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Cindy Ng

Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Asian American Activities Center

(She/Her/Hers)

Since joining the A³C staff in 1991, Cindy has worked with faculty, staff and alumni to build community and to create programming and opportunities that support students in their academic and co-curricular endeavors. Cindy works with students on programming, leadership development, and advising and  collaborates with campus partners to ensure that the needs of students are met. Cindy also serves on various University committees. Cindy is a longtime Alameda resident who graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Math. Prior to coming to Stanford, she spent time in New York working as a speechwriter for David N. Dinkins who became the first African American Mayor in New York City.

Office Hours: By appointment



Jerald Adamos

Assistant Dean of Students and Associate Director of the Asian American Activities Center

(He/Him/His)

Jerald joined the A³C staff in early 2012 and works closely with the A³C student staff to coordinate center programs and major events. He also collaborates with staff in other university departments to develop joint programs to bring awareness of campus resources to students and serves as an advisor to the many student groups that identify with the center. Jerald is from San Diego, CA and received a BA in English Education, a MS in Higher Education from the California State University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education at the University of San Francisco. Prior to Stanford, he worked in student leadership development, multicultural education, and Greek affairs in Southern California and worked with Fraternity & Sorority Life and the Row in Residential Education here at Stanford.

Office Hours: By appointment



Latana Thaviseth

Assistant Director of the Asian American Activities Center

(She/Her/Hers)

Latana is the newest member to A³C staff joining the center in 2018. Prior to joining A³C, she has worked in various capacities at higher education institutions in Washington and Southern California. Her roles ranged from institutional research to advising and mentoring to outreach and recruitment.  Latana identifies as Lao American and grew up in Des Moines, WA. She received her BA in American Ethnic Studies from the University of Washington, and a MA degree in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA, where she is currently pursuing her PhD.

Office Hours: By appointment



Anh Truong '14  

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate Student in Residence for Undergraduate Research Support

(She/Her/Hers)

Anh Truong ’04, has returned to Stanford as a second year PhD candidate in Computer Science and her research interests are leveraging computer graphics along with human-computer interaction (HCI) principles to build tools that make it easier for everyday people to share their stories through video. She has joined the A3C staff as our Graduate Student in Residence for Undergraduate Research. Anh’s role will be to serve as a mentor and coach to undergraduates to support and encourage undergraduate research. She is available for one-on-one advising and to assist with all aspects of research and fellowship applications. From the Chappell Lougee application to Haas Summer Fellowships, Anh is available to help with everything from framing a research question to writing the grant or fellowship application. Anh was an undergraduate at Stanford and is very familiar with all the funding opportunities and resources. If you are interested in getting funded for summer projects or independent research come talk to Anh.

Office Hours: Mondays 2PM-4PM or by appointment


Sabrina Chao '21

 

Database Manager

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Cambodian/Chinese American
Major: Human Biology

Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Why you joined the A³C: To find community.
One thing you love about Stanford: I knew it would challenge me and offer many opportunities for growth.
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: Soc 1
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Don’t compare yourself to anyone else and be the best that you can be. 


 


 

Stephanie Chao '20

Digital and Social Media Manager

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Cambodian/Chinese American
Major: Human Biology, Computer Science minor
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Why you joined the A³C: I wanted to become more engaged with the Asian American community at Stanford and to learn more about my own Asian American identity and how that identity has helped shape me as a person. 
One thing you love about Stanford: 
I love the variety and diversity of students at Stanford and the stories, experiences, energy, and knowledge they bring with them. 
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: CS106A
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: 
Slow down and breathe! Don't get caught up in Stanford's fast-paced world and take time for yourself.


 

Kaitlyn Choe '22

Grad Life Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Korean American
Major: Psychology

Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA
Why you joined the A³C: I joined the A3C for a multitude of reasons that revolve like planets around the sun of embracing my Asian heritage. Throughout my childhood, I experienced my API identity as two separate baskets, and for a long time, I thought the bad basket outweighed the good one. While living in a four-generation household meant homemade bossam (a definite pro), it also meant constant exposure to my grandmother’s combustible temper. I associated Korean with the sharp words flung around the house— later, in Korean school, also as evidence of my lacking, my mouth fumbling over the vowels and consonants. I also had to contend with the common struggles facing most API teenagers— Caucasian-centric beauty, achievements dismissed as genetics, and other destructive stereotypes and standards. Only recently, thanks to serious amounts of reflection, intentional listening, and empathy through literature and my own family’s stories, have I started the process of loving this body that pumps with the blood of my kin. When I arrived at Stanford during NSO and went to the A3C events, I knew that this center was the perfect place to continue that journey.
One thing you love about Stanford: Usually, I don’t believe in love at first sight. Stanford, though, proved to be an exception (something I’d say it’s pretty good at). I’ll never forget walking into a room full of excited, deserving ProFros receiving their C/O 2022 shirts and hearing the Friends theme song float through the air. I fell in love. Granted, I didn’t feel like I belonged immediately— it’s my second week here as a freshman, and I’m still not confident in the feeling. However, I knew that this was a space for me to find out where I belonged. More importantly, as emphasized throughout the rest of Admit Weekend, I could count on having incredible people around me to love and support me until I did.
One class/program you want to participate in: learning Korean! 
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Don't be afraid to be uncomfortable! Take care of your body, your mind, and your relationships. Be intentional about advice you want to take, and have fun/keep things in perspective!


Jacky Chu '20

iLive Coordinator

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Ethnicity: Chinese American
Major: Human Biology
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Why you joined the A³C: To learn more about my own identities and advocacy in the Asian American community.
One thing you love about Stanford: The community centers!
One class/program you want to participate in: FEMGEN 133: Transgender Performance and Performativity
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Don’t overcommit yourself. Take time to take care of yourself and maintain your relationships.


 

Winnie Huang '22

 

Speaker Series Coordinator 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Chinese American
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Fontana, CA
Why you joined the A³C: I want to be involved with the Stanford community, hone my skills of time management, communication, and teamwork, and also provide my peers with sweet, memorable moments to destress and truly enjoy life here at Stanford. 
One thing you love about Stanford: The freedom it gives me to explore and be myself. 
One class/program you want to participate in: Stanford Taiko

​Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Be spontaneous! Go on dorm trips, join a new club, or strike conversation with a random person in class. Navigate this space with self confidence, and speak to upperclassmen about their experience with their major! 


Nietnimol Khay '23

 

 

 

 

Frosh Intern 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Cambodian American
Major: Human Biology
Hometown: Gilroy, CA
Why you joined the A³CCommunity is extremely important to me, so when I was introduced to the A3C it instantly felt like home. I want to be part of ensuring that the Asian-American community fostered here on campus is as widespread and inclusive as possible, and that all students have the opportunity to find their place here at Stanford.
Why you decided on Stanford: I fell in love with Stanford because of the truly incredible people here. Every individual has a unique story and background, and every conversation is a chance to learn something new.
One class/program you want to participate in
I've always loved dancing as a hobby, so I'd love to join one of the many amazing dance crews on campus!
One thing you are excited about for your first year: I'm excited to push myself outside of my comfort zone, to continue forming new friendships, and to create lasting memories here on the Farm.


Diana Khong '22

Asian American Studies Liaison

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Vietnamese American
Major: Film Studies & Comparative Studies on Race and Ethnicity
Hometown: Worcester, MA
Why you joined the A³C: I wanted to connect with the greater Stanford AsAm community and find a family away from home. I grew up on the East Coast, meaning my community and culture is a lot different from how it is out here. I’m excited to learn and build bonds.
One thing you love about Stanford: Stanford had the resources necessary to devote to creating spaces for marginalized communities on campus.
I cannot wait to continue getting to know all of the complex and wonderful people that make up the Stanford community!!
One class/program you want to participate in: Students for Liberation of All People
​Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Reach out to community center staff and professors whose research/studies/courses immediately interest you to begin building bonds and support systems. College is hard, and creating genuine relationships with faculty and staff helps get you through it while opening you up to many amazing mentors and opportunities.
 


Britney Ky '22

Speaker Series Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Cambodian American
Major: Undecided

Hometown: Holland, MI
Why you joined the A³C: I wanted to learn more about my heritage and be a part of a community where I could meet people of other cultures and backgrounds. 
One thing you love about Stanford: I love all of the supportive communities and resources available here, whether it's with LSP, the DGen office, A3C, or the cultural dorms. 
One class/program you want to paritcipate in: 
CS106A because it's Stanford
​Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Be open to trying new things way outside of your comfort zone. It's okay to make mistakes, just try your best and nothing else really matters :)


Gwyneth Phagnasay Le '22 

 

Major Events Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/They
Ethnicity: Lao and Vietnamese
Major: Political Science and International Relations
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Why you joined the A³C: I joined the A3C to learn more about the wider API community at Stanford and learn more about the many resources offered and designed specifically for us. My freshman year, I loved seeing so many different organizations find a home in the A3C and I am excited to be a part in making the A3C an inclusive and safe space. I also joined the A3C to work closely with the only Lao identifying staff member that I know of at Stanford. Through Latana, I have learned more about the wider Lao community outside of Stanford. Additionally, the simple fact that she exists at Stanford in general has helped me to better understand my place as a Lao-American at Stanford and within the Stanford API community.
One thing you love about Stanford: I love the way people and marginalized communities on campus support each other.
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: A CSRE Class. And TAPS180Q: The Drama of Resistance; An amazing introsem and a perfect example of how much you can learn from other students.
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Stanford has so many unique opportunities and support systems that you have access to for four years to use to power your goals and ambitions- take advantage of them while you can. Meet new people, enter new spaces, and don't be afraid to learn and explore- You got this!


Soly Lee '20

 

Education Pipeline Coordinator

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Ethnicity: Hmong American
Major: Human Biology

Hometown: Fresno, CA
Why you joined the A³C: I joined the A3C to develop my professional skills and to expose myself more to the diverse API community on campus.
One thing you love about Stanford: All of the amazing opportunities for FLI students.
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: Psych 1
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: It's okay not to have everything figured out yet.


Gillyn Maung '20

 

 

Asian American Interactive Mentoring (AIM) Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: 
Pilipinx/Burmese American
Major: Human Biology
Hometown: Seaside, CA
Why you joined the A³C: I wanted to be involved in and learn more about the API community whilst having a flexible job.
One thing you love about Stanford: The people I've met here are the reason I've been able to call this place a home. I chose Stanford because from the get go (AKA Admit Weekend), I already felt like I had a community. That's what brought me here, and that's what has sustained me in my time here.
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: CSRE 144: Transforming Self and Systems: Crossing Borders of Race, Nation, Gender, Sexuality and Class
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Make time to explore yourself, your interests, your passions, your little quirks and oddities. You are worth learning more about, you are worth devoting time to. Don't forget to be a friend to yourself while you're forging friendships with others.


Ashley Nguyen '23

 

Frosh Intern

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Vietnamese American
Major: Sociology/Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Why you joined the A³C: I joined the A3C to find family at Stanford.
One thing you love about Stanford: Cultural Themed Dorms!
One class/program you want to participate in: SAAAC (Stanford Asian American Activism Committee)
​One thing you are excited about for your first year: Experimenting with different clubs and finding out what I like!


Benjamin Nguyen '23

 

Frosh Intern

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Ethnicity: Vietnamese American
Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Portland, OR
Why you joined the A³C: I wanted to engage with the Asian American community on campus, and I believe that the A3C would allow me to develop the foundational connections and knowledge to continue works relating to my ethnic and cultural identity.
One thing you love about Stanford: I really love how biking is the norm, and how it feels safe to walk around campus even late at night.
One class/program you want to participate in: Study Abroad in Oxford or Florence!
​One thing you are excited about for your first year: Becoming super involved with clubs and centers that resonate with me.


My Nguyen '20

 

Community Building Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Vietnamese American
Major: Human Biology

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Why you joined the A³C: Coming from my hometown where the Asian community was practically nonexistent, I came into Stanford wanting to explore and better understand my Asian American identity. A3C has given me the opportunity to make an impact through personal leadership development in the API community on campus. Also, Cindy and Jerald are the best mentors I could've asked for!
One thing you love about Stanford: Stanford opened doors for me to endless resources and gave me the chance to make lasting relationships with supportive communities.
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: Stanford Vietnamese Student Association (SVSA)
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: You create your own Stanford experience, so don't be afraid to try new things and ask for help! Be intentional about what communities you join because you don't have to do it all. Don't forget that failing is a part of the learning process, and it's okay to take time for yourself.


Ji Hong Ni '23

 

Frosh Intern

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Ethnicity: Chinese American
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Columbia Heights, MN
Why you joined the A³C: The reason why I joined the A3C is to get to know the Asian American community here at Stanford. I came from a very diverse school but I was the only Chinese American at my high school so I want to use this as an opportunity to engage with my Chinese identity and also help others learn about the Asian American community.
Why you decided on Stanford: The main reason why I chose Stanford is due to the abundance of resources and opportunities!
One class/program you want to participate in: I’m looking forward to taking a class under the film and media studies major.
​One thing you are excited about for your first year: Finding an amazing and warm group of friends that I can take into my many years at Stanford. And don’t forget doing all the fun things I didn’t get a chance to do when I was in high school!


Aarushi Patil '23

 

Frosh Intern

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Indian American
Major: Product Design
Hometown: Concord, NC
Why you joined the A³C: I want to learn more about my Asian-American identity and I hope I can enable my peers to do the same.
One thing you love about Stanford: I love the positive vibes and culture of inclusivity at Stanford.
One class/program you want to participate in: Raagapella
​One thing you are excited about for your first year: Meeting some really amazing new people!!


Chanmarie Un '23

 

Frosh Intern

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Cambodian American
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Houston, TX
Why you joined the A³C: I want to do for others what they have done for me. The community that has been built here is always flourishing; helping students succeed, find their passions, connect with others, and better themselves. To be a part of the A3C means growth, but more than that it means family. 
Why you decided on Stanford: Stanford, in a sense, feels like a dream. When I am here, I can tell that the people around me really want to make the world a better place and invest themselves into their passions. No matter where I am, or who I am with, I feel inspired to do the same. You just don’t get that anywhere else. 
One class/program you want to participate in: ENGR 40M: An Intro to Making/What is EE
One thing you are excited about for your first year: I’m quite excited to explore! Like many others, I dabble in the art of not knowing what I should study in college. That being said, I am open-minded and I want to try everything out. I am looking forward to the day where the  “Ah-ha” moment finally comes and I find what I love and decide to stick with it or maybe watch it blossom into something else entirely. 


Tenzin Wangdak '20

 

Asian American Sib (AASib) Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Tibetan American
Major: Human Biology

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Why you joined the A³C: I joined the A3C staff member to explore and to better understand my Asian American identity, and to (hopefully) help others explore theirs while giving back to the API community. 
One thing you love about Stanford: One of the things I love most about Stanford are the relationships I've made with people from such diverse walks of life.
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: ASNAMST 193F: Psychological Well-Being on Campus: Asian American Perspectives (EDUC 193F). Dr. Oliver Lin is such a caring and compassionate individual, and that class provided a space to discuss what it means to be Asian American at Stanford.
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Do whatever you want to do, as long as you try your best.


Becky Yang '20

 

 

Publications/Publicity Manager

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Hmong American
Major: Product Design

Hometown: Pontiac, MI
Why you joined the A³C: A3C is a space that I am able to go to and relate to other people like me. It is like a home away from home, but a different kind of home — it has fostered me to be more knowledgeable and more aware, both politically and generally in life, where I couldn't really find that support system back home. Through being a Publications Manager, I want to utilize my skills to help support and uphold the values of A3C through aesthetically informing others of the support that A3C can offer.
One thing you love about Stanford: As much as I love my family and love home, I wanted to seek both personal and academic growth outside and around the city of Pontiac, Michigan because it's all I ever knew growing up. Being at Stanford has challenged me, but having met people like myself with similar goals in mind and life, along with such a contrasting lifestyle with autonomy, I realized I would never have the same opportunity to experience a place like Stanford had I chosen to attend a university near home.
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: ME 203 at the Product Realization Lab (PRL)!
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Just do it — shoot your shot.


 

Chuyi Yang '20

 

Facilities Manager

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Ethnicity: Hmong American
Major: Psychology

Hometown: Inver Grove Heights, MN
Why you joined the A³C: I wanted to be a part of the organization that supports and lays down the foundation for all of the great work the VSOs do. It's truly inspiring seeing how much work and responsibility the organizations take on and it is always a joy seeing them make an impact on their communities.
One thing you love about Stanford: Great sense of community.
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: LIFE 145: Trauma, Healing, and Empowerment (previously was ASNAMST 135: Trauma, Healing, and Empowerment in Asian America) taught by Sensei Murphy-Shigematsu
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Really take time to organize your schedule, whether it be your daily schedule, monthly, quarterly, or even yearly one. It never hurts to have a well thought out plan in place.