Kathie is a junior studying Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering with a Minor in Business. She interned with the Navy this summer just outside of DC, and studied abroad in Hong Kong the year before. On campus, you can find her in West Quad, where she is a Diversity Peer Educator for the Connector *come visit!!* and on North, where she is always looking for people to eat with :)!
Christian Paneda is a senior studying Community and Global Public Health and Asian Languages and Cultures (Filipino). As one of the co-chairs of UAAO, he aspires to mobilize an A/PIA voice to advocate for important social issues on campus and beyond in solidarity with other marginalized communities. Christian loves making new friends, so go talk to him if you want to discuss politics, pop culture, and/or fashion!
Harnoor Singh is a junior studying Sociology and Statistics. He is a student of the Sikh philosophy, which plays a large role in his thinking around issues of Social Justice. He has always had a passion for the idea of revolution and opposing social institutions that reproduce oppression and violence against communities. To the best of his abilities, he tries to continue to learn how to better serve communities, specifically those that are marginalized in society, and be an ally in standing up to and removing oppressive institutions.
Nisa is a senior in the School of Information, studying User Experience. She is interested in front-end development and data visualizations. Nisa is also an English minor—with these two subjects, she aims to get into writing and working on multimedia projects. Nisa has always been passionate about A/PIA representation in all different circles. She has been a part of the Asian American Journalists Association for a year now as well as an editor for the people of color section on the student newspaper, The Michigan Daily.
Dipita is a sophomore and a first generation-immigrant. Dipita and her family immigrated from Bangladesh. She grew up in Detroit and currently resides in Ann Arbor. Dipita is open to trying out new things!
Zoie is a junior majoring in International Studies and Sociology. She was born in Fremont, California, and then moved to Taiwan (where her parents are originally from). Zoie attended an international school in Taiwan—American school system—from first grade through twelfth, and then moved to Michigan for college. Some of her hobbies include karate, taekwondo, sitting in the sun and sleeping.
When Dim was born 7, her family moved from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) to Tulsa, Oklahoma. When she was 10, she wrote a strongly-handed letter to President George W. Bush, insisting that he ensure APIA's are better represented (Though, not in those words at 10). Now Dim is 20, a History and Political Science major with a minor in Asian Studies with a propensity for iced lattes, and hoping to make a difference for and in this community.
Tiana is a senior studying Public Health and International Studies. As the Internal Chair for UAAO, she is passionate about social justice issues, intercultural experiences and health care equality. Tiana first got involved in the APIA community through Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) and then found her sorority, aKDPhi, later on. Both organizations have shaped her experience in the APIA community.
Cristina is a sophomore from Mount Pleasant, Michigan and she is a second-year undergraduate in LSA. She is undecided with her major but stay tuned for more folks… Cristina likes to snap some photos, sing in the car by herself as loud as she can, and enjoys dancing and any creative outlet!
Fareah is a sophomore studying English and Philosophy, with minors in Political Science and Playwriting. She loves doing work in social justice and speaking out to validate A/PIA identities, understand each other better, and building community around a shared identities or interests. Fareah is an aspiring fiction writer, playwright, and political activist. In her free time, she enjoys writing, reading, spending time with family and friends, and tweeting (@fareah_f).