Susan Hainze (1984 MS Industrial Eng)

Why do you want to join SAPAAC’s Board of Directors? What past volunteer involvement and leadership experience do you have with Asian American issues and/or organizations in the Stanford or greater community?

I joined SAPAAC board couple years ago because I felt there are Asian Alums in Seattle area but no one here leading events. Since joining, I have hosted Lunar New Year Dim Sum Lunch, Asian Art Museum docent tour, Pacific Science Center Terracotta Warriors tour & Asian American Theater events. I hope to continue with more Asian theme events and bring out more Asians in our area to be more active and involved.

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I am actively involved in my son's school PTSA and volunteering at his sports teams. With my older son just left for the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, I am foreseeing some travelling to Maryland or California supporting/watching him playing Varsity Water Polo. But I am sure I can still find time with my continuous support for SAPAAC.

Brian Cheu (1985 AB Psychology)

Why do you want to join SAPAAC’s Board of Directors? What past volunteer involvement and leadership experience do you have with Asian American issues and/or organizations in the Stanford or greater community?

I was inspired by my recent participation in the SAPAAC Summit, as well as by the STARS conference the weekend immediately following. With the recent appointment of the new university president, I feel there is an immediate opportunity to take advantage of President Tessier-Lavigne's stated commitment to racial equity issues on campus. I'm especially interested in working with SAPAAC and the other alumni of color associations to see if we can make meaningful change on campus, particularly in the areas of faculty diversity and university administration senior leadership.

Haas Center for Public Service, National Advisory Board, 2008-2013

Chinese for Affirmative Action, Executive Director, 2003-2005

Stanford Pride, Board of Directors, 2001-2003

Organization of Chinese American, National Board of Directors, 1998-2000

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Civil Rights Committee Co-Chair, 1995-1997

SAPAAC, Board of Directors, 1994-1998

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Board of Governors, Stanford Associates, 2 meetings/year
Board of Directors, KQED Public Media, 5 meetings/year

Tony Tong (1994 BS Mechanical Eng)

Why do you want to join SAPAAC’s Board of Directors? What past volunteer involvement and leadership experience do you have with Asian American issues and/or organizations in the Stanford or greater community?

Hello SAPAAC! How time flies. I was involved with SAPAAC back in the late 1990's, and after taking some time off for work, school, and family, I am looking forward to reconnecting with the SAPAAC and Stanford communities.

I live in Sacramento with my wife & three wonderfully growing children. I am self-employed running a small product design consulting business, and previously also served on the board of the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco.

Have a great summer!

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Parent volunteer at children's schools, approximately 4 hours/week.

Dan Kojiro (1974 BS Chemistry)

Why do you want to join SAPAAC’s Board of Directors? What past volunteer involvement and leadership experience do you have with Asian American issues and/or organizations in the Stanford or greater community?

The integration, or non-integration, of Asian Americans into American communities, and the Stanford community, have been of interest to me since I entered Stanford in 1969. What had the largest impact on me was the different ways Asian Americans from Asian communities and those from non-Asian communities viewed themselves and the way they fit into their communities. The only change I've noticed over the last few decades, is in the increased ethnic diversity of Asian Americans in the United States and at Stanford. While the ethnic diversity of Asian Americans has changed, the difference between how those from Asian and non-Asian communities view themselves and how they fit into their communities has not.

While at Stanford, I was involved, and participated, in the establishment of the Asian American Student Association (AASA), The Peoples Tea House, Junipero - the Asian American Theme Dorm, served as editor for Ichimi Doshin - the AASA Newsletter, contributed to MIN - the newsletter of the Asian American Coordinating Committee, and participated in many services and outreach programs that sprung from those organizations (e.g. the first outreach / recruiting trips to Asian American Communities, and participating in Asian American Student Conferences and Meetings).

I've organized reunion events for the Asian American Theme Dorms, Peoples Tea House, and served as Moderator for the "Asian American Origins Panel".

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I'm currently a volunteer Basketball coach at Mount Pleasant High School in San Jose. Although there are year-round duties, my time is required mostly during basketball season, November to mid-February. In Season, I have practice every weekday afternoon plus occasional Saturday workouts. Games are usually (but not always) Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

I have participated in activities related to the Stanford First Generation / Low Income (FLI) group through the Diversity Office and the SNAP program. There are no set time commitments at this time.

Simon Zheng (2014 BS Computer Science (Eng), 2015 MS Computer Science (Eng))

Why do you want to join SAPAAC’s Board of Directors? What past volunteer involvement and leadership experience do you have with Asian American issues and/or organizations in the Stanford or greater community?

I want to join the SAPAAC's Board of Directors to continue advocating and organizing for the Asian-American community. I've worked on this in the past as director of the Fuzhounese Empowerment Initiative (FEI), an Executive Board Member of Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY), and the president of Stanford's Queer and Asian (Q&A) group during my time at Stanford.

As director of FEI, I worked to serve the Fuzhounese community by tackling important issues for Fuzhounese immigrant families by helping navigate issues around documentation status, promoting education accessibility and professional mentorship. The most successful program I organized was a career mentorship program with 25+ mentor-mentee pairs.

As an executive Board Member of GAPIMNY, I created and led GAPIMNY’s initiatives in the social committee that tripled our paid member count and draws more than 150+ attendees at semimonthly happy hours, initiated and organize a monthly film screening of movies related to gay/Asian issues, and contribute to events planning events such as Pride and Trans Day of Action.

As president of Stanford Q&A, I led a five-person executive team to build a strong, inclusive and welcoming community for Queer and Asian (Q&A) individuals; efforts ultimately increased general meeting attendance by 50% on average from the previous year. Throughout the year, I innovated and executed 15 events and workshops designed for community building, increasing Q&A visibility, and exploring identity. Events included: Safe and Open Spaces Panel, Dim Sum outings, identity workshops, and sex positivity workshops.

I believe that I, as an Asian-American Stanford alumnus, have both the privilege and responsibility to advocate for Asian-American issues, to foster solidarity within our community, and to promote wellness and success for individuals within our community.

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- Board of Directors for GAPIMNY (Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York) -- 10 hours/month

- Mandarin Language Exchange Group organizer -- 3 hours/month

- SAPAAC NYC Leadership -- 10 hours / month

Danny Taing (2007 BA Communication, 2007 BA Psychology, 2008 MA (Soc Psych & Interpers Process) Sociology)

Why do you want to join SAPAAC’s Board of Directors? What past volunteer involvement and leadership experience do you have with Asian American issues and/or organizations in the Stanford or greater community?

I’ve served on the board of GAPIMNY (Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York) as Social Chair for 4 years. When I moved to NYC in 2013, there was a problematic dearth of QAPI (Queer Asian Pacific Islander) spaces. Determined to build a stronger QAPI community in NYC, I joined the GAPIMNY Board and launched a regular QAPI Happy Hour in 2014 where QAPI folks can bring their full intersectional selves and bond without fear of discrimination. Since then, attendance at our events has skyrocketed, and our paid member base has more than tripled. I plan to bring this dedication to creating more meaningful spaces for SAPAAC in NYC and beyond. In fact, with the support and guidance of the Events Committee, I co-organized a SAPAAC in NYC Happy Hour in May that drew over 40 attendees and began creating a more connected and meaningful SAPAAC in NYC community.

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Stanford Pride Board - 10 hours/quarter

GAPIMNY Board - 6 hours/quarter

Mark Flores (2016 BA Human Biology, 2016 BA (Creative Writing) English, 2017 MA Sociology)

Why do you want to join SAPAAC’s Board of Directors? What past volunteer involvement and leadership experience do you have with Asian American issues and/or organizations in the Stanford or greater community?

The Asian American community played a pivotal role in shaping my Stanford experience, and ever since I took (former) Professor Stephen Sohn’s Asian American literature class, I’ve been committed to bettering the undergraduate Asian American community. I’ve served the Stanford Asian American community in various ways, such as the workshops committee co-chair for LTS, an Okada Ethnic Theme Associate, AASA core co-chair/Ex-Officio A3C Advisory Board Member, and through my involvement with the Stanford Journal of Asian American Studies (as a writer, editor, then eventually Co-Editor-in-Chief). Even my academic work focused on the Asian American community through exploring Chinese American identity in Hawaii. As a coterm, I stayed active in the community by attending events at the A3C and going to protests like the March for Inclusion in Chinatown, and I’m hoping to continue this momentum as an alum, making an even bigger impact with the alumni community.

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Kevin Hsu (2008 BS Earth Systems, BA International Relations, 2011 MS Civil & Environmental Engineering)

Why do you want to join SAPAAC’s Board of Directors? What past volunteer involvement and leadership experience do you have with Asian American issues and/or organizations in the Stanford or greater community?

I am excited by the energy of Stanford’s Asian American alumni, and eager to work hand-in-hand on the issues important to our community. With Asian Americans increasingly entering the public sphere, our political participation and cultural representation are no longer fringe issues—yet there’s so much more to be done.

Along with other Stanford alumni, I’m also keen to see our alma mater live up to its ideals. Many of us hope that the University can be an ethical and positive force in Silicon Valley. At times, I’ve been heartbroken, but far more often, am deeply inspired, by what happens on the Stanford campus. As an alumni organization, SAPAAC can be part of the conversation about this institution we all love, and the principles it stands for.

I am currently a board member of SAPAAC, where I work with the Issues & Advocacy and Events committees to offer creative programming relevant to our community. I also served as the historian for the Asian American Graduate Student Association (AAGSA) and was an active member of Students for a Sustainable Stanford. It would be a great pleasure and honor to continue collaborating with the SAPAAC board and membership to keep our momentum going.

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Stanford Club of Shanghai (2 hours / week), Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford (1 hour / week), Ketagalan Media (2 hours / week)

Glen Fukushima (1972 AB History)

Why do you want to join SAPAAC’s Board of Directors? What past volunteer involvement and leadership experience do you have with Asian American issues and/or organizations in the Stanford or greater community?

SAPAAC has tremendous potential to enhance the position of Asian Americans at Stanford and in American society more generally, and I would like to contribute to this effort based on my experience in academia, law, government, business, and nonprofits. I currently divide my time between Washington, D.C. (50%), San Francisco (20%), Tokyo (20%), and elsewhere (10%) and am actively engaged in U.S.-Asian relations. In 2002, I was selected to Stanford:s *Asian American Alumni Hall of Fame,* in 2008, I received the *Person of the Year* Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society, and in 2014, I received the *Leadership Award* from LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics). I am a lifetime member of JACL and of OCA, and I serve on boards of several organizations that promote U.S.-Asian relations. I was also a panelist at the first SAPAAC Summit earlier this year.

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Global Advisory Council, Asia Society (NY); Board of Governors, Japanese American National Museum (LA); Board of Councilors, U.S.-Japan Council (DC); Commissioner, National Portrait Gallery (DC). My current position as Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress allows me considerable flexibility to devote to *extracurricular* activities.

Henry Wang (2011 MS Electrical Eng, 2016 PHD Electrical Eng)

Why do you want to join SAPAAC’s Board of Directors? What past volunteer involvement and leadership experience do you have with Asian American issues and/or organizations in the Stanford or greater community?

Currently, as a product manager at Oracles, I help manage, organize, and collaborate with the development teams. I work with sales, marketing, and various stakeholders to ensure the project is carried out appropriately under the desired time frame. As an Asian American myself, I would like to apply this set of skills to help with the Asian American communities at Stanford. I would like to contribute by organizing, coordinating, and leading various projects that have direct impact on Asian Americans issues such as mental health, parental pressure, and any other pertinent issues relevant to the Asian American community at large.

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I do not have any other commitment in the foreseeable future.

NaSun Cho (1998 AB English, Studio Art)

Why do you want to join SAPAAC’s Board of Directors? What past volunteer involvement and leadership experience do you have with Asian American issues and/or organizations in the Stanford or greater community?

I've recently played a part in organizing Stanford's inaugural gathering of Asian American alums this past spring. Having had a positive experience working with and learning from my fellow alumni volunteers, I would welcome the chance to continue to find ways to bring the SAPAAC community together.

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Volunteer for: Make-A-Wish Bay Area 5-10 hrs/quarter, Village Harvest 4-8 hrs/quarter