Front, left to right: Jeff Alton, Norman Chen, Liz Thomson
Back, left to right: Shravya Nadella, Maimuna Sayyeda, Elvin Chan, and Kim Navoa
AARCC Professional Staff 2013-2014
Learn more about AARCC's Director Transition that is taking place during the 2013-14 academic year.
Elizabeth (Liz) Anh Thomson , Interim Director
Phone: 312-413-7696 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Passionate about working with students, Liz has worked in higher education, student leadership, campus programs, gender and sexuality, and diversity for over 15 years. She is conscious of multiple identities, agency, privilege, and power. Liz identifies as a cisgender, bisexual, female, Vietnamese adoptee raised in the Midwest. Since the early 90s, Liz has been involved in various Chicago and National lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally (LGBTQA) and Asian American communities such as the Invisible to Invincible (i2i): API Pride of Chicago, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum – Chicago Chapter, Apna Ghar, Transformative Justice Law Project, Leadership Center for Asian Pacific Americans, and the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander. She earned her M.A., in Women and Gender Studies at Roosevelt University.
Jeffrey Alton, Visiting Associate Director
Phone: 312-413-9653 Email: email@example.com
Jeffrey oversees the Asian American Mentor Program (AAMP), creates, implements, and assesses programming and workshops that focus on the Asian American experience, and advises student organizations. He comes to UIC from his alma mater, the University of Connecticut, where he worked at the Asian American Cultural Center focusing on alumni development and grantwriting. Prior to working at UConn, he was the Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs at the University of Georgia. Jeffrey is a second-generation multiracial Filipino American, who grew up in Connecticut.
Chan, Assistant Director
Phone: 312-413-9569 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elvin manages the administrative side of AARCC which includes finances, technology, and upkeep of our space and resources. He also develops ways to connect UIC students, staff, and faculty with Chicago's Asian communities such as volunteer and educational programs. He brings his experience from Northwestern University's Undergraduate Leadership Program to AARCC's Student Organization Leadership Retreat and advising the Student Organization Council. Elvin is a second-generation Chinese American and grew up in a suburb of Buffalo, New York.
AARCC Student Staff 2013-2014
Norman Chen , Student Organizations Outreach Coordinator
Norman is a fifth-year student at UIC, currently completing a victory lap with a double major in economics and English. He is responsible for communicating with the Asian American student organizations on campus on behalf of AARCC. If you are interested in learning more about student organizations or getting in touch with the AARCC’s resources for organizations, please email him. In his spare time, Norman likes to write blogs, play video games such as League of Legends, and sports! He spends most of his time either sleeping or at AARCC, where he is most likely to be found.
Shravya Nadella, Community Outreach Coordinator
Shravya is currently a fourth year student majoring in psychology. This is her second year working as the AARCC’s Community Outreach Coordinator, where she hopes she can meet a lot of new students interested in getting involved with the Asian American communities in Chicago! In her free time, she explores Chicago with friends, practices
yoga, volunteers, and bakes - she loves to eat (note: she’s vegetarian, so please tell her about any good veggie restaurants in the Chicago area). Shravya looks forward to meeting some amazing people this year, so don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with her anytime.
Kim Navoa, Publications Coordinator
Kim is in her fifth year at UIC and first year as a member of the staff at
AARCC. She’s a photography major and Asian American Studies minor.
Kim has been involved in the Asian American community on campus,
having served as a peer mentor in the Asian American Mentor Program
for three years and as on the executive board of Asian American
Students in Alliance. In her free time, she takes photographs, reads,
goes out to eat, uses Tumblr, and volunteers around the city.
Maimuna Sayyeda, AAMP Graduate Assistant
Maimuna is currently a second year student in the School of Public
Health, concentrating in Health Policy and Administration and the
Graduate Assistant for the AARCC’s renowned Asian American
Mentoring Program (AAMP). She is enjoying her new landscape as she
moved from California to Chicago last year after earning her Bachelor of
Arts in biology and political science. In her free time, she loves walking
and reading food blogs. She looks forward to meeting everyone and
helping center visitors in any way she can!