Resume

Social Justice Education

Creator of This Journey is Ours, a storytelling blog featuring nourishing conversations with communities of color

Editor of Gumbo Magazine, a magazine dedicated to expanding the narratives of Black life

  • July – August 2020: created and taught a 5-week, 10-session course “Systems of Injustice Inside and Out: Understanding and Challenging These Systems
  • July 2020: created and facilitated virtual workshop for 20 Asian American womxn wellness practitioners to contextualize the experience of Asian Americans in the broad socio-historical contexts
  • June 2020: created and co-facilitated virtual workshop for 100 womxn of color: “Mindful Activism: Challenging Anti-Blackness Among Our Families and Friends”
  • August 2019: spoke at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest annual student conference, facilitated large group session “The Complexity of Identity” and small group session “Asian American Pacific Islander Affinity Group”
  • July 2019: facilitated professional development training for 25 school teachers on individual and cultural systems, racial dynamics in the classroom, and intersectional identities
  • May 2019: facilitated group conversation with Asian Americans on Asians for Black Lives and mental health and the Asian American experience
  • April 2019: guest spoke in 5th grade classes on the topics of Japanese Internment history and its relationship to present-day discriminatory immigration and travel policies
  • April 2019: guest spoke in 6th grade classes on the topics of immigration policy and stories, the geopolitics of borders, U.S. intervention in Latin America, and the power of resistance
  • July 2018: facilitated professional development training for 30 school teachers on immigration policy, indigenous self-determination, racial dynamics in the classroom, and intersectional identities
  • August 2017: presented sessions for 150 undergraduate students working in in global health on the topics of the historical roots of oppression and building equitable partnerships
  • April 2017: interviewed by the host of Seats at the Table, a podcast for and by activist womxn, to discuss issues of global health disparity, immigration, and Asian representation in media
  • February 2017: designed content and presented sessions for 120 undergraduate students working in global health on the topics of the historical roots of oppression, building equitable partnerships, language and culture, program monitoring and evaluation, and more
  • November 2016: presented session at the 4th International Service Learning Summit as Director of Partnerships at GlobeMed, covering the topics of power imbalances in global health, how to make global health more inclusive, and sharing grassroots leadership stories
  • August 2016: facilitated small group sessions for undergraduate students working in in global health on the topics of building equitable partnerships and facilitating dialogues
  • June 2016: designed content and facilitated all sessions over a three-day conference gathering together community grassroots leaders in Thailand, discussing community health needs, power dynamics in global health, donor-recipient relations, and vision for a more equitable global health field
  • May 2016: designed content and facilitated all sessions over a three-day conference gathering together community grassroots leaders in Guatemala, discussing community health needs, power dynamics in global health, donor-recipient relations, and vision for a more equitable global health field
  • April 2016: guest blog writer “Ocean Guardians are Champions of Social Justice, Too
  • February 2016: designed content and presented sessions for 120 undergraduate students working in global health on the topics of the historical roots of oppression, building equitable partnerships, language and culture, program monitoring and evaluation, and more
  • May 2015: guest spoke in high school classes about the history of immigration in the U.S., current immigration laws and policies, the state of immigration detention, and stories of migrants

Community Advocacy

The Cosmos, May 2019 – Present

  • Facilitate space for Asian womxn and gender non-binary folkx to share stories of the Asian diasporic community, including topics on racial justice, mental health, representation, and more
  • Collaborated with performing activists to attend story-telling event on the parallel experiences of the Black and Asian communities and facilitated discussion

National Immigrant Justice Center, Immigrant Legal Defense, Immigrant Children’s Protection Project Paralegal, August 2014 – September 2015

  • Conducted extensive weekly legal intakes with individuals and families in English, Spanish, and Chinese to screen for all types of immigration legal relief
  • Presented information sessions concerning the immigration legal process and rights of immigrants to detained, unaccompanied immigrant children
  • Drafted, translated, prepared, and filed immigration applications, affidavits, and supporting documents for clients

University of Chicago Law School Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, Project Manager, February 2013 – June 2013

  • Conducted legal research on issues surrounding Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, and the Child Advocate Program for Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors
  • Traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with legislative aides of eight congressional members to advocate the approval of appropriations for the Child Advocacy Program

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Project Manager, February 2013-June 2013

  • Wrote job description, interviewed, and hired three writing and research interns to produce white papers focusing on the economic contributions of immigrants in Illinois, including low-skilled labor, high-skilled labor, and immigrant entrepreneurs
  • Facilitated meetings between interns and ICIRR staff to ensure expectations and results were aligned
  • Assisted interns in conducting quantitative and qualitative data research for the white papers that effectively contributed to the national conversation on immigration

Capacity Building

GlobeMed Global Headquarters, Director of Partnerships, October 2015 – July 2018

  • Managed 30 partnerships through advising on topics including effective collaboration, project development, financial management, cross-cultural communication, and more
  • Coached numerous small groups and presented at five large conferences on topics ranging from historical roots of social injustices to interpersonal dynamics working in diverse settings
  • Conducted full staff meetings using guided reflections and shared stories to inspire and challenge the staff
  • Led the partnerships team through a participatory process to design a five-year strategic plan, focusing on systematic growth and financial sustainability
  • Visited 15 field sites to develop relationships with grassroots leaders, better understand community needs, and collect narratives and photos for storytelling
  • Developed vision for GlobeMed’s inaugural Partner Forums in Guatemala and Thailand bringing together over 50 community leaders; facilitated 8 multi-hour small group sessions to discuss community leaders’ experiences doing grassroots organizing, negotiating with grant-makers, and their vision for the future of community development
  • Managed a large U.S. federal grant to increase access to global health work opportunities for undergraduate students from underrepresented racial and socioeconomic background

Costa Rica-USA Foundation (CRUSA), Economic Development Specialist, August 2013 – June 2014

  • Researched loan market for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Costa Rica and developed strategic plan to initiate a $400,000 program-related investment fund lending to SMEs to invest in renewable energy adoption
  • Built partnerships with local NGOs, tour operators, and government agencies to promote high-value, small-scale, and nature-based community development projects in the Osa Peninsula
  • Designed and implemented a systematic monitoring and evaluation program for seven rural water management projects 
  • Designed and implemented evaluation process for CRUSA’s Small Grants Program to more fully align with CRUSA’s mission to invest in marginalized coastal communities

Bodhi Surf and Yoga Philanthropy Program, Consultant, May 2014 – August 2014

  • Created travelers’ philanthropy program to invest in local community by conducting in-depth interviews with community members and organizations
  • Developed financial management tools for staff to track program income, administrative fees, and community investment

University of Chicago Institute of Politics, Programming and Marketing Coordinator, August 2012 – June 2013

  • Formed part of the founding team to launch David Axelrod’s Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago
  • Created and executed strategic marketing plan, managed event and marketing budget and assisted in developing 15 partnerships with peer organizations
  • Generated content for social media channels and established manageable and effective publishing calendars
  • Compiled and distributed weekly newsletter reaching over 1,800 students, faculty, and community members with events and opportunities in public service
  • Generated post-event surveys that solicited feedback, developed survey analysis metrics, and produced final reports on program effectiveness
  • Collaborated with external vendor to improve internal database for tracking of donors, sponsors, alumni, and other key constituents

Millennium Campus Network (MCN), Chicago District Director, January 2010 – June 2012

  • Organized numerous skill-building workshops for 30 student leaders from six colleges in Chicago on topics in international development, student organization management, fundraising, and monitoring and evaluation
  • Partnered with the White House, Partners in Health, and Millennium Promise to mobilize student efforts to attain UN’s Millennium Development Goals
  • Assisted student leaders in grant-writing and conferred with the MCN national staff to disseminate one $10,000 and two $5,000 project grants to student leaders to fund their field projects
  • Recruited and matched nonprofit professionals as mentors to student groups based on the groups’ needs

campusCATALYST Nonprofit Consulting, University of Chicago Chair, September 2010 – June 2012

  • Led and coordinated Chicago nonprofits, undergraduate student teams, and MBA student mentors to partner in a 10-week capacity-building consulting project each quarter
  • Assessed campusCATALYST’s strategic plan with the board of directors and maintained 501c(3) status
  • Publicized campusCATALYST programs and connected students and alumni to the organization

Education

University of Chicago, Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Human Development and Human Rights

Centro Tinku, Quechua Language and Culture Certificate

Other Skills and Experiences

  • Languages: Native speaker of Mandarin Chinese; fluent in English and Spanish
  • Aerial Arts: Certified aerial yoga and fitness instructor by AIR Aerial Fitness
  • REAL Change Organizing and Advocacy Fellow: served as a fellow through the advocacy organization RESULTS to receive training on community organizing and advocacy with elected representatives and the media in order to promote policies that improve access to education, health, and economic opportunity
  • Center for Courage and Renewal: participated in three-day retreat, Courage to Lead: A Courage & Renewal Retreat for Young Leaders and Activists, discussing our purpose, activism, and our responsibility in this world
  • Still Harbor Facilitation Training: received intensive training on anti-oppressive facilitation, cross-cultural communication, and using the tools of deep compassion and courage to create a more equitable world
  • Translation Work
    • Medline Industries: translated more than 20 medical information pamphlets for patient outreach and education (English to Spanish)
    • Neal for Mayor: translated website for 2019 Chicago mayoral candidate Neal Sales-Griffin (English to Spanish)