Center Staff

The AACC Center Staff is comprised of several teams focusing on different areas and work collaboratively with one another, our AACC Peer Liaisons, Yale staff and faculty, the greater New Haven community, and alumni.

Head Coordinators

 

Pia Gorme

Pia Gorme (Pierson ‘23)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) + History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health (HSHM)

Why AACC? The AACC is a home away from home as well as a space for organizing and growth where I’m grateful to have the opportunity to connect with the Asian and Asian American community at Yale and welcoming everyone into a space where they can celebrate and embrace their identities.

What’s your hobby (or hobbies)? Photography + playing the piano

What is your favorite class?  Citizenship, Race, and Public Health in U.S. History

Sunnie Liu

Sunnie Liu (Jonathan Edwards ‘22)

Pronouns: she/they

Major: History + Studio Art

Why AACC? Not only is the AACC home to such a supportive, thoughtful community, but it also has provided me the space to organize with other BIPOC communities on campus and beyond.

What is your favorite food? Viet-Cajun crawfish (a Houston classic) + tang yuan made by my grandpa :)

What’s your favorite book? anything by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

AACC 40th Anniversary

 

Karen Li

Karen Li (Pauli Murray ‘22+1)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (ER&M)

Why AACC? Working at the AACC means building a sense of home on campus and fostering a deeper understanding of my own Asian identity as well as forming friendships with others in the Asian diaspora. 

What is your favorite food and where do you get it? Dim sum in NYC’s Chinatown

What’s your favorite class? Professor HoSang’s class, Race, Politics, and Law 

Sunehra Subah

Sunehra Subah (Berkeley ‘24)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Interested in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (ER&M)

Why AACC? The AACC has been a wonderful family to heal and grow with. I’ve greatly appreciated having a space to decolonize our identities through history, food, tradition, and laughter. I’m incredibly excited to take it off zoom this year, and see all your lovely faces in real life!

What is your favorite food and where do you get it? Thai soup from Sagar Chinese, the Indian-Chinese version of one of the first successful Bangladeshi restaurants to open in NYC

What is your favorite class? History of Drugs taught by Professor Marco Ramos

Alumni Engagement

 

Sanya Nair

Sanya Nair (Benjamin Franklin ‘24)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Neuroscience

Why AACC? The AACC provided me an immense amount of support and community throughout my first year, and I am excited to make this space feel inclusive and welcoming for even more students of all backgrounds and identities. 

What’s your hobby (or hobbies)? Painting, reading, watching terrible tv shows

What is your favorite book? Invinsible Man by Ralph Ellison

Vivian Zhao

Vivian Zhao (Ezra Stiles ‘24)

Pronouns: she/her

Major: Economics

Why AACC? Connecting with the Asian-American community at Yale & exploring the Asian-American identity 

What is your hobby (or hobbies)? Spending time with friends, watching dramas, Just Dance & Dance Dance Revolution, claw machines, stargazing/sunrises/sunsets, playing piano

What is your go-to midnight snack? Ramen!

Communications and Design

 

Eunice Kiang

Eunice Kiang (Berkeley ‘24)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Computing and the Arts

Why AACC? Working at the AACC can realize my wish for Asian Americans to unify and bond through creativity and sharing their stories with each other. The AACC gives me the opportunity to make friends in and learn from a community of fellow Asian Americans and contribute my artistic talent.

What is your hobby (or hobbies)? Playing video games (Genshin Impact, Super Smash Bros), cooking and baking, watching anime and K-drama, listening to music (K-pop and anime songs), swimming, cycling, traveling, singing, drawing and painting, doodling

What is your favorite class? Arts of the Silk Road

Sein Li

Sein Lee (Silliman ‘24)

Pronouns: she/hers

Major: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)

Why AACC? A chance to connect with my roots and grow as an individual alongside brilliant folks. To me, AACC presents the opportunity for expression, celebration, and exploration of the Asian and Asian American identity at Yale.

What is your favorite food? 무지개떡 - Korean rainbow rice cake from rice cake shops in Seoul

What is your hobby (or hobbies)? Ink pen design, sharing underground music, architecture in Minecraft

Yuka Saji

Yuka Saji (Ezra Stiles ‘22)

Pronouns: she/her

Major: English + Political Science

Why AACC? Working at the AACC means creating a compassionate space where Asian and Asian-American students can learn from each other, explore their cultural identities, and grow together

What is your hobby (or hobbies)? Taking long walks, playing piano, investigating supermarket ice cream flavors before I buy them 

What is your favorite book? Ulysses & Omeros: The Postcolonial Epic

Historical, Artistic, and Cultural Resources

 

Avik Sarkar

Avik Sarkar (Davenport ‘23)

Pronouns: any/all

Major: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies + Certificate in French

Why AACC? Learning from and working with the Asian American community at Yale and beyond to imagine and build a radical and intersectional space that advances our collective liberation

What is your go-to midnight snack? Falafel sandwich from Mamoun’s 

What is your favorite book? Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri

Lauren Lee

Lauren Lee (Pauli Murray ‘23)

Pronouns: she/hers

Major: Ethnicity, Race, & Migration (ER&M) + History of Art

Why AACC? Community, good food, and a space for productive, material change.

What is your go-to midnight snack? Packet seaweed and an Arizona iced tea

What is your favorite book? In the Dreamhouse by Carmen Maria Machado

Political Action and Educaton

 

Bella Bolayon

Bella Bolayon (Saybrook ‘23)

Pronouns: she/her

Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (ER&M) + Global Affairs 

Why AACC? I am hopeful that we can organize, grow, and learn together in a space that welcomes all Asian folks who hold a multitude of beautiful identities <3 

What is your favorite food? coffee + fresh beignets (from Morning Call in NOLA) and spicy pancit (from my tita’s kitchen) 

What is your favorite class? Borderlands, Race, & Sexuality

Resty Fufunan

Resty Fufunan (Trumbull ‘24)

Pronouns: he/him/his

Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (ER&M) + Statistics & Data Science (S&DS)

Why AACC? The AACC has provided such a welcoming and warm space during my first year at Yale. Although the events was mostly remote, I still got to interrogate what it meant to be part of the Asian American community. This year, I’m excited to keep exploring these identities as we transition back to in-person programming!

What is your favorite food? phở from Chicago’s Argyle neighborhood

What is your favorite class? PLSC 027 (From Protest to Power: Social Movements in Comparative Perspective)

Wellness and Mental Health

 

Cynthia Sutanto

Cynthia Sutanto (Pauli Murray ‘24)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major:  Philosophy + History

Why AACC? Working at the AACC allows me to help cultivate a warm and welcoming space where all students can find a home in. I’m so excited to learn from others’ experiences while forming lasting friendships within Yale’s Asian American community!

What is your hobby (or hobbies)? Painting, propagating plants, and making Spotify playlists for friends

What is your favorite book? The White Album by Joan Didion

Tramy Nguyen

Tramy Nguyen (Saybrook ‘24)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Cognitive Science + Statistics and Data Science (S&DS)

Why AACC? Working at the AACC means having the opportunity to listen and contribute to so many insightful conversations about the intersectionality and heterogeneity behind the Asian/ Asian American experience at Yale. I’m excited to be able to better support and engage with this wonderful and warm community through this new role as an AACC staff member! 

What’s your favorite food? Dumplings from literally anywhere (I have never encountered a bad dumpling before and I refuse to believe that bad dumplings exist)

What is your favorite class? VIET 220: Vietnamese Culture, Literature, and Values with Thay Quang!

First-Year Coordinators

 

Diza Hendrawan

Diza Hendrawan (Benjamin Franklin ‘25)

Pronouns: she/he/they

Major: Prospective Computer Science and Film & Media Studies major

Why AACC? Working at the AACC is an opportunity to continually strengthen intracommunity relationships within the Asian community on campus, as well as affirm solidarity with other Cultural Centers and students of color at Yale. I hope to help Asian and AsianAm students foster a sense of belonging and home during their time at Yale, and also to inspire our community to think more critically about our race, communities, and interaction with the world at large.

What’s your favorite food? Gudeg Ayam - fresh in Indonesia, canned in America

What is your hobby (hobbies)? Writing, dancing, theatre, filmmaking, acting, and late-night conversations

Jimmy Le

Jimmy Le (Branford ‘25)

Pronouns: he/him/his

Major: Prospective Cognitive Science / Ethnicity Race & Migration

Why AACC? Working at the AACC means honoring the student organizing that came before us, building collective power among Asian and Asian American students, and ultimately seeking liberation for Asian-identifying people everywhere, especially those who are low-income, queer, femme, and/or otherwise marginalized.

What’s your favorite food? My bà ngoại’s phở

What is your hobby (hobbies)? Singing, playing guitar, swimming in lakes