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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: Mondays 1:00PM-4:00PM PST, Thursdays, 9:00AM-12:00PM PST, or byappointment



Jerald Adamos, Ed.D.

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

(He/Him/His)

Jerald joined the A³C staff in 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, Long Beach and Fullerton respectively and a Doctor of Education from the University of San Francisco. His research focuses on the experiences of Asian American male leaders and how they negotiate issues around race, patriarchy, and hegemonic masculinity.  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: Wednesdays 1:00PM-4:00PM PST, Fridays, 10:00AM-2:00PM PST, or byappointment



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: Tuesdays/Thursdays 1:00PM-4:00PM PSTor 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: Thursdays 10AM-12PM or by appointment


Ashley Amado '21

Community Building Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Vietnamese/Mexican American
Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Spokane, WA
Why you joined the A³C: Stanford's API community has played a large part in my life every year so far at Stanford. I really enjoyed working with the A3C staff last year while planning AANSOC as well as the community building I did then. I joined the A3C to help facilitate all of the great community bonding moments I've had at Stanford.
Why you decided on Stanford: West coast best coast! As someone from Washington state, I knew I wanted to be far from home but not too from home. Stanford ended up being perfect for me because of its location, strong academics, and because of the free-spirited, California culture that separates it from other schools.
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: Intro to Asian American Studies! I really wish it were offered when I was a frosh or sophomore. Dr. Gow is amazing and it helped me put a lot of aspects of my Asian American experience into words. 
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Take classes that interest you early on, and don't be afraid to reach out to professors just to chat about their life or work! 


Sabrina Chao '21

 

 

Digital & Social Media Manager

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

Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Why you joined the A³C: I wanted to find a community that I could be comfortable in and be a home away from home.
One thing you love about Stanford: The dining hall staff are all super nice :D (and I knew Stanford would be able to challenge me academically) 
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: Humbio 162L: Literature of Psychosis: Such a great class!!
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Slow down :D


 

Cindy Chau '23

 

Community Building Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Vietnamese American
Major: Product Design
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Why you joined the A³C: A3C is one of the very few spaces I truly feel supported at Stanford and with my experience working as the Community Orientation Volunteer this past summer with the Asian American New Student Orientation Committee, I knew there was no other place better than being a part of the A3C. This is because the A3C would not only help me develop my technical/future job skills, but also teach me the history I was never taught about Asian-Americans and why we, just as the many people who came here, deserve a seat at the table.
One thing you love about Stanford: Stanford definitely lives up to its name of being a quirky school and I love every second of it. I am constantly amazed by the people I am in classes with and the professors who teach them. I also love how clubs reel us in with food and boba and the fact that boba is such a loved drink on campus, definitely one of the best perks to Stanford for me.
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: Introduction to Urban Studies changed the way I viewed cities and suburbia and highly recommend it coming from an urban area myself and to see how much meaning there is behind what is so common to us.
​Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Ask questions! A quote that really hit home was “Closed mouths don’t get fed” so ask because it doesn’t hurt or cost anything to you!


Lindsey Chou '23

Asian American Studies Liaison

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Cambodian American
Major: Psychology & Asian American Studies
Hometown: Garden Grove, CA
Why you joined the A³C: I want to play my part in uplifting and empowering this community I call home.
One thing you love about Stanford: I love that the Stanford community is driven toward social change. While far from perfect, it's been so inspiring to see various student orgs supporting marginalized groups within and outside of campus.
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: Genuinely any Asian American Studies class! Some personal favorites have been ASNAMST 91A: Asian American Autobiography and ASNAMST 115: Asian American Film and Popular Culture.
​Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Give yourself time to breathe. Your mental health and well-being should be prioritized over all; just because it might seem like everyone around you is doing the most, doesn't mean you need to overexert yourself!


Theresa Gao '21

 

Asian American Studies Liaison

 

Pronouns: She/Her/They​
Ethnicity: Chinese American
Major: Asian American Studies 
Hometown: Pleasanton, CA
Why you joined the A³C: I joined the A3C because its legacy as a community center that student activists fought for is extremely special to me. I'm also grateful to have met many wonderful friends and mentors through this space, and am looking forward to being part of this warm community. Asian American Studies has been one of my favorite parts of Stanford, and I'm excited to support its mission and ethnic studies. 
One thing you love about Stanford: My personal time at Stanford has been undeniably shaped by the kindness of the activist communities that I'm so lucky to have been a part of, such as my time with SAAAC (Stanford Asian American Activist Committee) organizing on the Who's Teaching Us campaign. 
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: Asian American Film & Popular Culture by Dr. William Gow
​Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Don't be afraid to take classes outside of your comfort zone! I came in wanting to major in computer science, and was so happy I accidentally stumbled upon Asian American Art by Professor Marci Kwon, which was a huge influence in my Asian American Studies major. 


 

Winnie Huang '22

 

Community Building Coordinator 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Chinese American
Major: Environmental Systems Engineering/Chemical Engineering

Hometown: Fontana, CA
Why you joined the A³C: I grew up in a dominantly Chicano community and never explored my Chinese-American identity. I joined the A3C to explore and integrate into the Asian American community as well as to become more aware about Asian American issues. 
One thing you love about Stanford: I enjoy the nature and all of the animals that can be found on campus. 
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: ChemE 12SC: The Exploration of Art Materials. This SoCo (Sophomore College) was the best class I have ever taken.
​Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Do not be afraid to join new clubs, to approach strangers, or to pursue any other opportunity that is outside of your comfort zone.


Nietnimol Khay '23

 

 

 

 

 

Speaker Series Coordinator 

Pronouns: She/Her/They
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.
One thing you love about Stanford: It might be cheesy, but 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 to participate in before leaving StanfordI'd highly recommend Intro to Asian American Studies taught by Dr. Gow! It's such an amazing introductory course to begin thinking critically about race and to learn in depth about the Asian American experience.
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Don't be afraid to not have everything figured out right away! Be kind to yourself and allow yourself to grow, explore different interests, and experience new things. 


Gwyneth Phagnasay Le '22 

 

 

Major Events Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/They
Ethnicity: Lao/Vietnamese American
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.
Why you decided on Stanford: When applying for college I knew I wasn't ready to leave California so the only schools I applied to were within the state. California culture, diversity, warmth and the comfort of familiarity played a big part in my decision to stay here. I think growing up here Stanford seemed like some fairy tale school almost and when I got accepted (to my surprise) of course I had to accept. I think Stanford's resources and network is incredible and has been one of the things I've been most grateful for while being here.  
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: The Drama of Resistance taught by Rush Rehm
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!


Becky Liang '21

Asian American Interactive Mentoring (AIM) Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Chinese American
Major: Urban Studies
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Why you joined the A³C: I wanted to find a sense of community and explore my Asian American identity on campus! I'm beyond grateful that the A3C has been a home for me at Stanford that has nurtured my personal and professional growth. 
One thing you love about Stanford: I love that there are so many spaces that are dedicated to welcoming and supporting different communities.
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: TAPS 103!
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Take things slow and do what feels right and meaningful for you! Don't feel pressured to do what everyone else is doing and find your own path. Also, there is a wide range of resources and communities to support you so don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. 


Itbaan Nafi '24

Frosh Intern

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Ethnicity: Bengali American
Major: International Relations
Hometown: Euless, TX
Why you joined the A³C: I joined the A3C in order to learn more about my Asian American identity, other API cultures, and work in tandem with a team of talented staff and peers and the greater Stanford Community in order to spread awareness about API cultures and issues.
One thing you love about Stanford: I love how Stanford emphasizes an interdisciplinary education and has world-leading/ top-ranking programs across many different departments.
One class/program you want to participate in: I want to participate in the Stanford In D.C. domestic study abroad program and gain experience working in different governmental agencies.
​One thing you are excited about for your first year: I can’t wait to meet new people and make new friends.


Ashley Nguyen '23

 

 

AASib Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Vietnamese American
Major: Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Why you joined the A³C: To learn more about what it means to be API and how to create inclusive and engaging programming
One thing you love about Stanford: Cultural Themed Dorms!
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: Race and Immigration with Professor Asad (CSRE 189)
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: A piece of advice for frosh would be to not be afraid or prideful to ask for help! Transitioning from high school to college is not an easy feat, nor should you go through it alone. Whether it's depending on your friends, setting up an appointment with a Stanford life coach, or going to a professor's office hours, get the academic or emotional help that you need and deserve!


Benjamin Nguyen '23

 

 

Major Events Coordinator

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Ethnicity: Vietnamese American
Major: Economics
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: People are super cool and the things that they are involved in are so fun and exciting.
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: Study Abroad
​Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Stanford has so many resources that are not fully utilized by students, from tutoring services, to free iPad rentals, to service grants and fellowships. Look for them, ask for them, and use them!


Ji Hong Ni '23

 

 

AASib Coordinator

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Ethnicity: Chinese American
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Why you joined the A³C: The reason why I joined the A3C is due to me wanting to find a space on campus where I can express my identities, and there's no place better to explore my Asian identity at the A3C. I also thought it would be super beneficial to work at the center to learn new skills, learn from professional staff, and make a lot of upper-class friends! 
One thing you love about Stanford: One thing I love about Stanford is the architecture. There are so many schools out there and one big factor for me is the style and how the campus looks. I want to be able to enjoy my visual college experience and when I first stepped foot on campus, I knew Stanford was home for me. 
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: I would highly recommend CS 106A! I know a lot of CS majors take it, but it's truly a good place to start if you want to see what CS is like! I took it my Frosh Fall and I loved the new ideas (even though it was also challenging)!
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Advice to Frosh (which is also one I need to listen to myself), please take care of yourself and rest up. School is so stressful and put on top of other things, it could exemplify those feelings. I know that since I'm taking 20 units right now and it's been wild times. 


Crista Olan '24

Frosh Intern

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Filipino American
Major: Physics or Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Oceanside, CA
Why you joined the A³C: I had special experiences as an immigrant from the Philippines at a young age + navigating Asian identity in a predominantly white community, so I want to get involved with the API community and Stanford but from a platform of service, not simply involvement. 
One thing you love about Stanford: Love how Stanford champions interdisciplinary learning and following your own path as long as you find your own fulfillment, no matter how outrageous or unconventional your passions may be 
One class/program you want to participate in: Not the best dancer, but definitely want to be involved in dance community + interested in groups such as Alliance and Kayumanggi 
​One thing you are excited about for your first year: Moving onto campus and exploring the Bay Area! 


Julius Olitan '23

GradLife Coordinator

Pronouns: Hi/Him/His
Ethnicity: Filipino American
Major: Computer science
Hometown: Newburgh, NY
Why you joined the A³C: I joined the A3C to be more in touch with the Asian-American community and to grow my professional experiences with a supportive staff.
One thing you love about Stanford: I love Stanford due to the ability to explore different academic fields and the innovative spirit on campus. I decided on Stanford due to the supportive community as well as the beautiful campus. 
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: Stanford Summer Engineering Academy (SSEA)
​Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Try new things, learn different topics and make new friends, but don't stress too much about maintaining the grades you once had in high school. 


Shriti Parajuli '24

Frosh Intern

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Nepali American
Major: Science, Technology, and Society
Hometown: Yuma, AZ
Why you joined the A³C: I wanted to explore different sides to the Asian-American identity and be involved with the Center that provides a space for everyone to explore that identity freely.
One thing you love about Stanford: I love how easily everyone extends their kindness.
One class/program you want to participate in: I'm really looking forward to participating in the Cardinal Quarter program through the Haas Center in the coming years!
​One thing you are excited about for your first year: Definitely building relationships with people, however that may look like through Zoom


Aarushi Patil '23

 

 

iLive Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Indian American
Major: Symbolic Systems
Hometown: Concord, NC
Why you joined the A³C: I want to learn more about my Asian-American identity and connect with the Asian-American community at Stanford.
Why you decided on Stanford: I decided on Stanford because of the wide range of opportunities offered here and because I could explore many disciplines without having to commit to a major quickly. That has definitely made my college experience a lot better, because I can be a part of the Symbolic Systems program here and explore all of my interests without having to compromise on one. The positive vibes and culture of inclusivity at Stanford were also a major factor in my decision.
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: A cappella!! I really love being in Raagapella, Stanford's South Asian Fusion a cappella group. Also would recommend taking a d.school class while you are here!
​Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Meet some really amazing new people!


Kevin Thor '24

Frosh Intern

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Ethnicity: Hmong American
Major: Human Biology
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Why you joined the A³C: I joined the A3C to better connect with the Asian American community at Stanford, and more specifically, to connect with the Hmong Student Union and branch out to Hmong high schoolers, letting them know they belong here!
Why you decided on Stanford: I decided on Stanford because it was the university that provided the best financial aid. Not only that, but I've visited the campus twice before, the first time was for SHOPPE and the second was for a school field trip, and I just fell in LOVE with the campus. It's... so huge, pretty, and amazing. Lastly, I knew I already had a loving and accepting community here: shoutout to HSU for hosting SHOPPE 2019!!!
One class/program you want to participate in: When I attended the second Speaker Series with Professor Jeanne Tsai on the speaker panel, I was entranced by how passionate she was when she talked about her profession, but mostly by how much she GENUINELY cares about all her students. I remember she said that she didn't remember what grades her students got in her class, but what they contributed to class discussions and who they were as a person. Any class taught by Professor Tsai is a class/program I would love to one day participate in!
​One thing you are excited about for your first year: For my first year, I'm excited to connect with as many students and faculty as I can, despite everything being held virtually. I'm also excited to learn and try many new activities as well as stepping outside of my comfort zone!


Britney Tran '24

Frosh Intern

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Vietnamese American
Major: Biomechanical Engineering
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Why you joined the A³C: Coming into Stanford, I feared not having an Asian community like the one from home. I wanted to be able to connect and relate with others. I also wanted to maintain my Vietnamese identity as much as possible, and even grow it by learning more about the history and culture and even giving back to and serving the Asian community. 
One thing you love about Stanford: I was really intimidated by my peers and their accomplishments and capabilities, but in reality, everyone here is so willing to help and support one another. I’m also excited for the people I’ll meet and the opportunities I’ll have!
One class/program you want to participate in: Medical Device Innovation (Introsem)
One thing you are excited about for your first year: Making new friends and hopefully experiencing a few traditions! 


Melody Yang '21

Publications/Publicity Manager

 

Pronouns: They/Them
Ethnicity: Chinese American
Major: Engineering Physics
Hometown: Queens, New York
Why you joined the A³C: I had a strong Asian American community growing up back home, but it was primarily focused on identity and culture, so I wanted to find a space where I could explore and think critically about the social and political dimensions of the Asian American experience. 
One thing you love about Stanford: One thing I love about Stanford is that the showers get hot really fast. 
One class/program to participate in before leaving Stanford: Community Service Work Study! It's a great way to earn money over the summer or during the school year while working with organizations doing some cool work. 
Advice to Frosh/anyone on campus: Stanford can be intense, and a lot of people are focused on performance, but also take time to focus on yourself and your relationships. 


Maliha Yousuf '24

Frosh Intern

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Pakistani/White American
Major: Economics
Hometown: Lake Forest, IL
Why you joined the A³C: I wanted to find a community where I felt at home at Stanford. As a result of being mixed race, sometimes I feel disconnected from my south asian side and I wanted to engage with that more at college. 
Why you decided on Stanford: I loved the collaborative culture, that was the deciding factor for me. I wanted to be a part of a group of students that wanted to help one another learn and grow, and I felt like Stanford fostered that community more so than any other college I was looking at.  
One class/program you want to participate in: ArtHist 119.
​One thing you are excited about for your first year: Finally (hopefully) getting to come onto campus and meet a bunch of people. 


Faith Zhang '24

Frosh Intern

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ethnicity: Chinese American
Major: Undecided
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Why you joined the A³C: I joined the A3C so I could immerse myself in a community that would not only enable me to find a sense of belonging on campus but also expose me to the diversity within the API community. I saw it as an amazing opportunity to learn about others’ unique experiences and actively grow my understanding of what it means to be Asian American.
Why you decided on Stanford: I chose Stanford because of the plethora of resources and opportunities that are made available to students, as well as its culture of collaboration. 
One class/program you want to participate in: One class I want to participate in this year is PSYC 135 Sleep and Dreams. My friends and I used to always share our wackiest dreams and try to “psychoanalyze” each other. We’d talk about our experiences with lucid dreaming or sleep paralysis, and I think this class would be a great way for me to further explore those topics. Hopefully, it’ll also convince me how important sleep is and motivate me to fix my sleep schedule.
One thing you are excited about for your first year: I’m excited to find supportive communities of friends and mentors through my classes and involvement with student groups on campus.