Leadership

The AACC is affiliated with the Yale College Dean’s Office, located at 55 Whitney Ave, 2nd Floor. This Office supports the Center and its affiliated student organizations. 

AACC Director/Assistant Dean of Yale College

Joliana Yee (She|Her|Hers)

Joliana Yee’s tenure as Director of the Asian American Cultural Center at Yale began in January 2018. Prior to joining the AACC staff, Dean Yee served as a Residence Hall Director at the University of Connecticut for four years where she worked closely with campus partners to create an inclusive and equitable living and learning environment. Dean Yee’s dedication to serving Asian/Asian American students and striving for social justice stems from her re-racialization experiences as an Asian international undergraduate student at Miami University over a decade ago. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Dean Yee is a first-generation college student who earned her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University and her B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Miami University. Dean Yee is also currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. Her dissertation focuses on highlighting student affairs practice that cultivates the critical consciousness development of Asian/Asian American college students. She also currently serves as Co-Chair for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ (NASPA) Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community (APIKC).

AACC Assistant Director

 Sheraz Iqbal (He|Him|His)

Sheraz Iqbal started his tenure as the Assistant Director of the Asian American Cultural Center in July 2017. Sheraz was born in Pakistan and grew up in Long Island, NY. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at Ithaca College and his master’s degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education at the University of Florida. Sheraz is a first-generation college student, trailblazing into a career in Student Affairs and Higher Education. He has served in various roles in the field working in residence life, orientation, leadership and service, and multicultural engagement. His work with Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) students includes serving as the Chair of Assessment at the University of Florida’s Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs where he did assessment and research on ways to create more inclusivity for the center. Additionally, he is involved with ACPA-American College Personnel Association and serves as the Community Engagement Chair for the Asian Pacific American Network (APAN).