2019-2020 ASPIRE Mentors


Vivian Pham (she, her, hers)

Hey there! My name is Vivian Pham and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a first-generation Vietnamese-American college student and am planning on majoring in Biology, Society, and Environment and minoring in Child Psychology and Public Health. As a sophomore, I am a part of VSAM, ASU, PES, and a co-head coordinator for MAASU's outreach team. A fun fact about me is that I love being outdoors even though I am allergic to trees and grass! If you are a fellow cynophilist, I am always down to talk!


Ngawang Choeyang (she, her, hers)

Hello! My pronouns are she/her/hers and I'm a senior studying Health Services Management and minoring in Public Health. This is my first year as an ASPIRE mentor so I'm super excited! I've been the treasurer, co-president, and now the president of the Tibetan American Student Association. I enjoy being outdoors, going on nature walks, and traveling to new places. I also love to sing, dance, and perform whenever I can. I enjoy talking about philosophies and just life in general.


Maddie Vang (she, her, hers)

Nyob Zoo! Hello! My name is Maddie and my pronouns are She/Her/Hers. This year is my 4th year and I'll be graduating with my BA in Strategic Communications. Aside from Aspire, I am also Co-President of the Hmong Minnesota Student Association (HMSA). During my free time I enjoy going to the gym and journaling. I am a big adventurist and enjoy exploring cafes, hiking trails, and new activities when I can. Fun fact about me: I had hot pink hair.

Allison Perales

Allison Perales (she, her, hers)
Hello my name is Allison and my pronouns are she/her/hers! I am a fourth year studying Global Studies with a minor in Anthropology. A fun fact about me is that I started kindergarten when I was four years old so I was always the youngest kid in the classroom! I really enjoy attending leadership conferences and learning and talking about social justice topics. I also have an affinity for traveling and just got back from Europe.

Nplai Dej Xiong

Nplai Dej Xiong (she, her, hers)
I am a sophomore this year majoring in Biology, Society, and Environments. My pronouns are she, her, hers. Some of the things I enjoy doing is watching korean dramas and explore the outdoors.

Kevyn Le

Kevyn Le (he, him, his)
Hello! My name is Kevyn Le. My pronouns are he/him/his and I'm an incoming second year majoring in computer science with a minor in student debt. I am a MCAE ambassdor and ASU Activities Coordinator. Some things that I enjoy doing is sleeping, going to the gym, being sarcastic, and yoyoing! One fun fact about me is that I LOVE crocs!

Shouazong Hang

Shouazong Hang (she, her, hers)
I am an upcoming sophomore studying Psychology and Communication Studies. I was previously involved in the Hmong Womxn's Group on campus known as Viivncaus as a Secretary intern. I was also a 2018-2018 member of the LLC Tsev Hmong and a previous Student Coordinator for ASPIRE. In my free time, I enjoy drawing, painting and going to local farmer's markets. One of my big dreams is to have my own podcast!

Jason To

Jason To (he, him, his)
My name is Jason (he/him/his) and I am a third year linguistics major with a minor in Racial Justice in Urban Schooling. I'm also a part of DirecTrack to Teaching in hopes to become a teacher someday soon! A fun fact about me is that I can understand about 5 languages, speaking them is another story though. I enjoy spending time with family and friends taking walks, talking, cooking, and what ever else! I love talking about what makes people passionate!

Sorena Yang

Sorena Yang (she, her, hers)
Hello! I am an upcoming 2nd year majoring in Youth Studies and minoring in Social Justice! I am the Marketing Chair of ASU. Lastly, something I love doing is talking about politics or social justice things.

Yayoua Yang

Yayoua Yang (she, her, hers)
I am an upcoming sophomore double majoring in graphic design and strategic communications. My pronouns are She/Her/Hers and I'm a student ambassador at APARC, a graphic design student at the Holmes Center, and a graphic designer at CLAgency. I'm also a general member of HMSA, Viivncaus, Liberty in North Korea, and ASU! I enjoy talking about design, professional development amongst POCs, k-pop and photography.

Peter Stammers

Peter Stammers (he, him, his)
My name is Peter Stammers and I used pronouns like he, him and his. I am going into my fifth year studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in computer science. Currently I am working on MAASU Spring Conference as one of the directors and as stroll chair of Pi Delta Psi national fraternity inc. I really like staying active by playing sports or working out. I really enjoy meeting new people and talking about almost anything.

Meet Our Past ASPIRE Mentors


Layheang Sam (She, Her, Hers)
Hello! My name is Layheang but you can call me Lay. I am a senior majoring in Business and Marketing Education and minoring Interdisciplinary Design. Some fun facts, I was born and raised in Cambodia. I LOVE ice cream, tacos, and sparkling water! I’m very excited to be a part of ASPIRE program and can’t wait to meet everyone!

Lili Braatz

Lili Braatz (she, her, hers)
Hi, I'm Lili and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I'm starting my second year, and I am studying global studies and Spanish, and maybe a couple of minors. I enjoy reading, listening to music, baking, and traveling. I like to go to the events that student orgs put on, so people will probably see me at events with free food. Fun fact, I went skiing in Montana once and I didn't see a turn, so I went/fell off the hill.

Sarah Burger

Sarah Burger (she, her, hers)
My major is genetics, cell biology, and development. I go by she/her/hers. I am a junior. I enjoy reading, watching anime and Asian dramas, and window shopping. A fun fact about me is that I have 5 older brothers!

Kamolchai Hang

Kamolchai Hang (he, him, his)
I use he, him ,his. I am a sophomore this year, and planing to apply for the computer science major with a minor in leadership. I love to exercise, includes working out at the gym, hiking, and biking. I enjoy talking about the things above and multiple topics of science because science is fascinating.

Britney Lee

Britney Lee (she, her, hers)
Hi friends! This year, I am a junior majoring in Genetics, Cell biology, and Development (GCD) with minors in Japanese and Microbiology. My pronouns are she/her/hers. A fun fact about me is that I have strangely flexible fingers... or so I'm told. In my free time, I enjoy baking, watching anime, sleeping, and learning new languages!

Abi Ilavarasan

Abi Ilavarasan (she, her, hers)
I am a junior studying Sociology with a minor in Biology. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I love to sing and write poetry. I am involved in the Honors Program and ASU. I love to talk about food and what I love to cook. I also love to talk about big issues like race, gender, sexuality and how they affect our lives.

Daniel Jefferson

Daniel Jefferson (he, him, his)
Hi my name is Daniel and I use pronouns like he/him/his and am a third year majoring in Urban Studies. I identify as mixed race filipino and white and last year I served on the board for the Philippine Student Association. I'm a comic nerd, a news junkie, I like to yelp and I love traveling around the country. I also like long walks.

Matthew Su

Matthew Su (he, him, his)
Hello I’m Matthew Su. I’m a sophomore studying biomedical engineering. I enjoying playing the violin and I will be in the campus orchestra this year. Other than that I like to hang out with friends and play basketball.

Minh Tu

Minh Tu (she, her, hers)
I am a junior majoring in Biology, Society, and Environment. I go by she/her/hers and a fun fact about me is that I am perfect pitched. I enjoy doing photography, watching kdramas and anime, and playing badminton. I love talking about hobbies or anything really.

Michelle Nguyen

Michelle Nguyen (she, her, hers)
I'm Michelle Nguyen - my pronouns are she/her/hers. I'm a sophomore Carlson student studying Accounting. I'm involved on the VSAM board as the Communications Director. I love books and films, and I spend a lot of time watching Netflix.

Tina Mai

Tina Mai (she, her, hers)
I am a sophomore studying psychology. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I enjoy hanging out with my friends, hiking, watching Netflix, shopping, painting, and reading. My favorite dessert is ice cream especially soft serve ice cream. My Vietnamese name is Hong which means "pink" and it's also my favorite color.

Pantsai Moua

Pantsai Moua (she, her, hers)
Hello! My name is Pantsai! I am a senior and my major is Psychology. My pronouns are she/her/her’s. One fun fact about me is that I went study abroad in South Korea. My favorite dish in South Korea were jjimdak (찜닭) and bibinaemyun (비빔냉면). It’s really delicious!

Yeemeng Yang

Yeemeng Yang (he, him, his)
My name is Yeemeng Yang and my pronouns are he/him/his. I am a second year intending on majoring in psychology. I like music, sports, and video games. A fun fact about me is that when im bored, I usually go to youtube and learn something.


Julie Kue (she, her, hers)

Hi! I am a senior majoring in Biology, Society, & Environment. I love reading, eating spaghetti, and taking long, romantic walks on the beach... (haha kidding). I really want to own a horse and I like to sing, but I'm terrible at it. After graduating I want to pursue a career in Medical Research.

Angel Lee

Angel Lee (she, her, hers)
My pronouns are she, her(s) and I am a 4th year majoring in Family Social Science. I am excited to say that this will be my 3rd year participating in ASPIRE but my 2nd as a mentor! I have been involved with the Tibetan American Student Association for the past 2 years and will be returning to the board this year as well. I really enjoy indoor activities such as arts and crafts, binging shows, card games and chess but once in a while you will see me outside throwing a frisbee or at the rec center. I’m willing to go out and try new things and am always here as a listening ear.

Joualy Yang

Joualy Yang (she, her, hers)
Hello! My name is Joualy Yang, my pronouns are she/her/hers. This will be my 2nd year and I plan to major in Child Psych. I am secretary of HMSA this year as well. A fun fact about me is that I am the youngest of 15 siblings and I like to eat and try new foods, fishing, and binge watching tv shows. ;)

Quynh Vu

Quynh Vu (she, her, hers)
My name is Quynh Vu (she/her/hers), and this will be my junior year. I am double majoring in economics and English with a minor in computer science, and I'm also in the DirecTrack to Teaching program for English and social studies. Outside of academics, I'm a bit of a fitness nut since I spent a lot of my time powerlifting, running, or playing soccer. Besides that, I'm a big foodie, so if ya want to know some of the best places to eat around town, hit me up!

Amelia Chea

Amelia Chea (she, her, hers)
I'm a senior in my third year at U, majoring in English. I also am president of Alpha Phi Gamma Mu Chapter and on CSAM board this year! I love watching TV shows and movies and hanging out with friends.

Elizabeth Vue

Elizabeth Vue (she, her, hers)
I'm a freshman in CLA majoring in Biology, Society, and Enivronment and I go by sher/her/hers. A fun fact; the longest I went without showering was 1 month because I was out camping. I enjoy thrils like rollercoasters, roadtrips and baking.

Phoua Chang

Phoua Chang (she, her, hers)
My name is Phoua Chang and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am majoring in psychology with the thought of graduating in May 2020. I love watching YouTube videos, basically about anything and I love listening to music. I also like to travel and sleep in cars.

Jasmin Xiong

Jasmin Xiong (she, her, hers)
I am an upcoming sophomore, and I am undecided right now. I go by She/Her/Hers, and I enjoy playing volleyball. A fun fact about me is that I have 3 brothers, and I am the only girl.

Emily Shim

Emily Shim (she, her, hers)
I’m a junior majoring in Anthropology, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Linguistics. I work at the University’s Center for Writing as a writing consultant and a research assistant. I’m also the Education Chair for the Students for Justice in Palestine chapter on campus and an Education & Outreach Chair for Student Legal Services Board of Directors. In my free time, I enjoy biking, walking around the city, and reading. I also really like talking about dogs— I have three poodles back home in Philadelphia!

Fuechai Vang

Fuechai Vang (he, him, his)
My pronouns are He/Him/His and I am a second-year student majoring in Accounting. Outside of the ASPIRE program, I am involved with MAASU (Midwest Asian American Student Union) and MCAE (Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence), specifically MCAE Kickoff. I'm a huge anime weeb and super sports nerd, so I love talking about the most recent episode or talking about recent news on NFL/NBA players. Besides that, I love a good chat about anything else in life, whether practical, philosophical, or just learning about someone else. Catch me getting some boba sometime or hooping at the gym; if not, I'm probably just cooped up studying all the time.

Emily Dan

Emily Dam (she,her,hers)
I am a second year architecture student. I use pronouns like she/her/hers. I am a staff member on MAASU’s Entertainment Committee and I’m the Events Committee Chair for the UMN chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students. Outside of school, I enjoy listening to the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack (specifically the 25th anniversary performance at the Royal Albert Hall) and playing soccer!

Han Phung

Han Phung (she, her, hers)
I am a sophomore getting a BS in psychology and a minor in neuroscience. I go by she/her pronouns. This year, I am a CLA Section Leader as well as an undergraduate research assistant!