What About Me?'—Where Do I Fit into the DEI Conversation as an AAPI Professional?

Thursday, October 28 | 2:15PM–3:00PM ET | 103AB, 100 Level
Viewing Location: Philadelphia
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Presentation/Panel Session
Cultural sensitivity is an important part of the DEI conversation. Those who have immigrated to the United States over the past couple of centuries come from cultures that are very rich and diverse, yet they needed to make hard decisions about adjusting to the American culture. From the “Model Minority Myth” and “Respect your elders!” (and authorities), it may be hard to know how to fit into the DEI conversation as an AAPI professional, let alone how to navigate professional and career growth in a way that honors oneself and the higher education culture. A conversation among a panel of diverse Chinese American CIOs, each with unique and rich lived experiences, will shine a light on (general?) AAPI advocacy and allyship to help move this conversation forward, especially in a complex and important time in history.


  • Gerard Au

    Chief Infomation Officer, California State University, San Bernardino
  • Orlando Leon

    Chief Information Officer, EDUCAUSE Alumni
  • Melissa Woo

    Executive Vice President for Administration & CIO, Michigan State University
  • Ellen Yu

    Chief Information Officer, Union College