• Hi, my name is


    MAC, Ph.D

  • who i am

    I am a strengths-based social justice educator and trainer...

    ...who deeply believes in the power of individuals and communities to bring about social change to the world.

    I am a first generation student, proud daughter of refugees, and product of public education.

    Born and raised in Chicago, I completed my bachelor's degree in psychology and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, my master’s degree in College Student Personnel at the University of Maryland-College Park, and my doctoral degree in Higher Education at Indiana University. I also earned an Executive Certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management from Georgetown University. In Fall 2015, I joined the faculty to teach the course on measurement and metrics. I am currently a visiting assistant professor in Higher Education at Northern Illinois University (Dekalb, IL).

    My community is everything.

    I regularly present at national conferences on topics of race and racism, equity and inclusion, and leadership. I am heavily involved in leadership teams of diversity and equity affinity groups within national associations. I have several projects in process: capturing my family's story and history, illuminating the role Southeast Asian Americans played to advance education equity policies, building a collective of Southeast Asian American scholars and practitioners, and researching institutional transformation towards equity and justice in higher education.


    Learn more about the SEAAster Scholars Collective.

  • Jacki stepped into our racially and religiously diverse community of artists with ease, bringing a spirit of playfulness and authenticity that gave others permission to show up as their full selves. It's rare to find someone as skilled and yet grounded as Jacki.
    Rev. Erik Martinez Resly, Lead Organizer, The Sanctuaries

  • consulting & training

    strategic planning | program & intervention design | implementation, assessment, & assessment


    guided by anti-oppression principles & practices

    Using visuals, audio, and experiential learning, I model risk-taking, authenticity, and dialogic skills to activate participants to engage more deeply with diversity, equity, and social justice in their teams and organizations. As a trained intergroup dialogue facilitator, I approach trainings, workshops, and seminars by connecting participants lived experiences with larger equity and inclusion topics. Because context is important, nearly all of my work is tailored towards clients' needs.

    training topics

    a snapshot

    • Critical Conversations Are Hard: Facilitator Training
    • Storytelling: Building Blocks of Authentic Relationships
    • Anti-Oppression Foundations (anti-oppression 101)
    • Activism from Within: Enacting Social Justice Everyday
    • The Air We Breathe: Microaggressions
    • Being a Southeast Asian American Woman: Why Feminism Must Be Intersectional
    • Unpacking Identities (social identities 101, identity-specific)
    • Homemaking in the Academy: Cultivating Collectives
    • Myths and Realities: The Multiple Forms of Asian Exclusion and What We Can Do About It
  • teaching

    for undergraduate and graduate students, and life-long learners


    "How do you explain race to a five-year-old?" While many of the concepts I teach are "complicated" and "complex," my background as a first generation student informs my approach to teaching. I strive to teach inclusively and collaboratively. I come prepared with a plan and am ready to throw it out the window. My most important role as an educator is to realize bell hooks' characterizaction of the classroom as a "place of possibilities."

    Spring 2023 courses

    • Quantitative Foundations in Higher Education Research
    • Program Evaluation in Higher Education

    past courses

    • Intergroup Dialogue: gender identities, sexual orientation, social class, religious bias
    • Asian American Studies: Southeast Asian Americans and the second generation, Asian American Culture
    • Leadership Studies: student leadership in groups and organizations
    • Higher Education: Environmental theory and assessment; Higher education public policy studies; Seminar in community college; Equity and social justice in higher education
    • Student Affairs: Student development theory; Diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and student affairs
    • Methods: Quantitative foundations in higher education research; Review of research in higher education; Applied assessment in student affairs
  • Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.

    Audre Lorde



  • yoga

    community yoga & workshops

    For those needing to engage in self-care, especially marginalized and underserved communities who often do not have access to what we know as "yoga" in the US context, I teach vinyasa yoga, power yoga, spiritually-oriented yoga, and a mediation/yoga blend. Currently, I am taking a break from teaching regular classes to learn about trauma-informed and healing-centered teaching. I am able to schedule a class or two for your community, group, or organization. Let's connect and see what we can do together.

    past yoga clients

    DC Public Library | Georgetown Institute for College Preparation | FHI 360

    Food Research and Action Center Annual Meeting | Haven Yoga Studio, Indianapolis

    National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum - DC Chapter
    University of Maryland - Graduate Student Life | University of Maryland - Art & Learning Center

    Women's Health & Holistic Wellness | Serenity Place DC

  • musings

    visit my blog for writing about yoga, family, culture, and justice

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    available online


  • connect

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