Center Staff

Head Coordinators

 

Rohan Angadi

Rohan Angadi (Davenport ‘21)

Pronouns: he/him/his

Major: Economics and Mathematics

Hometown: Clovis, NM

Why AACC? I wanted to learn more about my own identity as a South Asian student while helping others learn more about themselves in a welcoming space, I think the AACC is a place where all ideas are accepted, and I absolutely love learning from the amazing individuals I meet every day. In the last two years, the AACC has been my home away from home, and I can’t imagine my Yale experience without it.

Favorite Class at Yale? Fantasy in Literature and Film

Favorite Book? Kindred by Octavia Butler

Sohum Pal

Sohum Pal (Branford ‘20)

Pronouns: he/they

Major: History

Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA

Why AACC? The AACC and the students we serve have created the most loving, critical community I could have imagined. I am so excited to continue being a part of it.

Favorite Place to Study On/Off Campus? Haas Arts Library

Favorite Film? Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Graduate Assistants

 

 Chandra Couzens

Chandra Couzens

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Yale School of Public Health ’20: Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Why AACC? It’s important to me to share space with like-minded individuals and to be able to engage in activism and social justice work, especially now that I’m in a more focused graduate program. Also, free food hehe 

Favorite Place to Study On/Off Campus? Fussy Coffee

Favorite Book? Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the Americans City by Matthew Desmond

Helen Moore

Helen Moore

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Yale School of Public Health ’20: Health Policy

Hometown: Centereach, NY

Why AACC? I wanted to be part of a community that supported my dedication to advocacy, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The AACC presents a unique space that marries all of my passions while also creating a platform for individuals to voice their opinions and make change. 

Favorite Class at Yale? Health Policy at YSPH with Jason Schwartz 

Favorite Book? I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Leah Silvieus

Leah Silvieus

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Yale School of Divinity

Hometown: Stevensville, MT

Why AACC? As a transnational/transracial adoptee who felt very isolated growing up in a rural area without access to Asian/Asian American communities, I recognize the value of these spaces and want to do what I can to contribute to them. 

Favorite Book? Recently, R.O. Kwon’s The Incendiaries

Favorite Film? In the Mood for Love

Alumni Engagement

 

Alice Lieu

Alice Lieu (Trumbull ‘20)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: English

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Why AACC? The people, the always welcoming spirit of community and acceptance, the supportive conversations and events that encourage us to understand each other’s ethnic identities and cultural experiences, and the Catan set upstairs! 

Favorite Class at Yale? Neil Goldberg’s Introduction to Digital Video

Favorite Book? Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being

Dan Nguyen

Dan Nguyen (Pierson ‘21)

Pronouns:

Major: Economics and Anthropology

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Why AACC? The AACC has always felt like home to me. From making chao, a Viet soup that is known to cure sickness for ViSA members during the flu season, to being in great discussions in the Multipurpose Room, to participating in the AACC’s inaugural Fall Retreat and Alternative Spring Break, my involvement with the AACC helps me learn a lot about Asian American communities and the intersection between ethnicity and identity. To me, the AACC is a space that fosters community and great learning opportunities for students. I know for sure that I want to keep on contributing to its mission by being more than just a participant in its activities, but also a staff who can facilitate dialogues and engage other Yalies in the resources that it provides.

Favorite Place to Study On/Off Campus? The SOM East Rock Overlook Stand Up Desk 

Favorite Book? The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

Jennifer Qu

Jennifer Qu (Berkeley ‘22)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Sociology and Ethnicity, Race & Migration

Hometown: Woodside, NY

Why AACC? Working at the AACC is so exciting! It’s where I’m immersed in a space working alongside students who not only are passionate about bringing Asian culture to Yale, but also give such diverse perspectives and experiences that I can learn from. 

Favorite Class at Yale? Asian American History

Favorite Book? Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Civic & Political Engagement

 

Elijah Hong

Elijah Hong (Pierson ‘22)

Pronouns: he/him/his

Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration

Hometown: Nashville, TN

Why AACC? Asian American identity played a huge role in my personal, political, and social development. I believe everyone of AAPI descent should have the same opportunities of self-discovery.

Favorite Place to Study On/Off Campus? Sterling Law Building

Favorite Movie? Finding Nemo

Lillian Hua

Lillian Hua (Silliman ‘21)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Economics and Ethnicity, Race, & Migration

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Why AACC? I love the community and wonderful people!

Favorite Place to Study On/Off Campus? Rudolph Hall, 7th Floor

Favorite Class at Yale? Decolonizing East Asian with Stephen Poland

Vanessa Zhang

Vanessa Zhang (Branford ‘21)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Economics and MCDB

Hometown: Lexington, MA

Why AACC? The AACC is a wonderful home away from home on campus and I’m beyond ecstatic to be returning as a member of staff!

Favorite Place to Study On/Off Campus? Koffee

Favorite Book? When Breath Becomes Air

Communications & Graphic Design

 

Annelise Ratner

Annelise Ratner (Silliman ‘22)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Undeclared

Hometown: Cambodia, Malaysia, and Maryland

Why AACC? The experiences and the people that make up the AACC, the thoughts and spirits that pour character and vivacity into this space, possess an energy that is at once both comfortingly familiar and deeply transformational.

Favorite Class at Yale? Visual Kinship

Favorite Film? The Missing Picture

Katharine Li

Katharine Li (Benjamin Franklin ‘21)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Art

Hometown: Plainsboro, NJ

Why AACC? Because I believe in having a space to explore and delight in our Asian American identities at Yale!

Favorite Place to Study On/Off Campus? Bass

Favorite Book? Ulysses by James Joyce

Vicky Wu

Vicky Wu (Pierson ‘21)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Architecture

Hometown: New York, NY

Why AACC? Because community! And because it’s important to embrace and explore our Asian/Asian-American experiences. 

Favorite Place to Study On/Off Campus? The little outside sitting area by the CEID

Favorite Book? The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - by Michael Chabon

Historians

 

Cathy Duong

Cathy Duong (Morse ‘22)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: English

Hometown: Garden Grove, CA

Why AACC? To create a thinking space on campus for past and present Asian-American issues

Favorite Place to Study On/Off Campus? St. Thomas More Chapel’s Golden Center 

Favorite Film? “Tháng Năm Rực Rỡ” (Go-Go Sisters)

Eileen Huang

Eileen Huang (Timothy Dwight ‘22)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Holmdel, NJ

Why AACC? It’s a space where I can further explore Asian American history/activism while finding a generous, supportive community.

Favorite Place to Study On/Off Campus? Kroon Hall

Favorite Book? Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

Supriya Kohli

Supriya Kohli (Ezra Stiles ‘20)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Ethnicity, Race and Migration

Hometown: Edmond, OK

Why AACC? I want to be a part of building a home and place of support for the Asian American comminity. 

Favorite Class at Yale? Intro to Critical Refugess Studies with Quan Tran

Favorite Book? Harry Potter

Lifestyle & Mental Health

 

Herman Peng

Herman Peng (Grace Hopper ‘22)

Pronouns: he/him/his

Major: Prospective Global Affairs

Hometown: Millbrae, CA

Why AACC? To be better involved in the Asian American community here at Yale, and to join a staff of passionate people. 

Favorite Place to Study On/Off Campus? Third seat to the bottom right of a Bass table. 

Favorite Class at Yale? The US, China, and the origins of the Korean Peninsula Crisis

 

Kevin Chen

Kevin Chen (Silliman ‘21)

Pronouns: he/him/his

Major: Ethnicity, Race & Migration

Hometown: Farmingdale, NY

Why AACC? The center is a space that encourages identity formation and community resistance, two things that hold significance to me as an Asian American and as a scholar of Asian American Studies. The center is serves as a second home for me, as I feel most comfortable and supported exploring my cultural identity within this backdrop.

Favorite Class at Yale? Food, Race & Migration ni the U.S.

Favorite Film? Call Me By Your Name

Tasnia Khan

Tasnia Khan (Pauli Murray ‘21)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health

Hometown: Queens, NY

Why AACC? I have found a really amazing and accepting community at the AACC, and I want to do my part to create a space for people to find the support and resources they need, and to celebrate their identities fully!

Favorite Class at Yale? Writing about Religion 

Favorite Film? Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

First-Year Coordinators

 

Angelreana Choi

Angelreana Choi (Pauli Murray ‘23)

Pronouns: sher/her/hers

Major: Undeclared

Hometown: Rolla, MO

Why AACC? 

Favorite Film? The Sound of Music

Favorite Book? The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Pia Gorme

Pia Gorme (Pierson ‘23)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Undeclared

Hometown: Atmore, AL

Why AACC? 

Favorite Class at Yale? Ancient Medicine and Disease

Favorite Film? Marvel movies