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Summer 2021

Dear New Student,

Congratulations on your admission to Stanford!  We are excited to have you join the Class of 2024.  I am the Associate Dean and Scott J. J. Hsu Director of the Asian American Activities Center (A3C, pronounced ‘a cubed c’), a university department under the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs.  After over a year of online learning, I know you are excited to begin your in-person Stanford experience. The A3C is here to help you navigate your first year under these changed circumstances.

Over the next few weeks you will be receiving a great deal of information about the many resources and opportunities available to you as a Stanford student.  This email includes information about virtual orientation events hosted by the Asian American New Student Orientation Committee (AANSOC) and how to take part in our Asian American Sibling (AASib) program.  We hope that you will attend some if not all of these events and that they provide an opportunity for you to explore and become involved with the large and vibrant Asian American community on and off campus.

Asian Americans make up approximately 25 percent of the Stanford undergraduate population.  It is a diverse group representing nearly every Asian ethnicity. This diversity is reflected in the many student organizations that flourish on campus.  Whether you want to host Hmong, Vietnamese, Tibetan, or Filipino high school students for a weekend on campus; practice martial arts; conduct research in India; learn Taiko drumming or Bhangra dancing; work on social justice issues or explore issues of multiracial and/or gender identity, there is a place for you here.  We also have an Asian American Studies Program where you can take classes on Asian American history, culture, literature, music and art as well as an Asian American theme dorm, Okada House, that you can choose to live in.

We hope our orientation events will inspire you to connect with the Asian American community early in your Stanford career. Start by stopping by the office hours of the A3C professional staff, myself; Assistant Dean/Associate Director, Jerald Adamos; and, Assistant Director, Latana Thaviseth.  We are available throughout the summer and would love to meet you.  We also invite you to take a look at our Sourcebook Publication that serves as our definitive guide to the Asian American community at Stanford. In our Sourcebook you’ll find academic information, student experience spotlights, history of Asian Americans at the University and beyond, campus organizations, special events and community resources.The A3C provides advising, programming, resources, leadership development, space and a computer cluster and reading library.  Most importantly, the center provides a safe and welcoming place for all students.  I, along with Jerald and Latana, look forward to meeting you soon.

Cindy Ng, Associate Dean of Students and Scott J. J. Hsu Director

Cindy Ng

Associate Dean and Scott J. J. Hsu Director

Asian American Activities Center