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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



Calvin Miaw

Graduate Student in Residence for Undergraduate Research Support

Calvin Miaw ’03, has returned to Stanford as a second year PhD candidate in Modern Thought and Literature and his research interests are U.S. social movements and political thought. He has joined the A3C staff as our Graduate Student in Residence for Undergraduate Research.  Calvin’s role will be to serve as a mentor and coach to undergraduates to support and encourage undergraduate research.  He 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, Calvin is available to help with everything from framing a research question to writing the grant or fellowship application. Calvin 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 Calvin.

Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:30AM-12:30PM 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: Computer Science with a minor in Human Biology (Epidemiology)
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

Frosh Intern

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! 
One thing you are excited for about your frosh year: I cannot wait to continue getting to know all of the complex and wonderful people that make up the Stanford community!!


Steven Doan '19

iLive Coordinator

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Ethnicity: Vietnamese American
Major: Science, Technology, and Society
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Why you joined the A³CTo further explore my identity from an Asian American perspective and to become more intimately involved in a community that I never really got to experience back home.
One thing you love about Stanford: The opportunity that Stanford gave me to create so many meaningful relationships and mature in ways that I never would have been aware of.
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: PSYCH 103: Intergroup Communication
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Take some time to invest in communities on campus that matter to you - ones that allow you to get away from academics once in a while. At the end of it all, the connections and memories that you will end up cherishing most will most likely come from these communities, and not from the myriad of lectures and assignments you receive from your classes. 


 

Winnie Huang '22

 

Frosh Intern

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
One thing you are excited about for your first year: Becoming woke


Diana Khong '22

Frosh Intern

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
One thing you are excited about for your first year: I’m excited to build new friendships and get involved in student activism at Stanford & in the Bay Area at-large. 
 


Britney Ky '22

Frosh Intern

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
One thing you are excited about for your first year: I'm excited to finish my first year at Stanford. 


Soly Lee '20

 

Asian American Interactive Mentoring (AIM) 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.


Becky Liang '21

 

Speaker Series Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Asian American Studies

Hometown: Oakland, CA
Why you joined the A³C: I joined the A3C because I wanted to connect with the broader Asian American community on campus and learn of and share the resources offered at the center.
One thing you love about Stanford: I love Stanford's vast community resources and centers and the student efforts that led to them.
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: PSYCH 103: Intergroup Communication
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Do not be afraid to explore in academic paths and extracurriculars.


 

Ian Macato '19

Community Building Coordinator

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Ethnicity: 
Pilipinx American
Major: Symbolic Systems
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Why you joined the A³C: I joined to be a part of the amazing community and mission of the A3C and learn how I can collaborate with the engaging work the API community is doing.
One thing you love about Stanford: The communities and people who are always so supportive.
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: EDUC 193A - Peer Counseling.
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Be intentional in the communities and resources you look for.


Gillyn Maung '20

 

 

Major Events 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.


Marisa Mission '21

 

Grad Life Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: 
Chinese/Pilipinx/Hawaiian American
Major: International Relations
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Why you joined the A³C: I joined the A3C as a frosh intern as a way to get involved with the Asian American community on campus and never looked back! Staffing is the perfect way to be introduced and immersed in a professional position while still making a difference in the immediate community =)
One thing you love about Stanford: I love the community centers on this campus! They aren't just spaces and resources and programs, but really a way for students to gather and organize amongst themselves, giving each community a better sense of identity and unity. I also love that students can so easily mingle between and work with multiple centers, because that lends itself to a larger sense of community--a big picture with all of us in it!
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: Designing Your Stanford! I believe it not only makes you think about what you want to get out of Stanford but also gives you the tools to learn about yourself and make the tougher decisions.
Advice to frosh/anyone on campus: 
Remember the messages in the FACES presentation from NSO, and hold onto the feeling that you left the auditorium with -- hopefully, on your toughest days on campus, those messages and feelings will fill you with hope!


My Nguyen '20

 

Facilities Manager

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.


 

 

Angelina Suh '22

Frosh Intern

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Korean American
Major: Art Practice

Hometown: Cerritos, CA
Why you joined the A³C: I wanted to be a part of and help foster a community of people like me.
One thing you love about Stanford: The people and community that actually care about each other.
One class/program you want to participate in: 
Storyboard Club
One thing you are excited about for your first year: Making new connections!


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

 

Community Building Coordinator

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.


Melody Yang '21

 

Asian American Studies Liaison

Pronouns: They/Them/Their
Ethnicity: Chinese American
Major: 
Comparative Studies on Race and Ethnicity & Engineering Physics
Hometown: Queens, NY
Why you joined the A³C: In high school I began learning about Asian American activist history, so I wanted to learn more about the political implications of Asian America. The first time I came to the A3C, Cindy and Jerald explained to me the history of activism and struggle that created the community centers, so I wanted to join this space.
One thing you love about Stanford: I love the communities I've found here. 
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: Any Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) class!
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: 
Spend some time on Stanford's farm and enjoy the beautiful plants around campus! 


Christopher Yuan '21

Speaker Series Coordinator

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Ethnicity: Chinese American
Major: Music and Asian American Studies

Hometown: Dublin, CA
Why you joined the A³C: I wanted to support the Asian American community here at Stanford by doing work that I feel like is important for the community.
One thing you love about Stanford: The tight knit communities here :-)
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: Any of the performing arts groups here on campus! (For many, no experience necessary!)
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Be yourself and don’t let other people decide what’s best for you.