In addition to my work in academia, I also have extensive experience in Student Affairs. I served as the Interim Co-Director of the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) at Yale University from May – October 2017, while writing my dissertation full-time for my Ph.D. In this role, I worked with my Co-Director to oversee the recruitment, hiring, and training of multiple positions on the team. This included hiring the full-time position of Assistant Director of the AACC as well as a student staff consisting of five Graduate Program Coordinators and 19 Undergraduate Program Coordinators. In conjunction with our supervisor, the Dean of Student Engagement at Yale College, we also administered the selection process for a permanent Director of the AACC/Assistant Dean of Yale College position; designed the vision for the upcoming academic year; and re-articulated the long-term mission of the Center. Regarding my individual leadership in this role, I also managed the operations of the physical space of the Center and solely oversaw the financial planning of the Asian American Cultural Center.
Previous to this role, I served as a Graduate Program Coordinator at the Asian American Cultural Center for three years where I supervised and mentored undergraduate students, designed and implemented programs for the Yale community (both graduate and undergraduate levels), and performed administrative duties.
Before joining the Yale University community, I worked full-time in the field of Academic Administration as the Operations Administrator for the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University (NYU). In this role, I came to more deeply understand the structure of academic departments and appreciate the different kinds of work university administration, faculty, administrative staff, and students do within their fields. Additionally, I gained valuable experience in administrative work, organization management, and hiring and recruitment.
As an undergraduate student at NYU, I served in several roles directly within Student Affairs. I was a Resident Assistant (RA) at Founders Hall, a first year residence hall for two years (August 2010 – May 2012). In one of the most developed residential life programs in higher education, my role as an RA at NYU included programming, mentoring, resource administration, and implementing disciplinary policy. I went on to serve as a Program Assistant (with comparable duties) for the NYU Precollege Program in the Summer of 2012 after graduation.