The Asian Student Union and the Asian American Studies 2016 graduates and their families had the distinct privilege of having San Francisco City Supervisor and State Senate candidate Jane Kim as the keynote speaker at the graduation banquet held on May 29, 2016.
Her message was inspirational laced with her own personal experience as an Asian American Studies graduate from Stanford University. She humorously recalled being asked by her father what she would do with this major. Prior to serving on the Board of Supervisors, she served as a Community Organizer at Chinatown Community Development Center, a Civil Rights Attorney at Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and a Policy Fellow at the Greenlining Institute. She was also elected to the San Francisco Board of Education and served as President
Jane Kim further stated that being an Asian American studies major and graduate has continually brought meaning in her service to others from her first job as a community organizer to her present work as an elected city supervisor in San Francisco. She concluded her speech to the graduates and their families:
To the San Francisco State University Asian American studies graduates and their families. There is a career ahead of you. It will be a meaningful one. Congratulations to you and your families. I look forward to the work you will do.