Central to my professional goals is the promotion of diversity in higher education. My service efforts are centered on a commitment to encourage the development of an inclusive environment. As a woman of color, I am dedicated to mentoring students of color for university success. My experiences within and beyond the academy reflect my role as an active university citizen and community member, particularly in areas related to diversity and inclusion.
Please find a summary of my university service below. For more information concerning my service to the profession/community, please click here. If you’re interested in learning about my service accomplishments at previous institutions, please click here. For a detailed list of my service, please view my CV.
Grand Valley State University
The service work that I engage in at the university, college, department, and community/professional levels reflect the intersection of my pedagogy and research. Supporting the institution at a micro- and macro- level also reflects how I extend my service to the profession and community. My cumulative service record demonstrates the extension of my pedagogical and scholarly interests in supporting underrepresented communities and a commitment to participate in academic leadership roles. This work reflects my long-term service goals of serving as a leader and mentor in engendering change and transforming diversity and inclusion efforts.
My involvement with East Asian Studies/Asian American Studies is not limited to the development of the 300-level “Asian American Experiences” course. I was appointed to the Brooks College East Asian Studies Program Task Force and served on the Event Planning Committee for the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration. As part of my involvement with the Asian Faculty and Staff Association, I facilitated a discussion laboratory titled, “Finding Asian American Studies and Asian Americans in Higher Education,” at the 2016 FTLC Fall Teaching and Learning Conference. Illustrating my dedication to connect Asian American Studies and Ethnic Studies with other disciplines was my role coordinating Jeffrey Chang’s 2017 Fall Arts Celebration Academic Lecture. More broadly, addressing the need to build faculty and staff competencies concerning Asian Americans, FTLC granted me faculty associate status and invited me to develop the short course, “Histories of Asian Americans in the US,” as well as facilitate a discussion based on the module. Recently, I became co-chair of the Asian Student Initaitive, a program focused on Asian American recruitment and retention, with Connie Dang.
I am actively involved in university and college life. Currently, I serve as the Brooks College representative to the University Curriculum committee. I previously served on the Intercultural Training Certificate Advisory Board, Digital Studies Task Force, and as the Brooks College representative to the General Education committee. Work on the Task Force comprised of crafting and submitting the Digital Studies minor and course proposals through the SAIL system. My work on the Brooks College Faculty Council exemplifies my interest in supporting the work of units as it relates to the College mission to “cultivate engaged global citizens through innovative interdisciplinary programs and diverse community partnerships.” Contributions to the college also include my appointment to the Brooks College Guidelines on Community-Based Learning Task Force.
Furthermore, my commitment to mentoring is demonstrated in my interest in learning from my colleagues across the university. This is evidenced by my participation in the following FTLC programs: Peer-to-Peer Faculty Mentoring Program (2015-2016), First-Year Faculty Mentoring program (2014-2015), Applying the Wisdom of Remarkable Women Leaders retreat (2014), and the Strengths Based Leadership Teaching Circle (2014-2015). I also organized two Teaching Circles, co-organized one Teaching Circle, and one Faculty Learning Community.
Engaging the university community reflects my investment in supporting undergraduate students. Best illustrating this engagement is my annual participation as an invited presenter at the Asian Student Union’s annual R.I.C.E. (Realizing and Addressing Issues in our Culture and Education) Conference. From 2015-2017 I presented at the annual Teach In: Power, Privilege, and Difficult Dialogue. Moreover, my overall commitment to mentoring students of color and underrepresented students for success is seen in my work supervising students enrolled in the Honors College on their senior theses with the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program as a mentor to Dionna Cheatham. For information on advising and mentoring, click here.