Hometown: Born in Seoul, South Korea - Grew up in Roseville, MN.
Education: Undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota: strategic communication major, business management and political science double minor; Graduate studies at the University of Maryland: counseling and college student personnel
Aeriel joined the Office of Pluralism and Leadership in August of 2013. Prior to Dartmouth, Aeriel spent a year consulting internationally on issues of identity and diversity in higher education. Before her time abroad, Aeriel supported students of color at Georgetown University, through her work in the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access. Deeply committed to the advancement of and advocacy for Pan Asian communities, Aeriel has taught, facilitated, and presented nationally on issues facing Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) college student populations. Additionally, Aeriel is currently serving a fourth term on the Asian Pacific American Network Leadership Team for the American College Personnel Association. Aeriel is passionate about fostering individual, academic, social, cultural, and leadership development for APIDA college students and is excited to lead OPASA in it's important work in the Dartmouth community. If you'd like to schedule an appointment with Aeriel, please email her at email@example.com. Aeriel also holds open drop-in hours every Wednesday from 3-5 pm.
Hometown: Born in Los Angeles, CA - Raised in Hilo, HI
Major: Astronomy and Physics double major
Campus Involvements: Astronomy Research for Physics and Astronomy Department, Dartmouth Asian Organization (DAO), Agape Christian Fellowship, Mosaic, Hokupa'a (Dartmouth Hawaii Club)
Devin is a multiethnic, multigenerational Asian-American student, and these aspects of his identity have played a significant role in his Dartmouth experience. The Pan Asian community has had a tremendously positive effect on him throughout the years. As an OPASA intern, Devin hopes to foster discussions about identity in Dartmouth's diverse Pan Asian community and find intersectionality with other Dartmouth communities. Outside of PAC, Devin enjoys learning about the Universe through astronomy classes and research. He also loves paddleboarding, especially back home in Hawaii.
Advice to First-Year Students: "While it is important to maintain focus, be sure to have fun as well. Your years at Dartmouth will fly by faster than you can ever imagine."
Hometown: New York, NY
Major: Government and Film and Media Studies double major
Minor: Chinese Language and Literature
Campus Involvements: Chinese Language House, Dartmouth Asian Organization (DAO), Dartmouth Chinese Culture Society (DCCS), The Dartmouth
Gavin is a first-generation Chinese American born and raised in Manhattan's Chinatown. In spite of his ethnic background, he only started learning Mandarin Chinese at Dartmouth and has only been to China three times, the last trip being Dartmouth's foreign study program in Beijing. Gavin has been involved in the Pan Asian community in various capacities as vice president of DCCS, Pan Asian Council representative for DAO, and teaching Chinese to kids in the Upper Valley. Gavin is interested in Asian American history, culture, and politics. He looks forward to engaging with students in the Pan Asian community and helping draw connections between larger social historical issues and personal identity. At Dartmouth, he freelance photographs and lives in the Chinese Language House.
Advice to First-Year Students: "Many people ask how I chose my majors. It was pretty simple – they were areas of study where I could envision myself spending a year just reading about the topics and enjoying it."
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Campus Involvements: Korean Students Association (KSA), Language In Motion, Sigma Delta Sorority
Sophie is a third culture kid technically from Seoul, South Korea but with a number of other places that she also calls home. Due to her international background, she loves getting to know new cultures and new people. On any given day, you can expect to find her pondering with a friend about how to be whole with one's authentic self. At Dartmouth, she has been involved with the Korean Students Association in varying degrees since her freshman fall, but her engagement with the broader Pan Asian community began when she served as the Pan Asian Council representative of KSA. She is incredibly thankful for the leadership opportunities and the welcoming network of mentors and friends she has met through PAC and the Pan Asian women's group, and she hopes to recreate the same such platforms for dialogue for the Pan Asian community this year.
Advice to First-Year Students: "It is okay to live by what you think is right, even in the face of pressure to be agreeable and to conform."
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Advice to First-Year Students: "There is no singular or linear 'Dartmouth Experience' – take ownership of your experience."
Last Updated: 10/10/13