2018 Speakers



dr. josephine m. kIM

Faculty, Prevention Science and Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Josephine M. Kim, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC (김명화) is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Certified Counselor who provides professional consultation and expertise on multicultural, mental health, and educational issues to various media sources in Asia and in the U.S. She is the keynote speaker at numerous parent, teacher, counselor, and youth conferences, and is the author of two best-selling books in Korea “The secret to children’s self-esteem” and “Self-esteem in the classroom.” Her research and practice focus on bridging the cultural gap between immigrant parents and their 1.5 and 2.0 American children. She was an Administrative Fellow in the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity at Harvard University. She is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and associated faculty at the MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness.

Mental Health Professionals Panel

Asian American college students have higher rates of suicidal thoughts than their counterparts, and each year, more than 1,100 “successful” students take their own lives on U.S. college and university campuses. Cultural stigma often prevents students who are struggling from seeking help. This problem is compounded by a lack of awareness and open conversations about mental health within the Asian American community. What are the pressures faced by Asian American students? What is “success,” and can students be successful without sacrificing their well-being? How can parents foster both? Diverse mental health professionals will address these important questions in this interactive panel discussion.

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Francis chen, lcsw

Francis Chen provides counseling services for undergraduate and graduate students as a licensed independent clinical social worker (LCSW) at Tufts University Counseling and Mental Health Service.

He earned his masters in social work from Boston University School of Social Work. At Tufts, Francis leads two student groups, one that supports students impacted by undocumented status and another that connects students managing depression. Many of his clinical interests stem from a desire for everyone to feel included and seen, for people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, ethnicities, immigration statuses, and faith practices to find community and a sense of belonging. Francis also enjoys staying active with his wife and twin daughters.

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Karen Shih, Ph.D

Karen Shih is an Assistant Dean of the Office of Intercultural Education and the Advisor to Students of Asian Descent at Wellesley College.  She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling and School Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master’s in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Georgia, Athens. Karen has a professional background in multicultural counseling and education. With a strong interest in mentoring, she advises Asian/Asian American student organizations and provides individual students with academic, personal, and career advising. As the co-founder of Wellesley’s First Generation College Students Network, Karen is also committed to supporting first generation students and increasing awareness about socio-economic class issues. She was born and raised in Taiwan and is a proud parent of two strong-willed daughter.

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Gureen Singh, LMHC

Gureen Singh was born and raised in New Delhi, India and moved to New York at the age of 15, where she acquired her BS in Psychology from Stony Brook University and later earned her MA in Counseling Psychology from William James College in Newton. She is the founder of Singh Psychotherapy in Back Bay, where she is a practicing Licensed Mental Health Clinician (LMHC), focused on identity development and trauma-focused therapy for her racially and ethnically diverse clients. While she has extensive experience working with college students, adults, couples and families, her true passion and interest lies in combining advocacy work with mental health treatment, specifically within Asian and South Asian communities. She tries to spend her limited free time reading, exploring new cuisines, and is an avid fan of Indian classical music.


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Tri (Pronounced "gee") Quach, MS

Tri Quach is the program coordinator for the Asian American Studies Program at UMass Boston. He holds a MS in Transnational Cultural Community Studies from UMass Boston. He formerly was director of the Coalition for Asian Pacific American Youth and has been organizing in the Asian American community for the last 20 years working with organizations such as the Asian American Resource Workshop, the Chinese Progressive Association and Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center. His work has focused around youth organizing and art for social justice.

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Nora Yasumura, msw

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 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 in New Hampshire.  Currently, she is a Life Skills teacher and peer mediator advisor at the Indian Mountain School in Connecticut.  In addition, she lives at the Hotchkiss School and is an independent diversity consultant and trainer, working closely with middle and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities throughout the northeast.