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).

Brandon Lim (he/him/they/them)

Graduate Assisant

Raised in San Diego, Brandon graduated in 2020 from San Diego State University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Journalism – Media Studies with a minor in Sociology. In undergrad, he served the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts as a Vice President of Culture and Diversity, College Council President, and academic peer advisor. Brandon was also involved in Asian American cultural organizations, where he presented workshops, participated in mentorship programs, and spoke in college experience panels for high school conferences. One organization was (AAPI)phany, a student-centered mental health workshop program dedicated to uplifting the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American community through psychoeducation, critical dialogue, and social justice advocacy. During his year as an intern, Brandon organized the program’s first Asian American x LGBTQIA+ student panel and secured grant funding for womxn artists to speak on their experiences as AAPI womxn in the arts industry. His extensive involvement allowed him to gain valuable equity-minded programming experience for supporting underrepresented and marginalized communities.

Matthew Vang (he/they)

Graduate Assistant

Matthew Vang is a first 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.

Our Student Staff

Center Assistants

Patrick Fang (he/him)
Center Assistant & Mental Health Initiatives

Yao Sun (she/her)
Center Assistant & Graphic Designer

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

Michele Yi (she/her)
Center Assistant & TIE Program Assistant

Program Assistants

Taylor Kamemoto (she/her)
PEER Program Assistant

Shreya Kashyap (she/her)
CONNECTIONS Program Assistant

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Center Assistants
Richard Ochoa (he/they)
Khai Phan (he/him)

Program Assistant
Jordan Trinh