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Welcome Letter from Director

Dear New Student,


Congratulations on your admission to Stanford!  We are excited to have you join the Class of 2021.  I am the Associate Dean and Director of the Asian American Activities Center, a university department under the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs. 


Over the summer you have received 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).  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 23 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, Laotion 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 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, religion, music, literature and art as well as an Asian American theme dorm, Okada House.


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 Asian American Activities Center (A3C).  The A3C provides advising, programming, resources, leadership development, space and a computer cluster and reading library.  Most importantly, the A3C provides a safe and welcoming place for all students.  We look forward to meeting you soon.


Cindy Ng

Associate Dean and Director

Asian American Activities Center