Meet our Student Coordinators! 2019-2020

Jenny

Jenny Tam (she, her, hers)

Helloooo friend ;D My name is Jenny Tam! I use pronouns like she/her/hers. I am a first-generation Chinese Vietnamese American third-year student with big goals and lots of passion for social justice. Currently, I am studying global studies with a concentration on human rights and East Asia. Additionally, I have minors in psychology, business law, and management. I love to do outdoor stuff like hiking, traveling, and camping. I also like indoor stuff like karaoking my heart out, eating yummy food, and talking to people about life and luv. I am also the executive director of the Midwest Asian American Student Union (MAASU) Spring Conference held at the UMN this March 2020 (last time it was held here was 2016!!!). Let me know if you are interested in being involved. Oh, IG: @jennyytamm.  Big HEHEs at my shameless plugs. 

Yoko

Yoko Vue (she, her, hers)

Hello! My name is Yoko Vue and I identify as a Hmong-American womxn. I'm a third-year student studying journalism with potential minors in social justice and interdisciplinary design. I was a part of the Hmong Minnesota Student Association (HMSA) as the Co-Advocacy Chair. I have a passion for social justice, my Hmong identity, and creating spaces for meaningful connection. One of the best experiences from college so far is studying abroad in South Korea last summer. It has been very rewarding through all of the opportunities I have been a part of and I am so excited for this next year with APARC!

 

 

Meet our Past Student Coordinators!

Pachia

Pachia Thao (She, Her’s, Her)

Hello beautiful people! My name is Pachia Thao and I am a fourth year majoring in Sociology with double minors in Racial Justice in Urban Schooling and Leadership. For the past few years, I was a Peer Advisor in the CLA President Emerging Scholars office, and I also served as a representative on the Board of Directors for a non-profit program called Breakthrough Twin
Cities. In Fall of 2018, I studied a whole semester in Oahu, Hawaii where I learned so much about the culture and the everyday experiences Asian Pacific Islanders go through. This gave me a new profound understanding of Native Pacific Islanders and even a deeper understanding of my own Asian identity. Now, as a Student Coordinator here at APARC, I want to continue
learning how racialization is currently being performed in our society today. Engaging with my Asian community on campus and learning more about how I can better support and advocate for students who are like me, is a great passion of mine. For fun, I love to make new friends, write short stories, binge watch Netflix series, and do Bollywood dance! So, feel free to reach out any time for any kind of support or to become my dear friend!

Kevin

Kevin Huynh (he, him, his)

Kevin Huynh is fourth year student at the University of Minnesota. He is studying Sociology and minoring in Leadership and Public Health. His involvement with APARC started by going to events that encouraged him to think more about his Asian American identity. He joined the ASPIRE Program as a mentor and found a community of folks that are also interested in conversations regarding the issues that effect Asian American Pacific Islanders. In his free time, he enjoys catching up with friends by trying new restaurants, shopping, traveling, and playing games. As an APARC Student Coordinator, he hopes to cultivate a community that will support and empower its members by creating meaningful relationships through courageous conversations.

Kaelin

Kaelin Pham (she, her, hers)

Hi Everyone! My name is Kaelin Pham and I use pronouns such as she/her/hers. I am a 1.5 generation Vietnamese-American and a rising third year studying Technical Writing & Communications with a focus on IT & Design! I joined the ASPIRE program during my first year and I loved it so much that I decided to join the team as a Student Coordinator two years later! In the past, I've been involved with the Asian-American Student Union (ASU) and the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE). In my spare time I love to explore new music, go on spontaneous adventures, and dance like nobody's watching. Talk to me about poetry, music, or your theories about life, love, and existential dread. :-)

Can't wait to meet you all! <33