Jonathan Wang, Ed.D.
Program Manager/Center Director
Dr. Jonathan Wang serves as the Center Director for USC Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS). Originally from the Bay Area, Jonathan graduated with a Bachelors of Science from the University of California, San Diego. Jonathan graduated with a Masters in Education and a Doctorate of Education from the USC Rossier School of Education.
In 2012, Jonathan joined the USC Division of Student Affairs as the Assistant Director for APASS and since 2016 serves as the Center Director. Jonathan has served in leadership positions within USC, NASPA, conducted various research projects, published articles focused on marginalized student populations and international higher education, and has continued to present at both regional and national conferences. His dissertation focused on the well-being of Asian American college students at elite universities, and was awarded the Rossier School of Education Dissertation of Distinction. Jonathan now teaches for Rossier’s M.Ed. PASA program.
Get to know Jonathan more:
Jonathan’s Dissertation – Asian American college student well-being: Racial identity consciousness as model minorities at an elite university (USC Libraries Link): http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15799coll89/id/140440
USC Daily Trojan Article (by Karan Nevatia): https://dailytrojan.com/2017/06/20/apass-director-works-build-community/
Dear Asian Americans Podcast (hosted by Jerry Won): https://www.dearasianamericans.com/1
Bao Nhia Moua, M.Ed.
Center Supervisor/Assistant Center Director
Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Bao Nhia Moua grew up in a Hmong refugee family. Bao Nhia is a first-generation college student and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and a minor in Asian American Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies. Bao Nhia completed her Master’s of Education degree in Student Affairs from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Bao Nhia spent many years working with Asian Pacific Islander non-profit organizations through internship experience, volunteer work, and professional work. A few organizations that she has worked with include OCA – APA Advocates, Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE), and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP). Bao Nhia first began working at the Multicultural Student Center as a student at UW-Madison when she first recognized she wanted to work in higher education to better support students from historically marginalized backgrounds. It was through her Asian American Studies Program at UW-Madison and experiences growing up as an Asian American in the midwest that she knew she wanted to invest in supporting the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community. At UCLA, she served as a Graduate Assistant at First Year Experience and the Graduate Student Resource Center. She co-founded Niam Laus Niam Hluas: Hmong Sisterhood at UW-Madison and First Generation Graduate Student Council at UCLA. Before arriving at USC, Bao Nhia served as the manager and advisor to the undergraduate student government at UC Santa Cruz.
Bao Nhia is the middle child of seven children. She enjoys traveling and exploring new countries, pottery and painting, and the occasional marathon running.
Originally from Southern California, Niles Wilson graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Psychology. As an undergraduate, he was involved with the Filipino-American community and also volunteered to welcome incoming undergraduates as part of Asian American New Student Orientation. After graduating, Niles returned to his alma mater and worked for the New Student Programs team within the First Year Experience unit. There, he helped onboard new first-year and transfer students and worked closely with the Centers for Equity, Community, and Leadership. This work supporting students inspired him to pursue graduate studies, and he is now pursuing a Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs at the USC Rossier School of Education.
2020-2021 Student Staff
Richelle Caday, she/her/hers
Brandon Irie, he/him/his
Nicole Park, she/her/hers
Ramida (Prim) Phoolsombat, she/her/hers
Benton Yee, he/him/his
Yao Sun, she/her/hers
PEER Coordinator – Hua (Amy) Wang, she/her/hers
Connections! Coordinator – Aileen Kim, she/her/hers
QTAPI Coordinator – Vicki (Jordan) Trinh, they/them/theirs
Katie Chan, she/her/hers
Justin Hu, he/him/his
Michelle D’Mello, she/her/hers
Vy Ngo, she/her/hers
Cynda Wang, she/her/hers
Alexander (Alex) Yeh, he/him/his