Center Staff

Head Coordinators

 

Kayley Estoesta

Kayley Estoesta (Pierson ‘21)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Undeclared

Hometown/Birthplace: Orlando, FL

Why AACC? Because everyone needs community and I’ve found mine here. And I want to do all that I can to include others in it and make it a place where they can find support in their causes and alliances for their issues.

Favorite place in the entire world: Right now, the Kamogawa River in Kyoto

Favorite AACC Event? Just all of them

Richard Hwang

Richard Hwang (Berkeley ‘20)

Pronouns: he/him/his

Major: Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology & Film and Media Studies 

Hometown/Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio

Why AACC: Creating a welcoming space and environment for the Asian and Asian American community to call home is what contentment looks like.

Go-to music artist: Tone Stith/Daniel Caesar/Frank Ocean

Graduate Assistants

 

 Chandra Couzens

Chandra Couzens

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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

Hometown/Birthplace: San Jose, CA

Why AACC? As a new graduate student moving across the country, I applied because I was searching for a community at Yale!

Favorite place in the entire world? Dolores Park or Muir Woods in San Francisco 

Jacinda Tran

Jacinda Tran

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; 3rd Year Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies

Hometown/Birthplace: Delaware

Why AACC? For me, academic work feels futile if I’m not able to bring it into the community. The AACC seems to bridge the two for me. As a scholar of Asian American Studies, I hope to be able to apply and grapple with some of the challenges in academia on the community level through my involvement with the AACC.

Favorite class taken at Yale: US Urban History with Mary Lui

Favorite AACC Event? G&P Cultural Crawl

Janet Yim

Janet Yim

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Yale School of Public Health ’19: Social & Behavioral Sciences

Hometown/Birthplace: Houston, TX

Why AACC? College served as a pivotal time in which my ethnic identity became salient to my understanding of my upbringing, who I was becoming, and who I would never be. I spent the majority of my time advocating for the undergrads back at UT Austin as well as serving heavily in Epic Movement, an Asian American Christian campus ministry. Coming to Yale, I wanted to continue advocating for students and serving the Asian American community, and the AACC seemed like the perfect place to do so. My first year at YSPH, I was the GA of the Mental Health and Wellness Pod (now the Lifestyle & Mental Health team), and the experience truly blew me away. The deep histories and synergies of and between the many identities under the umbrella term “Asian American” opened my world in ways I hadn’t previously had exposure to. I’m here in my 2nd year as a GA to continue being a learner whilst engaging and collaborating with the various Asian American students and faculty here at Yale.

Favorite Candy/Snack: HOT CHEETOS but always with chopsticks

Favorite AACC Event? Dinner & Conversation w/Dr. Dora Wang, MD on Asian American identity, mental health, & stigma w/ good, good Cantonese food

Alumni Engagement

 

Agnes Enkhtamir

Agnes Enkhtamir (Saybrook ‘19)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: English

Hometown/Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada/Erdenet, Mongolia

Why AACC? I really feel at home in spaces that welcome everyone, like the AACC does.

Favorite class taken at Yale? World English Literature taught by Steph Newell 

Rocky Lam

Rocky Lam (Jonathan Edwards ‘20)

Pronouns: he/him/his

Major: Sociology and Spanish

Hometown/Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY

Why AACC? It is one of the spaces where I feel comfortable fully expressing myself.

Favorite class taken at Yale: Spanish Creative Writing

Favorite AACC Event? Welcome Back BBQ!

Rohan Angadi

Rohan Angadi (Davenport ‘21)

Pronouns: he/him/his

Major: Economics and Math

Hometown/Birthplace: Clovis, NM

Why AACC? I wanted to learn more about my own identity as an South Asian student while also helping others learn more about themselves. I think the AACC is a place where all ideas are accepted, and I absolutely love learning from that type of atmosphere.

Favorite place in the entire world? Hometown Tennis Courts: grew up in rural NM and have many fond memories of those courts

Favorite AACC Event? Intercultural First-Year Dinner

Civic & Political Engagement

 

Alissa Ji

Alissa Ji (Pierson ‘20)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Statistics & Data Science and Economics

Hometown/Birthplace: Marietta, GA

Why AACC? I love the community and wonderful people!

Favorite class taken at Yale? An art history class called Material & Meaning in Ancient America

Favorite AACC Event? Senior Stories!

 

 

Vanessa Zhang

Vanessa Zhang (Branford ‘21)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Economics

Hometown/Birthplace: Lexington, MA

Why AACC? The AACC community is so strong and supportive and I love being a part of helping other students enrich their cultural experiences on campus.

Favorite place in the entire world? Xiabancheng, a tiny town in Hebei province, China– my dad’s hometown!

Communications & Graphic Design

 

Katharine Li

Katharine Li (Franklin ‘21)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Music/Art

Hometown/Birthplace: Plainsboro, NJ

Why AACC? My best friend/roommate is going to be a PL this year, and my friend Janis recommended that I apply for the graphic design team.

Go-to music artist? Marian Anderson and Frank Ocean

Ryan Tsedevsuren

Ryan Tsedevsuren (Timothy Dwight ‘21)

Pronouns: he/him/his

Major: Undeclared

Hometown/Birthplace: Seattle, WA

Why AACC? I really love the space that the AACC provides the Asian/Asian-American community on campus. I think that it plays an important role in bringing together minority groups at Yale. Also, it is just a fun space to be in and get work done.

Go-to music artist? Anderson Paak

Vicky Wu

Vicky Wu (Pierson ‘21)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Architecture + Environmental Studies

Hometown/Birthplace: New York, NY

Why AACC? Because we all need a place to explore and (re)connect with this part of our identity while at Yale.

Favorite class taken at Yale? American Architecture and Urbanism

Historians

 

Heeral McGhee

Heeral McGhee (Trumbull ‘20)

Pronouns: he/him/his

Major: Ethics Politics and Economics

Hometown/Birthplace: Americus, GA

Why AACC? I’ve found a home/community at the AACC that I want to be a part of

Favorite class taken at Yale? Long Civil Rights Movement

Lillian Hua

Lillian Hua (Silliman ‘21)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Economics and Ethnicity, Race, & Migration

Hometown/Birthplace: Chicago, IL

Why AACC? Where do I even begin?

Favorite place in the entire world? Along the Spree in Berlin, Bund in Shanghai, or behind the Shedd Aquarium along the bike trail facing Lake Michigan in Chicago

Sohum Pal

Sohum Pal (Branford ‘20)

Pronouns: he/him or they/them

Major: History

Hometown/Birthplace: San Luis Obispo, CA

Why AACC? I’ve been working on trying to build a politically engaged community from student groups for the last two years. While I’ve had some success, I think the networks and infrastructure of the AACC will help me further that community goal.

Favorite class taken at Yale? French Literature in a Global Context (Freshman seminar)

Lifestyle & Mental Health

 

Ellie Shang

Ellie Shang (Silliman ‘20)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Applied Math

Hometown/Birthplace: Scarsdale, NY

Why AACC? Why…not AACC?

Favorite place in the entire world? My bed. Is that too cliché? I also really like anywhere with mountains

Kevin Chen

Kevin Chen (Silliman ‘21)

Pronouns: he/him/his

Major: Ethnicity, Race & Migration and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Hometown/Birthplace: Farmingdale, NY

Why AACC? Growing up in an overwhelmingly white suburbia, I have never gotten the opportunity to interact with the Asian American community – instead, I pushed my identity out in an effort to conform to my American peers. Working at the AACC grants me an opportunity to reconnect with my roots, and to work in the midst of other Asian Americans that may have similar experiences to those of mine. In an effort to continue probing and forming my identity, one that I am just now beginning to critically navigate, the AACC is the perfect backdrop for me to do just that.

Favorite class taken at Yale? Race & Radical Self-Love, History of Sexuality

Minh Vu

Minh Vu (Silliman ‘20)

Pronouns: he/him/his

Major: English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Hometown/Birthplace: Atlantic City, NJ

Why AACC? The center is a physical as well as symbolic manifestation of both resistance and resilience through which the space can persist itself, its relevance, and its commitment to both its students and the larger New Haven community.

Go-to music artist? Billie Eilish

Favorite AACC Event? Collaboration with LETS for the Wellness Day Conference

First-Year Liaisons

 

Eileen Huang

Eileen Huang (Timothy Dwight ‘22)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Undeclared

Hometown/Birthplace: Holmdel, NJ

Why AACC? I love the AACC because it’s a space where I can find a welcoming community and explore my own cultural identity. I’m so thrilled to serve as a First-Year Liaison!

Go-To Music Artist: Mitski

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Herman Peng (Hopper ‘22)

Pronouns: he/him/his

Major: EPE/Political Science/Philosophy

Hometown/Birthplace: San Francisco, CA (Millbrae, CA)

Why AACC? I believe in the mission and I want the Asian-American community to be a strong part of my college life.

Favorite Candy/Snacks: Chocolate almonds