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Professional Staff

Peter Limthongviratn (he/him)

SEIP Manager, Leadership and Education

Originally from Chicago, Peter is a 2nd generation Thai American who strives to cultivate supportive environments for marginalized students to reflect upon their roots, identities, and agency. Peter served as the inaugural Associate Director for the Asian Pacific American Resource Center at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, where he co-created the new cultural center and implemented new AANAPISI initiatives focused on nurturing a sense of belonging, college success, and storytelling. Peter also volunteered to serve on the leadership committee for the AAPID Faculty and Staff Association and served as the Executive Director of the Midwest APIDA Students Union, where he worked on annual conferences for 1500+ APIDA students.

Prior to UMN, Peter served as the Coordinator for Social Justice Education at Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis, where he worked on large scale educational events and assisted in the expansion of the Social Justice Scholars program, which trained students to coordinate social justice programs. Peter received his undergraduate education at Northwestern University with a B.A. in Biological Sciences and minor in Asian American Studies. He then received his M.Ed. in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago.  In his spare time, Peter is a big nerd, a kid at heart, and is a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars. He loves photography, trying out new foodie scenes, playing Destiny 2 and self-teaching himself random things from YouTube (recently learned how to solve a Rubik’s Cube).

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Alice Loc (she/her)

APASS Center Supervisor

Alice Loc (she/her) is a first-generation college graduate, earning their Bachelor’s from Washington State University and their Masters in Communication & Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University.During their undergrad Alice was a student ambassador leading campus tours, helped with admission’s recruitment, and coordinated new student orientation. Additionally, Alice was also involved with the student government. As a grad student, Alice had advised a student activities board and served as a graduate residence director. For the past 6+ years as a Student Affairs Professional, Alice had previously been supporting student organizations and clubs serving as a student government advisor and most recently transition to API Student Services.Alice strive to serve as an advisor, mentor, and most importantly an advocate to help cultivate and create spaces for a sense of belonging.

Matthew Vang (he/they)

Graduate Assistant

Matthew Vang is a second year Master of Public Policy student with Bachelor of Science in Biology from California State University, Fresno. As a queer and Hmong person from the Central Valley and child to Hmong refugees, Matthew is passionate about creating pathways for underserved and marginalized communities through a social justice and community oriented lens. Prior to graduate school, he served as a community organizer with a grassroots organization serving Southeast Asian communities in the Central Valley, Hmong Innovating Politics. In his time organizing and working with youth, he knew that he wanted to continue working with APIDA communities through an equity-motivated framework. Matthew was also a voluntary organizer with Queer Hmong Intersectional Pride, which advocated for safe community spaces for queer and Hmong identifying communities, where he secured grants to continue the queer justice work in Fresno. In his free time, he enjoys Hmong traditional sewing (paj ntaub), cooking, bird watching, spending time with friends, going out for a drink, and playing video games.
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Our Student Staff

Khai

Khai Phan (he/him)
Center Assistant – Communications & Outreach

Yao

Yao Sun (she/her)
Center Assistant,  Marketing & Graphic Design

Richard

Richard Ochoa Jr. (he/they)
CIRCLE Program Assistant

Mishy

Mishy Yi (she/her)
CIRCLE Program Assistant

Kit

Hana Kit Kitamura (she/her)
CIRCLE Program Assistant

Neel

Neel Iyer (he/him)
Center Assistant, Outreach Liaison, & South Asian Initiatives Program Assistant

Shreya

Shreya Kashyap (she/her)
CONNECTIONS! Program Assistant

Taylor

Taylor Kamemoto (she/her)
PEER Program Assistant

Katelyn

Katelyn Do (she/her)
CIRCLE Program Assistant