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Summer 2022 

Dear New Student, 

Congratulations on your admission to Stanford! We are excited to have you join the Class of 2026. I am the Interim Associate Dean and Director of the Asian American Activities Center (A3C, pronounced ‘ay cubed-see’), a university department under the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs. The A3C  is here to help you navigate your first year and establish a strong foundation for success. 

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. Enclosed in this mailing is information about orientation events hosted by the Asian American New Student Orientation Committee (AANSOC) and how to take part in our Asian American Sib (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,  Cambodian, or Pilipinx high school students for a weekend on campus; practice martial arts; conduct research in India or Myanmar; 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 A3C and meet our team – Assistant Director, Latana Thaviseth; Program Associate, Gillyn Maung ’20; our student staff; and me. We are available throughout the summer and would love to meet you. The A3C provides advising, programming, resources, leadership development, meeting space, a computer cluster, and reading library. Most importantly, the center provides a safe and welcoming place for all students. I, along Latana, Gillyn, and our student staff, look forward to meeting you soon.  

Jerald L. Adamos, Ed.D. (He/Him/His/Siya

Interim Associate Dean and Director 

Asian American Activities Center (A3C)