School Social Worker/Wellness Coordinator for SFUSD, Night-Relief Case Manager for CARC
M.S.W. Social Work. Individuals, Families and Groups, PPSC Credential-School
B.A. in Asian American Studies, SFSU, 2004
What was the best part of your experience in Asian American Studies at SFSU?
The best part of my experience with Asian American Studies was undoubtedly office hours with my AAS professors. It was during these times that I could proudly say that I was fortunate enough to get one-on-one face time with some truly extraordinary and amazing people who continuously surprise me with how wonderfully human they are.
How would you describe your personal, academic and/or professional growth, during your time as an Asian American Studies major/minor at SF State?
My transformation was life altering; it completely changed the trajectory of my life’s course.
What is something you learned in Asian American Studies at SFSU—a tip, a technique, a way of thinking—that you still use today?
What I learned in Asian American Studies is a healthy view for the role the contemporary Asian American plays in establishing solidarity alliances in collaboration with Black and Brown social justice movements. It was through AAS that I discovered revolutionary political and cultural connections between Asian Americans and other People of Color groups has always existed and in modern times is still very much intact!
Finish this sentence: In Asian American Studies at SF State, I discovered...
...knowledge of self and a love for my people that trumped a hatred for our oppressors.
Who was your most influential SFSU Asian American Studies professor and why?
Prof. Gonzales because his brilliant and highly critical mind taught me to question everything as well as be self-reflective of my own practice. He taught me the valuable lesson about the dangers of basing entire movements around icons, symbols and idolatry to the point where the movement loses sight of the people and the original goals. What I appreciate most about Gonzo is that we could be discussing a muscle car or the I-Hotel and no matter the topic, he’d always keep it one hundred.