Meet the Team

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Kong Her (he/him)
Director of APARC
B.A. in Art and M.A. in Leadership in Student Affairs
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Kong grew up on the Eastside of St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his B.A. in Art from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and completed his M.A. in Leadership in Student Affairs from the University of St. Thomas.  He has served and supported students to thrive in their education journey for over 16 years. He works collaboratively to guide students in their own personal development to achieve their goals and be grounded leaders. In his free time, Kong enjoys spending time with his young family and exploring northern Minnesota.

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Tev Lee (he/him)
Associate Director of APARC
B.A. in Communication and M.S.Ed in Student Affairs and Administration in Higher Education
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Tevelung (Tev) Lee serves as the Associate Director of APARC. He earned his B.A. in Communication from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and further pursued his M.A.Ed. in Student Affairs and Administration in Higher Education from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. He is a proud first-generation college graduate, TRIO Alum (#TRIOworks) and Hmoob Wisconsinite. Understanding the intricacies that come with growth and life-long learning, he strives to serve as a resource and work to expand the support necessary to provide aid to students navigating their unique college journey. Tev is an aspiring artist at heart and homegoods enthusiast.

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Kassandra Chhay (she/her)
Graduate Assistant
Fourth-year PhD student in Culture and Teaching

Kassandra is a proud Cambodian American born and raised in Long Beach, California. She received her BA in Anthropology with a minor in Political Science from CSULB and MA in Socio-Cultural Anthropology with a Certificate in Southeast Asian (SEA) Studies from Northern Illinois University. She is a Fulbright fellow, and studied abroad in Cambodia to learn the Khmer language for three summers. She is currently a fourth-year PhD student in the Culture and Teaching program. Her research interests include the educational experiences of SEA American students, cultural identity formation, and family-school-community based learning. In her free time, Kassandra likes to bake, travel, and spend time with her family and friends.

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Sarah Rost (she/her)
Graduate Assistant

BA in Sociology and Anthropology (minor in Biochemistry) and MA student in Counselor Education.

Sarah is a second year master’s student in the Counselor Education program at the University of Minnesota. At APARC, Sarah supports the Intersectional Identities Dialogue team and co-facilitates the AAPI affinity group in collaboration with Student Counseling Services. Sarah is committed to supporting students with identity development, advocacy, and leadership. Before joining APARC, Sarah worked at College Possible, which fostered her passion for helping others and supporting students with unique challenges. Sarah is originally from Seattle, Washington, and enjoys camping, hiking and spending time outside with her partner. Sarah loves to cook and play with her two cats.

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Ngan Nguyen (she/her)
Graduate Assistant
First Year Ph.D in Culture & Teaching

Ngan was born in Vietnam and immigrated to Minnesota when she was eight years old. She graduated from Macalester College with a BA in American Studies and Educational Studies. She went on to receive a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in History/Social Studies at Brown University. Ngan taught social studies at Brooklyn Center Community Schools (BCCS) for three years. She is currently the Deputy Director of Programs and Curricula at the Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education (ARISE) where she is working to pilot the Youth Leaders program in RI at BCCS. Ngan enjoys cooking, running, hanging out with family, watching Asian dramas and playing Animal Crossing to decompress.

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Syra Yang (she/her)
Graduate Assistant
Freshman PhD in Culture and Teaching

Born in Syracuse, NY, Syra relocated to South Carolina, and currently resides in Minnesota. She completed her two-year degree at Spartanburg Community College. Her undergraduate degree was obtained in Secondary Education at USC Upstate. She finished her minor in Spanish at La Universidad de Costa Rica. At Hamline University, Syra completed her master’s in Literacy Education. She is a local author and very much enjoys food.

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Korina Lee (she/her)
Student Ambassador - Graphic Designer and Content Creator

Senior, Major: Technical Writing and Communications

Korina is a senior majoring in Technical Writing and Communication. Inspired by Studio Ghibli, anime/cartoons, art and music, she enjoys writing and drawing, which prompted her interest in writing, design and technology. Outside of school and work hours, Korina spends most of her time playing video games, hanging out with friends, binging dramas and anime, eating and sleeping. Her favorite spot on campus is studying in the Health Sciences Library.

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Michaela Sy (she/her)
Student Ambassador - Marketing and Communications

Junior, Major: Business and Marketing Education, Minor: Sustainability Studies and Interdisciplinary Design, Sales Certification

Michaela, born and raised in Hawaii, moved to Minnesota in 2020 for college to pursue a BS in Business and Marketing Education. The combination of her majors, minors, and certification brings all of her passions and interests together into her education. As a proud Asian American who is Japanese, Filipino, and Chinese, Michaela strives to connect the AAPI community at the University of Minnesota. Through her role in Marketing and Communications, she is able to connect her identity with her job and create a network of information for other AAPI students. Outside of school and work, Michaela loves to travel the world and eat every delicious food possible.

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Beryl Belmonte (any pronouns)
Student Ambassador - Intersectional Identities Dialogue

Senior, Major: Psychology, Minors: Social Justice & Interdisciplinary Design

Beryl is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with minors in Social Justice and Interdisciplinary Design. They are a 1.5 generation immigrant from the Philippines who spent most of their life in the Chicagoland area. In the past, they have worked with organizations such as the Asian American Student Union of Minnesota, the Asian American Organizing Project, and the Coalition of Asian American Leaders. Currently, they are currently conducting research on intergenerational communication about historical trauma among Asian American families, as they hope to provide culturally responsive and trauma informed counseling in the future. Outside of school and work, they enjoy reading, spending time with friends, making music, and going to art & science museums.

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Diane Tam (she/her)
Student Ambassador - Intersectional Identities Dialogue

Senior, Major: Elementary Education, Minors: Psychology, Teaching English as a second language, and Racial Justice in Urban Schooling

Diane is a senior studying Elementary Education and minors in Psychology, Racial Justice in Urban Schooling, and Teaching English as a Second Language. She identifies as a Chinese-Vietnamese American woman. She is a first generation college student, and she is super excited to graduate. She was a part of the Hmong Minnesota Student Association and is the current president for Alpha Phi Gamma National Sorority Incorporated. She was a student coordinator during the 2020-2022 cohort and is now a student ambassador for the IID program. She enjoys eating, sleeping, and just hanging out with friends!

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Anh Dinh (she/her)
Student Coordinator

Junior, Major: Developmental Psychology, Minor: Communication Studies

Anh is a junior that is majoring in Developmental Psychology with a minor in Communication Studies at the College of Education and Human Development and College of Liberal Arts. Anh is a Vietnamese immigrant, born in Saigon and moved to America at 12. She is bilingual in Vietnamese and English, she is also a proud first-generation college student. Anh is invested in the field of mental health and bringing in Asian American representation especially for women. After undergrad, Anh hopes to pursue a Master in Social Work and become licensed to practice therapy. Anh is passionate about advocating for the immigrant community and helping in locating resources for those from underprivileged backgrounds. As a person, Anh prefers autumn, boba, and reading, she is currently binging the Percy Jackson series.

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Michael Lee (he/him)
Student Coordinator

Senior, Major: Business and Marketing Education, Minor: Management

Michael is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Business and Marketing Education. As a Student Coordinator, Michael helps build community on campus through program planning, facilitation, and engagement. He also held a Public Relations position for the student organization, Kwv Tij Hmoob. Michael enjoys building relationships and bringing people together. Some of his favorite activities include volleyball, nature walks, and being with loved ones. Michael is an avid explorer of the Twin Cities area by utilizing the light rail. He aspires to support others through personal development, leadership, and community engagement.

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Mimi Dang (she/her)
Student Coordinator

Junior, Major: Finance and History

Mimi is a junior who is double majoring in History and Finance in the College of Liberal Arts and the Carlson School of Management. She was born and raised in Minnesota and is Chinese and Vietnamese American. Mimi is also a first generation college student and strives to create a space for other first generation college students. Mimi also is passionate about helping students find a voice for their intersectional identities as well as other ways for them to advocate for themselves. Outside of her work for APARC, Mimi enjoys hiking, traveling, trying out new restaurants in the Twin Cities, painting, and baking for her friends.