants to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with booster.
  • Requiring conference participants to wear a KN95 or N95 mask at all times. Masks will be provided.
  • Requiring conference participants to submit proof of a negative test within a few days prior to the start of the conference.
  • Requiring daily rapid testing of all conference participants. Testing kits will be provided.
  • Requiring daily temperature checks during the conference.
  • Encouraging those feeling sick or experiencing COVID-like symptoms to not participate in the in-person conference.
  • Providing timely alerts in the event of potential COVID-19 exposure.
  • Limiting the number of conference participants to allow for sufficient physical distancing.
  • Conducting as many sessions and activities outdoors as possible and improving ventilation.
  • Adopting sanitation best practices and promoting effective hand hygiene practices.

By registering for the conference, you understand that attending the event carries a risk of exposure to COVID-19 and agree to follow all required measures implemented to protect the health of all conference staff and participants.

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