E3! Ambassadors

Meet the 2015-2016 cohort of E3! Ambassadors, a group of leaders who are committed to educate, engage and empower their local communities.

New England

New York/New Jersey

Mid-Atlantic

Southeast

  • Catherine Wong, Doctors Plus Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • George Tan, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Great Lakes

  • Kenneth Gonzales, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Carol Stream, IL
  • Syeda Raza, University of Illinois at Chicago, Lombard, IL

Southcentral

  • Kelley Lou, The Chinese Community Center – Houston, TX
  • Tuyet Tran, University of Texas at Austin – Austin, TX

Midwest

  • Young Kwon, University of Missouri – Columbia, MO

Rocky Mountain

Northern California

Southwest

Hawaii and the Pacific

Pacific Northwest

  • Jena Yang, South Seattle College, Seattle, WA

 

New England


E3 Ambassador Dimple MirchandaniDimple Mirchandani, Boston University – Boston, MA

Dimple Mirchandani, MPH graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a B.A. in International Affairs and a concentration in International Economics in 2013. She completed her Master of Public Health degree from Boston University School of Public Health in Health Policy and Management in January 2015. As a first generation South Asian American she has a unique understanding of cultural dimensions in today’s society. For her capstone project, she will focus on expanding mental health services and public health initiatives on college campuses. She would like to make a positive impact in the healthcare field.
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E3 Ambassador Mason JiMason  Ji, Yale University – New Haven, CT

Mason Ji is a senior at Yale University studying Global Affairs and Political Science. In 2012, he founded the American Immigration Forums, an organization that aims to bring together immigrant families in advocacy on immigration issues, through which he has engaged thousands of AAPIs and disadvantaged minority families across the country. Last summer, he interned for WHIAAPI, and worked on the Regional Network to bring the government to AAPI communities across the country. In addition, he is a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, working to bring countries together to address the pressing global issues that confront communities across the country. At Yale, Mason conducts research on how East-West cooperation can advance multilateral agreement and how community engagement can provide impetus for international change. Ultimately, Mason seeks to pursue a career in public policy and international relations, to aid and enhance the lives of AAPIs in the U.S. to strengthen our multicultural community.
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E3 Ambassador Meagan Moana Palelei HoChingMeagan Moana Palelei HoChing, Harvard Kennedy School of Government– Cambridge, MA

Originally from Nu’uuli, American Samoa, Meagan Taulaimoana (Moana) Palelei HoChing is currently a Harvard AFP Fellow and serves as the Assistant Director of Educational Outreach for the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development at the Wiener Center on Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is an alumna of the National Pacific American Leadership Institute (NAPALI) and was the first woman of Samoan descent to compete in the Miss United States Pageant. Meagan Moana graduated with her Bachelors in Liberal Arts from Harvard University where she concentrated in Social Sciences and a field of study in Government.
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New York/New Jersey


E3 Ambassador Bryan DosonoBryan Dosono, Syracuse University – Syracuse, NY

Bryan Dosono is a Ph.D. student in Information Science and Technology at Syracuse University. Bryan works to transform scholarship into action by creating opportunities for others through technology. He was a Google Policy Fellow with the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, where he researched issues of online security and surveillance among marginalized public internet users. Previously, Bryan has raised awareness of affordable broadband internet programs for low-income families as Commissioner for the City of Seattle Community Technology Advisory Board. Bryan currently serves on the International Board of Lambda Phi Epsilon, the world’s largest Asian interest fraternity.
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Mid-Atlantic


E3 Ambassador Esther LeeEsther Yu-Hsi Lee, ThinkProgress – Washington, DC

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee is the Immigration Reporter for ThinkProgress. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Middle East and Islamic Studies and a M.A. in Psychology from New York University. A Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiary, Esther is passionate about immigration issues from all sides of the debate. She is also a White House Champions of Change recipient. Esther is originally from Los Angeles, CA and Taiwan.
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E3 Ambassador Natasha MahapatroNatasha Mahapatro, Mobile Future – Washington, DC

Natasha Mahapatro is a passionate young woman born and raised in Seattle, WA. A proud graduate of the University of San Diego, she currently is the Communications Manager for Mobile Future, where she focuses on digital media outreach. Previously, Natasha worked at the National Association of Broadcasters and as an Associate at the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. Passionate about women’s issues, she most recently served as the Communications Network Chair for the Women’s Information Network and was a member of the 2015 cohort of the Claudia McKoin Leadership Academy, a program dedicated to increasing the number of women in public office.
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Southeast


E3 Ambassador Catherine WongCatherine Wong, Doctors Plus Medical Center – Ft Lauderdale, FL

Catherine Wong is currently the clinic manager at Doctors Plus Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has obtained a Master of Public Health with concentrations in Health Management and Policy at the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology/Immunology at the University of Miami. Her passions include public health, gastronomy, community service, and primary care.
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E3 Ambassador George TanGeorge Tan, Georgia Institute of Technology – Atlanta, GA

George Tan is currently a second-year PhD student at Georgia Institute of Technology, majoring in Analytical Chemistry. With a long-standing interest in government and international development, George has been involved in the Student Government Association throughout his undergraduate and graduate studies as clubs and organizations board member, Director for International/Multicultural Student Involvement, graduate student senator and have led several Alternative Break trips to Washington D.C., Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Shanghai, China. He has participated in Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR), Global Startup Youth (GSY), Asia Institute for Political Economy (AIPE) and Initiating Mutual Understanding through Student Exchange (IMUSE) conference.
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Great Lakes


E3 Ambassador Ken GonzalesKenneth Gonzales, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities – Carol Stream, IL

Ken Gonzales is a queer, Undocumented Filipino-American at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities studying English. African American & African Studies, and Asian American Studies. His interests lie in understanding the intersections of race, politics, and art as it pertains to identity, history, and activism. His interests in race relations stemmed primarily from primarily at the intersections of African American history and activism in the advancements and cultivation of Asian American activism. While in college he has built an undergraduate career around the importance of multiculturalism, diversity, and cross-racial collaboration, dialogue, and understanding.
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E3 Ambassador Syeda RazaSyeda Raza, University of Illinois at Chicago – Lombard, IL

Syeda Raza, a Pakistani, Muslim American and first generation immigrant, is currently a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Although majoring in Neuroscience, Syeda’s research focuses on issues in education such as exploring how culturally relevant and linguistically competent pedagogies can be implemented to support students of color. Currently, she serves as a research assistant to UIC’s Project ELMSA (English Learning Through Math, Science, and Action Research). With experiences including an internship at the Latino Policy Forum and immigration advocacy work with the South Asian American Policy and Research Institute, Syeda has developed a passion for community engagement.
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Southcentral


E3 Ambassador Kelley LouKelley Lou, The Chinese Community Center – Houston, TX

Kelley Lou was first exposed to AAPI mental health issues while at The University of Texas – Austin, where she received her Bachelors in Social Work.  Impassioned to learn more about advocating for her community, she completed her Master’s in Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.  After this achievement, she worked in China at an adoption and non-governmental organization.   She then returned to Houston, her hometown, to give back to the Asian community.  For the past five years, she has been serving as the Director of Senior and Social Services at the Chinese Community Center.
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E3 Ambassador Tuyet TranTuyet Tran, University of Texas at Austin – Austin, TX

Tuyet Tran is studying Biochemistry and the Foundations of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. She is working towards a career in Anesthesiology. Tuyet was born in Vietnam, but her family moved to Houston, TX. She currently lives in Austin, TX since that is where her school is. She loves to travel and venture foreign things. This past summer she had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in China where she got to climb mountains, teach middle school migrant children, and conduct research on mental health! She also likes music, karate, and food.
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Midwest


E3 Ambassador Young KwonYoung Kwon, University of Missouri – Columbia, MO

Young Kwon is a senior at the University of Missouri studying strategic communication and international peace studies. Her passion in pursuing social justice and community development shows in her involvement on campus. She has been the chair for the Four Front Minoritized Student Leaders Council, as well as the Missouri Student Association Social Justice Committee. She currently works at the Multicultural Center as the Creative Director. In three words, she is a dreamer, a laugher, and a traveler. She is consistently exploring the world around her and figuring out her place in the jigsaw puzzle of life.
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Rocky Mountain


E3 Ambassador Chelsea SitumeangChelsea Situmeang, Community College of Denver – Denver, CO

Chelsea Situmeang is a Lupus fighter, a first generation student undergraduate sophomore at the Community College of Denver. She is a critical thinker, social activist, and an exceptional leader. She has been actively involved with the WHIAAPI events that focus on mental health, bullying and educational issues. Chelsea has shown initiative by posting current and relevant issues on the CU Denver Asian American Student Service Facebook page to increase awareness about AAPI issues. She is very humble and modest with a fierce spirit and code to help others.
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E3! Ambassador Sabrita NiroulaSabitra Niroula, University of Colorado Denver – Denver, CO

Sabitra Niroula is a sophomore at the University of Colorado, Denver studying pre-Nursing. She was born in a refugee camp in Nepal and emigrated to the United State at age 12.  Sabitra is very passionate about education and desires to support educational opportunities for her community. She is very excited to be an E3! Ambassador and to represent the needs of her Nepalese community. Her goal as an E3! Ambassador is to assist elderly refugee immigrants in accessing education and training opportunities in order to successfully attain U.S. naturalization and to become full citizens in their new homes.
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Northern California


E3 Ambassador Anne WongAnne Wong, University of the Pacific – Elk Grove, CA

Anne Wong is a first generation Chinese-American college student. She currently resides in California and recently started the Doctor of Education program at the University of the Pacific. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Sacramento State University and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Drexel University. She works as a Program Analyst at the California Department of Education. During her academic and professional career, she has served on the executive board for two student organizations, interned as a labor market research intern, worked as a DSPS tutor, and mentored first generation AAPI college students.
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E3 Ambassador Jason LiJason Li, Stanford University – Stanford, CA

Originally hailing from Hacienda Heights in Southern California, Jason Li is currently a sophomore at Stanford University studying human biology and creative writing. At Stanford, he is involved in the Asian American Students Association, its Asian American issues conference, and public health and service efforts. With a fierce belief in youth activism and WHIAAPI’s support, he is excited to connect with advocates across the country, help empower AAPI communities, and learn about and fight for its often silenced issues.
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E3! Ambassador Victoria FakalataTonga Victoria, Urban Islanders – East Palo Alto, CA

A graduate from the University of Redlands, Tonga Victoria returns to her hometown with a dedication and passion for the young Urban Islander community. Only after teaching English in the Kingdom of Tonga during her undergrad career did Tonga discover the power and sustenance of her culture in which she began to embrace. This enlightenment is what she hopes to bring into her community through programming and relationship building. As an E3! Ambassador, Tonga commits to the growth and success of her community as a whole.
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Southwest


E3 Ambassador Bo DaraphantBoonyarit Daraphant, University of California, Irvine – Sherman Oaks, CA

Boonyarit “Bo” Daraphant is an undocumented student at UC Irvine where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Bo came to the United States from Thailand in 1996 and grew up in Los Angeles. Bo attended High Tech High Los Angeles where he was active in sports and leadership activities, and also received prestigious honors like Philosophy award as well as Creative Writing award.  Currently, Bo is a member of ASPIRE LA, the first pan-Asian undocumented youth group in the nation to support Asian undocumented immigrant communities. Bo is also an intern at Korean Resource Center where he organizes Youth Academy and coordinates convention for Asian American Pacific Islander DACA Collaborative.
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Hawaii and the Pacific


E3 Ambassador Riya NathraniRiya Nathrani, Northern Marianas College – Saipan, CNMI

Riya Nathrani is a proud immigrant from India and has lived in the small island of Saipan since she was four. She is a rising senior at the Northern Marianas College and an Elementary Education major. This past summer, she had the opportunity to intern in her Congressional office in Washington, D.C. and connect with other AAPI students and professionals from all over the country. On campus, she plays a crucial role in student government through voicing students’ concerns.  She wishes to convey the value of education to motivate students to obtain the tools needed to achieve a better life.
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Pacific Northwest


E3 Ambassador Jena YangJena Yang, South Seattle College – Seattle, WA

As the Program Assistant of South Seattle College’s Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution, Jena Yang provides culturally appropriate student support services and addresses the needs of AAPI students.  She earned her Bachelors and Masters in Social Work with the concentration in community-centered integrative practice at University of Washington, Certificate in Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation, and Associate Prevention Professional.  She also takes actions towards social change with multi-cultural communities as the Membership Engagement Coordinator of National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum- Seattle Chapter. She loves singing while driving in traffic, laughing from watching comedy movies, and opening fortune-teller cookies.

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