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ASIAN AMERICAN ACTIVITIES CENTER ADVISORY BOARD Vy Luu ‘17 Da Eun Kim ‘17 John Rafael ‘17 James Yan Jeanne Tsai Warren Chiang Christian Ollano Kim Huynh Mark Flores ‘16 Annie Phan ‘16 Cindy Ng Jerald Adamos

Undergraduate Student Representative Undergraduate Student Representative Undergraduate Student Representative Graduate Student Representative Faculty Representative Asian Staff Forum Representative Filipino American Community at Stanford Representative Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club/Alumni Representative Asian American Students’ Association, Ex-Officio Asian American Students’ Association, Ex-Officio Asian American Activities Center, Ex-Officio Asian American Activities Center, Ex-Officio

SPECIAL THANKS TO Asian American Activities Center Advisory Board Asian American Activities Center Staff Asian American Graduate Student Association (AAGSA) Asian American Student Association (AASA) Asian American Studies Program Asian American Theater Project (AATP) Asian Staff Forum (ASF) Filipino American Community at Stanford (FACS) Graduate Student Council

Haas Center for Public Service Kayumanggi Leland Scholars Program Munger Dining Okada House Pilipino American Student Union (PASU) Raagapella Stanford Alumni Association (SAA) Stanford Asian American Activism Committee (SAAAC) Stanford School of Medicine Stanford Wushu Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club (SAPAAC)


17TH ANNUAL STANFORD ASIAN AMERICAN AWARDS Thursday, May 5, 2016 Paul Brest Hall at Munger 6 PM Reception 7 PM Dinner & Program

Hillary Hermawan

Amy Kouch

Stefanie Ky

Rachelle Pabalan

Peto Thompson

PROGRAM PERFORMANCE BY WUSHU Wushu Demonstration WELCOME Cindy Ng ・ Associate Dean and Director, A3C FACULTY AWARD Latha Palaniappan STAFF AWARDS May-Ling Gonzales Christian Ollano PERFORMANCE BY RAAGAPELLA Stanford Raagapella



SAYA JENKS is a senior majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity with a concentration in Intersectionality. A leading member of the Asian American Theater Project (AATP), Saya began her journey with AATP when she played main character Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Over the past three years, she has served as publicity coordinator and social chair of AATP and worked on eight productions as a director, producer, dramaturg, and performer. Her stage credits include the roles of Cinderella in Into the Woods, Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, and Leah in Yellowface. She took her passion for performing arts abroad to Oxford University and London’s National Archives, where she studied race and representation in modern British drama and conducted research on war songs during the First World War. Saya has also been an oral communication tutor at the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking and tutors low-income middle school students at the East Palo Alto Stanford Academy.

GAOZONG VANG is a senior majoring in Product Design Engineering. She aspires to create and improve safe spaces within the Asian American community for current and future students and works to ensure that Southeast Asian perspectives are included. She has played an active role in the Asian American community, serving as co-chair of the AASA Listen to the Silence Conference on Asian American issues; co-chair of the Hmong Student Union; and Community Building Coordinator, Speaker Series Coordinator, Asian American New Student Orientation Coordinator, and frosh intern at the Asian American Activities Center. She is an alumna of the Leland Scholars Program and has given back to the program by serving as both a cohort coordinator and a preceptor. Gaozong is fluent in Hmong and proficient in Japanese, with limited proficiency in Xhosa. She is interested in Asian American issues, human centered design, first generation and/or low-income issues, social impact, laser cut jewelry, and community building.

ALUMNI AWARD Jacquelyn Chang GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS Wendy Ni ・ Leadership Award Yiyang Li ・ VPGE Research/Teaching Award PERFORMANCE BY KAYUMANGGI Tinolabong UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS Ray Chen ・ Public Service Award Linda Nguyen ・ Research Award Tanvi Jayaraman ・ Gender and Sexuality Issues Award Saya Jenks ・ Performing/Fine Arts Award Gaozong Vang ・ Community Building Award Annie Phan ・ Special Achievement Award Sammie Wills ・ Special Achievement Award CLOSING REMARKS Rachelle Pabalan and Peto Thompson ・ Emcees

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS ANNIE PHAN is a senior from Albuquerque, New Mexico double majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE) and English. She has actively participated in the Asian American community through her service as the co-chair of the Asian American Students’ Association (AASA), co-chair of the AASA Listen to the Silence conference on Asian American issues, Asian American Studies Liaison and Facilities Coordinator at the Asian American Activities Center, and Ethnic Theme Associate at Okada House. She has also served as an Ethnic Theme Associate at Casa Zapata. This year, Annie co-taught CSRE31SI: Food + Race, a class that considers questions of labor and access, cultural authenticity, appropriation, and family histories. Passionate about education rooted in collective healing, social media, and the arts, she aspires to teach high school English and ethnic studies and will be earning her teaching credential and Masters in Education through the Stanford Teacher Education Program for English at the Secondary level.

SAMMIE WILLS is a senior majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE) with honors. They are passionate about community organizing and social justice. They have taught students cultural history and activism through a course they created called “Revolution and the Filipino Diaspora” and through a recent Alternative Spring Break trip “Asian American Issues: From Identity to Action.” They have built curriculum for and mentored students in CSRE; been a member of the Stanford Asian American Activism Committee, where they participated in the “Who’s Teaching Us?” campaign for diversity; and led a team of 29 staff members as Executive Editor of the activist journal Stanford Static. They have also been actively engaged in Bay Area social justice communities and trained emerging Asian American leaders in collaboration with the Chinese Progressive Association. As a community organizer for API Equality – Northern California, Sammie designed the curriculum for and facilitated the first ever API Queer Justice Leadership Exchange.


PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD RAY CHEN is a senior majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Community Health and Health Interventions and minoring in African and African American Studies. Ray has worked for the nonprofit organization Mothers Unite in Cape Town, South Africa, providing programming and tutoring for local youth and piloting a program that encourages youth to take ownership of their community experiences through photography. Ray has also served as a community health advocacy fellow for the local Boys and Girls Club, where

he developed a new curriculum for high school students aimed at increasing accessibility of health careers. Through community-based partnerships, he also worked to instill systemic understanding of health inequities. At Stanford, Ray took part in the Alternative Spring Break trip “Asian American Issues: From Identity to Action” as a participant, trip leader, and program leader advisor. He volunteers as the front desk co-chair of the Pacific Free Clinic and is currently the Publications/Publicity Coordinator at the Asian American Activities Center.





KAYUMANGGI, which means “brown-skinned” in Tagalog, is the only Filipino cultural performance troupe at Stanford and is open to all students, no experience ncessary. We aim to promote awareness of Filipino culture through dance, art, music, and drama by creating an outlet for self-exploration and discovery. Along with that, we encourage inclusiveness and openness not only among Filipino-Americans, but also with the greater Stanford and Bay Area community.

RAAGAPELLA’S music delights in the unique strengths of the voice. Our style emphasizes the choral side of the a cappella genre and actively dissociates itself from instrumental imitation. Our variety is present in the genres and languages we represent––our singers come from diverse musical and cultural backgrounds, leading to an eclectic repertoire which includes Persian poetry, Western pop, Negro Spirituals, and Sanskrit Shlokas, to name a few.

STANFORD WUSHU practices Wushu, the performance oriented Chinese martial art. Literally translated, “wu” is military and “shu” is art. Today’s Wushu consists of movements that emphasize speed, agility, and flexibility. All movements are derived from traditional combat-oriented styles but place more emphasis on presentation and aestheticism. Stanford Wushu integrates its practices with both beginning and experienced Wushu athletes.

RESEARCH AWARD LINDA NGUYEN is a senior majoring in Biology with a minor in Philosophy. She is a clinical research assistant in the Department of Hepatology, where she studies treatment outcomes of liver cancer patients. Last year, she developed a clinical research project at the Stanford University Medical Center under the mentorship of Dr. Mindie Nguyen. In her retrospective cohort study of over 1,000 predominantly Asian patients in the Bay Area, she found that Asian ethnicity was a significant risk factor for hepatitis B and liver cancer. Linda

presented her first-author abstract concerning gender differences in hepatocellular carcinoma surveillance adherence patterns in patients with chronic hepatitis B at the European Association for the Study of Liver Disease International Liver Congress in Vienna and at the Digestive Disease Week conference in Washington D.C. She volunteers at Pacific Free Clinic as a pre-clinical volunteer and Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator and aspires to become a physician who addresses issues such as access to quality healthcare.


GENDER AND SEXUALITY ISSUES AWARD TANVI JAYARAMAN is a senior double majoring in Human Biology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a concentration in Global Infectious Disease in Women’s Health. She is the co-chair of the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) Sexual Assault Prevention Committee, a program assistant at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, and a pre-clinical volunteer at the Pacific Free Clinic. As a teaching assistant for HUMBIO 28: Health and Medical Impact of Sexual Assault Across the Lifecourse, she devised the

university’s first sexual assault prevention course with Dr. Marcia Stefanick to provide an overview of the physical and psychological health impact of sexual abuse. As a Donald A. Strauss Scholar, she created the first peer-education student group for sexual assault education and prevention at Stanford. Jayaraman was a speaker at TEDxStanford 2015 and is a writer for the Huffington Post. She is a professional Bharatanatyam dancer and was a member and manager of the Stanford Basmati Raas Dance Team from 2012-2014.

The 2016 Stanford Asian American Awards is organized by the Asian American Activities Center (A3C) and hosted by the A3C Advisory Board. Created in 1990, the Advisory Board consists of graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni representatives. The purpose of the board is to advocate for the Stanford Asian-Pacific Islander community while fostering interaction among its different sectors. This award ceremony brings together members of the entire Stanford community to recognize award recipients for their tremendous service, achievement, and dedication. Award recipients were nominated by a wide variety of constituencies throughout the Stanford community and selected by members of the Advisory Board. The breadth and depth of the involvement reflected in the work of tonight’s honorees serves as a reminder of the Asian American community’s continuing growth, diversity, and strength, as well as its increasing impact on the communities that extend well beyond the Stanford campus. We are pleased to honor the 2016 award recipients for their innumerable contributions and accomplishments!


FACULTY AWARD LATHA PALANIAPPAN is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Palaniappan’s research focuses on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and health disparities. She is particularly interested in addressing the gap in knowledge of health in Asian subgroups and other understudied racial and ethnic populations. To this end, she has advocated for the collection of better health data for Asian Americans, highlighting the need in an article published in the Annals of Epidemiology entitled “Problems with the Collection and Interpretation of Asian American Health Data:

Omission, Aggregation, and Extrapolation.” As a clinician, Dr. Palaniappan developed the first clinical program at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation to address the high risk of heart disease in South Asians. She is also actively engaged in education and outreach throughout the Bay Area, co-founding the program Prevention and Awareness for South Asians (PRANA) and conducting health screenings through the South Asian Public Health Outreach Program. During her career at Stanford, Dr. Palaniappan has mentored many graduate and undergraduate students.

ALUMNI AWARD JACQUELYN CHANG received a B.A. with distinction from Stanford University in 1991 and completed her medical degree and psychiatric training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Chang worked as a staff psychiatrist with San Mateo County Mental Health Services and has taught psychiatry residents at both UCSF and the San Mateo Psychiatric Residency Program, where she earned the Teacher of the Year award in 2010 and the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2012. She has served on various national and local

committees of the American Psychiatric Association and its local district branch, the Northern California Psychiatric Society. Dr. Chang co-founded and cochaired a Committee on Asian American Issues dedicated to fostering education, communication, and mentoring among Asian American psychiatrists in the Bay Area. For her extensive work within organized psychiatry, Dr. Chang was recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 2015. Dr. Chang currently maintains a private practice in Burlingame.


STAFF AWARD MAY-LING GONZALES received her B.A. with Honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in Cultural Studies and is the Associate Director of Alumni Education at the Stanford Alumni Association (SAA). Actively engaged in the campus community, May-Ling serves as the Associate Chair of the Asian Staff Forum (ASF), mentors undergraduates through the Asian American Interactive Mentoring (AIM) Program, and assists the Stanford La Raza Staff Association with membership. A planner at heart, she thinks and reads about productivity,

efficiency, and best practices, occasionally posting articles on her productivity blog, Working Smart at Stanford. She curates unique educational experiences, working with faculty speakers to showcase outstanding research and to offer classroom and online learning. May-Ling also organizes a brown bag professional development series for SAA staff and co-led a 2014-2015 Voice & Influence Circle program for empowerment at Stanford. An avid reader and social justice advocate, she enjoys the outdoors, film festivals, beautiful typography, and strategic board games.

STAFF AWARD CHRISTIAN OLLANO received his B.A. in Urban Studies in 2012 and his M.A. in Sociology in 2013 from Stanford University. He is currently the Communications and Program Associate for the Center of Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. At Stanford, he was a Residential Assistant for Okada House, the Community Building Coordinator at the Asian American Activities Center, and the co-chair and Alumni Relations Chair for the Pilipino American Student Union (PASU). He has been a Public Outreach intern for Volunteers

in Asia (VIA) and a Public Relations intern for the Mitsubishi Motors Japan Headquarters in Tokyo. He has been a core member of the Disaster Support Network for the Philippines and of the nonprofit People Acting in Community Together, where he examined the issue of affordable housing. His interests include website content management, public speaking, event planning, coalition building, and music and theater. He has performed in over 20 performances of the musical PAWN in China, Korea, Canada, and New York City.



WENDY NI received her B.Eng. (First Class Honors) in Electrical Engineering and her B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and her M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering. Wendy serves the graduate community as a Graduate Student Council (GSC) representative, first working as an auditor for the funding committee and the Alternate Review Process committee before becoming the Healthcare Advocacy representative. She currently serves as the Chair of the GSC Diversity Advocacy Committee, which works to increase diversity within the graduate community. Wendy has also made mental health a focus for the GSC and is the graduate student representative to the Mental Health and Well Being Advisory Board. She has worked to build a safe community where mental health issues pertaining to Asian Americans can be discussed. She has also advocated for more events for underrepresented Asian American community members including LGBTQ and Southeast Asians.

YIYANG LI received a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science and Engineering. He was the principal instructor for 60 students in MATSCI 303: Principles, Materials, and Devices of Batteries. By distributing feedback forms, eliciting comments, and making himself accessible for extra office hours and general advice, Yiyang earned an above average evaluation from his students. Yiyang has published his research on fundamental battery properties in several academic journals, including Advanced Materials and ChemElectroChem, and has co-written Thermodynamic Evaluation of Green Energy Technologies, a course reader for an undergraduate class on thermodynamics. He has mentored high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in various material science topics. His honors and awards include the Robert A. Huggins Award for Outstanding Research, the Gold Graduate Student Award from the Materials Research Society, and the Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

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