Our Voices

re/present serves to highlight the voices and visibility of our Scholars. This blog would not be possible without their leadership and involvement! [Bios are accurate as of the dates referenced in brackets.]

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z



A [top]

  • Rakhi Agrawal (APIASF ‘10)
  • Ali Anwar (GMS ‘10)
  • Sadia Arshad (GMS ‘11) - /present Voice: April 2013
    Sadia Arshad is a rising sophomore student at Boston University, where she plans to study cognitive science and public health. [June 2012]
  • Allison Au (GMS ‘03)
    Allison Au is a Gates Scholars form the Class of 2003. Allison graduated from American University in 2007 and studied Finance and Biochemistry.  She completed her graduate studies in 2010 at the George Washington University, earning a Masters in Health Services and Administration. She currently works at the University of Minnesota Medical School in internal medicine. [January 2014]

B [top]

C [top]

  • Alison Chang (APIASF ‘11)
    Alison Chang is a third-year at USC who is a 2011 APIASF/USA Funds scholarship recipient. She is a 2013 OCA Intern, and served as a re/present blog correspondent at the 2013 APIASF Higher Education Summit. [June 2013]
  • Deborah Chang (GMS ‘06)
  • Linh Chuong (GMS ‘09) - /present Voice: December 2013
    Linh is a Yao Chinese-Vietnamese American born in Vietnam and raised in East LA. She goes to Hendrix College in Arkansas where she is a senior double majoring in Sociology and a self-designed Gender and Social Justice major. She has many diverse interests within social justice and community voice building, but also enjoys tea, goats, reading and good conversations. [August 2012]

D [top]

  • Lam-Ha Dang (GMS ‘08)
    Lam-Ha is a 2008 GMS Scholar who, in August 2012, graduated from the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. At UW, she earned a BS in Bioengineering and minor in Math but has broad interests in medicine, global health, philanthropy, and education. She is also an avid traveler, developing photographer, consumer of all forms of media, and loves a really good cup of coffee in the morning. [September 2012]
  • Ky Dau (APIASF ‘08)
  • Pauline Dong (GMS ‘11) - /present Voice: July 2013
    Pauline Dong is currently an undergraduate student at the University of California, Irvine who is a History Major and Educational Studies Minor. She is part of the Gates Millennium Scholars Class of 2011 and loves outreaching to different high schools on different educational topics. [May 2013]

G [top]

  • Mark E. Galiza (GMS ‘13)
    Mark Edison Galiza is from Kihei, Hawaii. He is a proud Gates Millennium Scholar from the Class of 2013. [June 2013]

H [top]

  • Uyen Ha (GMS ‘09)
  • Inoke Hafoka (GMS ‘04)
    Inoke is a Tongan American (Polynesian/Pacific Islander). Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from BYU and played football (2007) and rugby (2009-2011) during his time there. He is currently studying to earn a Masters degree in Education at the University of Utah. [December 2012]
  • Feli Anne Hipol (GMS ‘03)
    Feli Anne Hipol is a Gates Millennium Scholar. She recently graduated with her Master’s in Public Health from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is currently researching DrPH and PhD programs and plans on applying in Spring 2013. [November 2012]
  • Joanna Huang (APIASF ‘11) - /present Voice: November 2013
    Joanna Huang is a 2011 APIASF/Frances Sonn Nam Scholar and currently attends the University of California, San Diego. [May 2012]
  • Jennifer Huynh (GMS ‘12) - /present Voice: March 2014
    Jennifer Huynh is a 2012 APIASF/GMS Scholar attending Babson College in Babson Park, MA. She always loves to be of help and loves meeting new people. [November 2012]
  • Linda Huynh (GMS ‘09)
    Linda Huynh is a Gates Millennium Scholar from the class of 2009. She is currently doubling in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California. [July 2012]

I [top]

  • Iyleen Ismail (APIASF ‘06) - /present Voice: May 2013
    Iyleen Ismail recently graduated with her Masters in Public Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Since graduate school is now over, she has been enjoying reading books for fun and trying new recipes. [August 2012]

J [top]

K [top]

  • Shanawaj (Roy) Khair (GMS ‘12)
    Roy Khair is a 2012 APIASF/GMS Scholar. He is currently majoring in Pharmacology at Stony Brook University in New York. [January 2013]
  • Munmun Khan (GMS ‘09)
    Munmun Khan is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan studying International Studies and Community Action Social Change. She is passionate about social justice, global health and equity. Munmun has worked in Bangladesh, South Africa and Washington, D.C. on the promotion of education, human rights and poverty alleviation. At the University of Michigan she is an active leader on campus, and facilitator of dialogue on the inter-sectionality of social identities. [September 2013]
  • Brenda Khor (GMS ‘13) - /present Voice: March 2014
    Brenda Khor is very honored to have received the APIASF/GMS Scholarship in 2013. She attends The College of Wooster and will possibly double major in Mathematics and Education with a minor in Spanish. [October 2013]
  • Anne Y. Kim (GMS ‘04) - /present Voice: February 2013
    Anne is a Master of Science candidate at Harvard School of Public Health hailing from South Los Angeles. She is a 2004 Gates Millennium Scholar, who loves languages, and is passionately mitigating the human impacts of climate change. [November 2012]
  • Alexis Knaub (GMS ‘02)
    Alexis is a 2002 GMS Scholar. Currently, she is working on a doctorate at the School of Education at Boston University; she completed her B.A. in Physics at Smith College and her M.S. in Physics at DePaul University of Chicago. Being one of the older Scholars, she is very excited to meet more Alumni or graduate students and help support the Boston RSN, as well as help connect the various people in our rich community. [November 2012]

L [top]

  • Athena Lao (GMS ‘08)
  • Chou Lee (GMS ‘13)
    Chou Lee is a 2013 Gates Millennium Scholar who represents the Badgers (University of Wisconsin–Madison)! [October 2013]
  • Michelle Lee (GMS ‘12)
    Michelle Lee moved to Lincoln, Nebraska when she was twelve from South Korea. She is became a Gates Scholar in 2012 and is a member of the Class of 2016 at Wesleyan University (CT). She intends to major in Science in Society at Wesleyan with a concentration in Neuroscience. At Wesleyan, she is a member of the Asian American Student Coalition, Korean Student Association, University Organizing Center Committee, Usdan Center student manager, and Women of Color house resident. She hopes to blog about Asian American social issues in our society, various events/workshop opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and her GMS/APIASF experience. [April 2013]
  • Seungah Lee (GMS ‘08)
  • Chandra Legdesog (GMS ‘06) 
    Chandra is a  Gates Millennium Scholar from the class of 2006. She is currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, Africa as a Forestry Extension Agent and hopes to pursue a M.S. in Environmental Studies in the future. [January 2014]
  • Elaine Li (GMS ‘11)
  • Samson Lim (GMS ‘06)
    Samson Lim is a 2006 Gates Millennium Scholar and is currently pursuing his Masters of Education in Politics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Sam is also the Founder and Executive Director of Scholarship Junkies and spent the 2010-11 academic year in Berlin, Germany, as a U.S. Student Fulbright Scholar. When he’s not buried in grad school reading, Sam emerges every once in a while to highlight higher education and financial aid issues in 140 characters or less at @samsonxlim. [November 2012]
  • Mai Kou Lor (APIASF ‘10) - /present Voice: September 2013
    Mai Kou Lor is a rising junior at William Peace University (Peace College). She a recipient of the 2010 APIASF/FedEX Scholarship. [July 2012]
  • Kyle Lui (GMS ‘00)

M [top]

  • Pujan Mapchan (GMS ‘12)
    Pujan Mapchan is a 2012 Gates Scholar who is getting a BA in Sociology and planing to get an MA in International Public Health. For 16 years, she lived in a refugee camp not knowing whether they would survive the everyday. Now, being in the US has opened many doors and she feels very fortunate to be getting her education. [December 2013]

N [top]

  • Maria Nadeem (GMS ‘13)
    Maria Nadeem is a Gates Scholar attending the University of Tulsa. She grew up in Tulsa, attended Jenks High School and is now going to TU studying Biochemisty with minors in Psychology and Marketing. [October 2013]
  • Andy C. Ng (GMS ‘11) - /present Voice: June 2013
    Andy Ng is currently a sophomore at New York University, majoring in English Literature with a double-minor in Global and Urban Education Studies & Social Entrepreneurship. He is an aspiring writer, art director and future Secretary of Education. Andy will begin interning with College For Every Student this Fall and is a proud member of the GMS Class of 2011. [July 2012]
  • Jenny Pingling Ng (GMS ‘01) - /present Voice: February 2014
    Jenny Pingling Ng is a recipient of the 2001 APIASF/Gates Millennium Scholars award. She recieved her Bachelors in 2005 from St. John’s University in Biology and Minor in Photography, and then went on to get her Masters in Clinical Nutrition from NYIT in 2007. She founded Eternal Love Crafts and Photography in May 2005 and is the current CEO. Her company consists of two sub-divisions: Eternal Love Crafts & Cakes (specializing in desserts & crafts) and Jenny Ng Photography (specializing in special occasion photography). Currently, she works as a Clinical Dietitian Nutritionist and is a member of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, among other affiliations. In addition, she works as a Professional Photographer, Crafts Extraordinaire, and Events Planner in her spare time. You can learn more about Jenny and connect with her on her website. [November 2013]
  • Lily Ng (GMS ‘04)
  • Michelle Ikelau Ngirbabul (GMS ‘12)
    Hafa Adai and Tirow Wami! Michelle Ngirbabul is a 2012 APIASF/GMS recipient. She is currently a freshman at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. [October 2012]
  • Kathryn Ngo (GMS ‘12)
    Kathryn Ngo is a 2012 GMS/APIASF Scholar. She is currently attending UC Riverside majoring in Pre-Business. She is from the heart of Orange County, born and raised! [September 2013]
  • Amelia Nguyen (GMS ‘07)
  • Charles Nguyen (GMS ‘08)
    Charles Nguyen is a Coolidge Otis Chapman Honors Scholar at the University of Puget Sound and is majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He is passionate about global health, medicine, and issues affecting AAPIs. He is part of the Class of 2008 Gates Millennium Scholars. [July 2012]
  • Duyen Nguyen (APIASF ‘12)
    Duyen received the 2012 APIASF/Toyota Foundation Scholarship. She is a freshman at UCLA majoring in biochemistry, and she wants to become a pharmacist. She is attempting to do business, as well. [January 2013]
  • Ngan Nguyen (GMS ‘13)
    Ngan Nguyen received the 2013 APIASF/GMS scholarship. She is a first-generation college student at Macalester College who plans on double majoring in Educational Studies and Sociology with a hopeful concentration in Global/Public Health. [October 2013]
  • Thu Nguyen (GMS ‘11)

O [top]

  • Evelyn Obamos (GMS ‘08) - /present Voice: August 2013
    Filipino material, made on Guam and moved to Hawaii. Evelyn is currently a student at the University of San Francisco, finishing up two majors in Media Studies and Education (MA ‘13) and minors in Philippine Studies and Music. Check out her portfolio and/or connect with her at evelynobamos.com! [August 2012]
  • Eesim Oon (APIASF ‘12)
    Eesim Oon is originally from Malaysia and is a 2012 APIASF/Wells Fargo scholarship recipient. She is currently a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill learning more about life every day. [February 2013]

P [top]

  • Joshua Park (APIASF ‘13)
    Joshua Park is a recipient of the APIASF Scholarship for the class of 2013. He is currently studying for a degree in Accounting at the University of Southern California. [October 2013]
  • Jamie Peng (APIASF ‘12)
    Jamie Peng received the 2012 APIASF/Coca-Cola Foundation Scholarship and now attends Colorado College as a first-year undergraduate student. She spent last year writing for her city’s newspaper, Temple City Life. [November 2012]
  • Phong Phan (GMS ‘00)

S [top]

  • Yian Saechao (APIASF ‘11)
  • Nasreen Shad (GMS ‘10)
    Nasreen Shad is currently a junior at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She is studying International Politics with a concentration in International Politics and has been a proud member of the APIASF Gates Class of 2010. [September 2012]
  • Abhinav Sharma (APIASF ‘12)
    Abhinav “Abhi” Sharma is a junior at Emory University and is set to graduate in 2014 with a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. After college, he plans to pursue MD and PhD degrees, to combine his passion for science and his fascination with the human body. [August 2012]
  • Aishwarya Sharma (APIASF ‘12)
    Aishwarya Sharma received the APIASF/Coca-Cola Foundation scholarship in 2012. She is a finance major at Rutgers University and participates in community service, the resident hall association, and several business clubs. [November 2012]
  • Seataoaifalenaoti “Seata” Shyon (GMS ‘09) - /present Voice: January 2014
    Seata is a Senior at Smith College and is majoring in Anthropology. She was born in American Samoa and raised in Hawai’i. Later, she moved to San Francisco where Seata graduated from the June Jordan School for Equity. Seata has been a part of student-led boards, councils and committees working with Asian American and Pacific Islander groups, as well as other minority groups, in order to create a more equitable society. She believes that there are pressing public issues and they cannot be addressed without the voice of the people impacted by them…when it comes to uplifting disadvantaged communities it is an “all hands on deck” matter! [August 2012]
  • Chinsin Sim (APIASF ‘11)
    Chinsin Sim is a first-generation college student, and a previous 2011 APIASF/United Health Foundation scholarship recipient. He is currently a second year at the University of California, Davis pursuing a bachelors of arts in Communication with minors in Contemporary Leadership and Professional Writing. Following graduation, he wants to find a career in the public relations, advertising, or marketing industry. [April 2013]
  • Ram Siwakoti (GMS ‘11)
    Ram Siwakoti was born in Bhutan, spent most of his childhood and youth in eastern Nepal, and currently resides in Clarkston, Georgia. He is a rising sophomore at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he is planning to major in Chemical Engineering (with Pre-Medicine) and minor in International Affairs. Ram’s native language is Nepali. He enjoys volunteering, reading newspapers and non-fiction, forest-walking, playing badminton, listening to Beatles, and learning to speak Hindi and Urdu. [August 2012]

T [top]

  • Lan T. (GMS ‘05)
    Lan is a GMS/APIASF Scholar, year 2005. She is currently a first year doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center, studying plant sciences. This will be her first blog experience and she is excited! [October 2013]
  • Nhat Thai (GMS ‘’13)
    Nhat Thai is a 2013 Gates Millennium Scholar and a UCLA student majoring in biology. His goal is to become a pediatrician so that he is able to save children’s lives. He loves corgis, eating, and sleeping. Nhat is a very friendly and energetic person who loves to meet people and help others. [January 2014]
  • Tydus Thai (GMS ‘09)
    Tydus Thai is a third-year Biological Sciences & Sociology undergraduate at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Representing the Class of 2009 Gates Millennium Scholars, he serves as a Campus Based Leader for the Gates Millennium Scholars (chapter) at UCI. Tydus is currently interning at the Men’s Health Network in Washington, DC. [May 2012]
  • Gao Thao (GMS ‘10) - /present Voice: January 2013
    Gao is currently a junior at the University of St. Thomas with a double major in Social Work & Justice and Peace Studies. She decided to go into both fields because this is where her passion and strengths lie, and she believes in people power. [December 2012]
  • Tanya Thomas (GMS ‘11)
    Tanya Thomas is currently a junior at the University of Georgia majoring in Exercise and Sport Science and minoring in Nutrition Science. She plans to pursue a career in Physical Therapy after she graduates in 2015. The Gates Millennium Scholars Program has been a great experience for her, and she feels blessed to have been selected as a recipient in 2011! [October 2013]
  • Aroona Toor (GMS ‘10)
    Aroona Toor was awarded the APIASF/GMS scholarship in 2010. She is currently a student at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. Aroona blogs at thejourneyichose.wordpress.com. [November 2012]
  • Courtney Tran (APIASF ‘07)
  • Jacqueline Tran (APIASF ‘11)
    Jacqueline Tran is a 2011 APIASF Scholar and currently attends Pomona College. She is majoring in Public Policy Analysis with a concentration in Chemistry. She is also a part of the Pomona-Pitzer Swim and Dive Team. [August 2013]
  • Jennifer Tran (APIASF ‘07)
  • Kathy Tran (GMS ‘13)
    Kathy Tran is a 2013 APIASF/GMS Scholar from Santa Ana, California. She currently attends Los Amigos High School, but is going to study Political Science at Berkeley in the Fall. She loves swimming and being out in the outdoors. She also loves meeting other community organizers that have a passion for social justice! [May 2013]
  • Ha Truong (GMS ‘13)
    Ha Truong is a 2013 Gates Millennium Scholar and a current freshman at the University of Georgia studying Biology and English. She is a proud advocate for the arts and higher education and hopes that her posts on re/present will provide insight and inspiration for those who wish to go to college or are currently in college. [November 2013]
  • Kevin Truong (GMS ‘13)
    Kevin Truong is a 2013 GMS/APIASF Scholar from Portland, Oregon. He will be attending the University of Portland as a biology major. He is currently interning with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon to help ensure rights for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Oregon. He is also happy to help any GMS applicant work on their application. [July 2013]
  • Lucy Truong (APIASF ‘11)
    Lucy Truong is a Chinese American 2011 APIASF/Verizon Foundation Scholar. Currently back home in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County, Lucy graduated from University of California, San Diego in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and minors in Art History and Chinese Studies. During her spare time, Lucy enjoys photography, attending concerts, connecting with other progressive Asian Americans, and learning about diasporic communities. [December 2013]
  • Kevin Tugruwfaimaw (APIASF ‘08)
    Kevin Tugruwfaimaw is a 2008 APIASF Scholar and the Associate Director of the Coalition of Asian Pacific American Studies (CAPAS) at Portland State University (PSU). He is a senior at PSU majoring in Business Leadership and Management. [July 2013]

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  • Tiffany Vang (GMS ‘09) - /present Voice: March 2013
    In 2009, Tiffany was awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship, and is currently attending the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. Tiffany loves to blog about current events and her travels on her personal blog. [November 2012]
  • Christine Vo (GMS ‘12) - /present Voice: October 2013
    Christine Vo is a proud 2012 APIASF/Gates Millennium Scholar from the little town of Laurel, Mississippi. She is currently a freshmen at the University of Houston and is majoring in Chemistry. She loves meeting new people, being involved in her community, and helping others reach their full potential! [November 2012]
  • Johnny Vong (GMS ‘00)

W [top]

  • Kathy Wang (GMS ‘10)
    Kathy Wang is a rising junior at Harvard College concentrating in Government and seeking a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. She is a proud member of the APIASF/GMS 2010 community. [July 2012]

Y [top]

  • Kaity L. Yang (GMS ‘06)
    Kaity L. Yang is a Gates/APIASF scholar from the Class of 2006. She earned in BA in English from the University of Virginia in 2010 and is on track to graduate in May 2014 with her M.Ed in Student Affairs in Higher Education also from the University of Virginia. Feel free to connect with me on http://www.linkedin.com/in/kaity/ [April 2014]
  • Rebecca Yee (APIASF ‘09)
    Rebecca is recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who majored in Biology. This fall, she will be attending Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health to get a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology. She has conducted lab research throughout her undergrad years, on campus and also through summer internships at different universities. Her goal is to eventually work in the pharmaceutical industry to engage in Research & Development, with side interests in life science consulting and science writing. [June 2013]
  • Varaxy Yi (GMS ‘03)
    Varaxy is a 2003 GMS Scholar. Her focus is in libraries, higher education, and the Cambodian community. She will attend University of Hawaii at Manoa in Fall 2012 to pursue her PhD. She blogs at varaxy.wordpress.com. [July 2012]
  • Jisu Yoo (GMS ‘11)
  • Nathan Yoo (APIASF ‘13)
    Nathan is an APIASF/BBCN Bank scholarship recipient and a member of the Class of 2017 at Princeton University. He intends to study psychology or public policy, with emphases in education and youth development. He also enjoys creative writing, making mix CD’s, working and nurturing high school age youth, and the teachings and ideas of Ralph Waldo Emerson. [June 2013]

Z [top]

  • Faiza Zafar (GMS ‘08)
  • Jackie Zhang (GMS ‘13)
    Jackie Zhang is a 2013 APIASF/GMS Scholar. He currently attends the University of California, Davis and is majoring in Computer Science Engineering. [September 2013]
  • Christopher Zou (APIASF ‘09)
    Christopher Zou is a graduating senior at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, double majoring in Film & Television Production and Asian/Pacific/American Studies. He is an APIASF/Sodexo Scholar from 2009 and a proud native of Queens, NY.