Damaris is a learner / teacher. She’s an Asian American woman, a woman of color, a Korean adoptee in reunion, who grew up in Toms River, NJ. She has spent time in NJ, NH, MA, NC, DC, and Shijiazhuang, China. She is eager to connect: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maddie is a May 2018 graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she earned a B.A. in History. Now an E.d.M candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Learning and Teaching program, Maddie's educational and professional interests center on racial and ethnic identity and critical consciousness development in K-12 schools and emancipatory and liberatory education for students of color. She is also interested in prison education and supporting incarcerated students' access to emancipatory education. Through Let's Talk, she hopes to expand the conversation around multiracial Asians and the best ways to support this growing and unique population
Sukhmani is the Director of Community Outreach at the MGH Center for Cross Cultural Student Emotional Wellness. She is also an MPH candidate at Boston University where she is specializing in Community Health with an emphasis on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders. Prior to her time in Boston she worked in the Behavioral and Neural Genetics Lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She spent two years researching the neurobiology of addiction and the neural mechanisms and biology of mental illness. She has spent the past 3 years immersed in Asian mental health care and first person advocacy. Through community engagement and cross cultural education, she hopes to empower individuals to actively participate in their own treatment. By working to educate both the public and medical community she hopes to ameliorate the stigma attached to seeking treatment and make quality care accessible to all.
Brandeis Asian American Task Force
We’re the Brandeis Asian American Task Force: an open, grassroots community of students who’ve come together to advocate for Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Asian international students here at Brandeis University. We were founded in 2015 through protests to create Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Studies at Brandeis, which we continue developing today with support of faculty and the wider public. The purpose of BAATF is to gather and mobilize students around finding solutions to issues specific to the Asian American community here at Brandeis.
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The Cosmos https://www.jointhecosmos.com | @jointhecosmos | email@example.com The Cosmos is community for Asian women creators, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and artists to flourish and thrive. Through content and experiences, we empower Asian women to create the representation and culture change we deserve. Our community is inclusive of self-identifying women, femmes, gender nonconforming, queer, and transgender individuals of Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian, and mixed descent.
Cassandra Lam is a consultant turned yoga teacher, activist, and community builder. As CEO and cofounder of The Cosmos, a community for Asian women creators to flourish and thrive, she is passionate about inspiring people of color to imagine what liberation can look like. Born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California, she is the proud first generation daughter to Vietnamese boat refugee parents. Cassandra is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.
Born and raised in South Carolina, Karen Mok is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of The Cosmos. She identifies as a community builder, operator, and child of immigrants passionate about identity, culture, and equality. She created her first company at age 16 through the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a non-profit providing entrepreneurship education to youth from low-income communities. Since then, she's been drawn to work with and for organizations that support underrepresented and underestimated entrepreneurs and creators. She serves on the Citizens Advisory Council for the San Francisco Grants for the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.
Shannon Daniels is a writer and English teacher in Boston. She is currently earning her Masters in the Teacher Education Program and student-teaches the humanities at Boston Arts Academy.
Charlene is a passionate advocate for women’s reproductive health rights, increasing healthcare access, and addressing mental health disparities among racial minorities. To work on these issues, she’s currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. After this, she will return to complete her final year of medical school at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. She is planning for a career of patient advocacy as a future emergency medicine physician. She sees the emergency department as an underutilized place where we can learn from and assist individuals in our community who are struggling in our healthcare system.
Tim is a Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he co-leads the Asian American Policy Review Journal and serves as a Public Narrative Coach. Before graduate school, he was a youth worker and educator in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, known for its holistic Gross National Happiness philosophy. He received his BA in Human Biology and MA in Education from Stanford University. To honor the inherent dignity of every life and to build a more just, inclusive world, Tim believes that we all have a part to play in promoting mental health and emotional well-being in our communities.
Meghan is currently pursuing an Ed.M. in International Education Policy at Harvard Graduate School of Education. A queer Chinese adoptee herself, she loves to talk about transracial adoptees, queerness, and girls’ education.
Jiennie graduated from the University of San Diego in 2017 and earned a BA in Sociology with a concentration in Social Justice and a minor in Psychology and Biomedical Ethics. She iscurrently a second-year Occupational Therapy Student earning her MS at Tufts University Boston School of Occupational Therapy. Jiennie is working towards eliminating the gap in minority health by advocating for health equity and providing culturally competent occupational therapy services. As a person living with mental health conditions, Jiennie is committed to raising awareness about Asian American mental health and ending the stigma around mental illness by sharing her story.
Hannah graduated with a BA in International Studies and a minor in Asian Studies from the University of Florida in 2016. She then attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education and obtained her Master’s of Education degree in Prevention Science and Practice, specializing in Prevention Research. At Harvard, she was the 2018 Let’s Talk! Conference chair and an executive board member for the Pan-Asian Coalition for Education. Hannah is now a first-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Georgia State University, where she is being trained as a mental health clinician and researcher, studying the effects of acculturative stress, social self-efficacy, sense of belonging, self-esteem, and mental health implications in the Asian American community. She has a passion of working with the Korean immigrant community, providing psychoeducation, and culturally competent mental healthcare.
Mikayla Medeiros is passionate about trauma, research, and education. She received her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Suffolk University. During her time there she was a research assistant at the university’s Personality, Emotion, and Social Processes Lab under Dr. Suvak. Here she focused her efforts aiding in a graduate student dissertation on Emotional Granularity. In addition to her work in Dr. Suvak’s lab she interned with the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute. At JRI Mikayla coded qualitative data and helped coordinate internal database creation while studying Developmental Trauma Disorder. For the past two years Mikayla has been a part of the Neuro Oncology research team at Massachusetts General Hospital. Mikayla hopes to take an interdisciplinary approach to tackling complex mental health problems associated with emotional and structural trauma across the life course. She believes strongly in the utilization of first person advocacy for mental health reform in both diagnostic and therapeutic models.
Mustard Seed Generation
Mustard Seed Generation is a Christian nonprofit organization that aims to foster emotional healing and holistic growth of the Asian American population by reconciling individuals, families, and communities through culture-specific workshops and conferences.
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Dr. Poon is a native New Yorker who returned to the Big Apple in 2017 after having the privilege to learn and train in cities like Boston, Denver, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver, and is currently a staff psychologist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center's Student Health Service. Dr. Poon has worked with young adults on college campuses for over six years, and specializes in outreach and prevention services to marginalized communities. He's presented local and national workshops on multicultural mental health issues, QTPOC advocacy and support, and compassionate leadership. In his spare time, Dr. Poon is writing his first young adult fiction novel, figuring out the NYC transit system, and finding clothes that still spark joy.
Venissala is a Thai-American who grew up in Connecticut. She is a third year undergraduate student at Boston University studying Psychology and Philosophy as well as English. She is currently a research assistant at the Asian Women’s Health Initiative Project (AWSHIP), which seeks to empower young Asian/Asian American women through mental health awareness and intervention. After graduation, she hopes to pursue the field of social work, specifically in advocacy and community organizing for underrepresented communities and minorities. Venissala also hopes to continue her creative works in poetry by exploring themes of identity, race, gender and sexuality.
David Huang Yang was born and raised in New Orleans, LA and studied Biomedical and Electrical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU). During his four years at WashU, he served as the President of the Asian Multicultural Council and as Chair of the Diversity Affairs Council. He was the founder of the Asian American Pacific Islanders Initiative, a working group that led to the development of WashU’s Asian American Studies Minor. After graduating from college, David started medical school at Louisiana State University Health and Sciences Center with the intention of pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine. David served as Co-Chair of Mental Health for the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association and ran the first survey study focused on mental health among Asian American medical students.
Nora Yasumura holds a Master's in Social Work (MSW) from New York University. She has a professional background and expertise in understanding social identity and equity, community organizing, inclusive leadership, and mindfulness practice. At Dartmouth College, she served as an Assistant Dean of Student Life and Advisor to Asian and Asian American Students for 12 years. She has also worked as a part-time additional reader for the Dartmouth College Admissions Office. She was the founding Director of the Global Community Initiative at the Cardigan Mountain School and a Life Skills teacher at the Indian Mountain School. Currently, she is a Class Dean at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and is an independent diversity consultant and trainer, working closely with middle and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities throughout the northeast.
Liz studied Human Development and Psychology at HGSE and graduated last May. Before coming to the US, Liz's teaching work with Chinese rural children from Guizhou Province helped her find her calling and understand how important it is for children to have enough emotional support. She worked as a teaching fellow last fall for the course Public Narrative at HKS. This experience enabled her to see how being vulnerable and sharing one’s personal story can help a leader activate others’ emotional resources. She is using storytelling to communicate her passion for rural education and help others see the strength of rural communities. Liz hopes to share this craft with you and create a safe and brave space for us to discuss mental health issues together.