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.
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.
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
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
media . news . articles
Yi, V., Na, V. S., Venturanza, R. J., Mac, J., & Museus, S. D. (2019, December 16). Asian Americans and racial justice: Racial exclusion and the (im)possibilities of cultivating our identity, consciousness, and agency. Accepted for publication in Spark: Elevating Scholarship on Social Issues, The Online Magazine of the National Center for Institution Diversity. Retrieved from: https://medium.com/national-center-for-institutional-diversity/asian-americans-and-racial-justice-racial-exclusion-and-the-im-possibilities-of-developing-our-cb5d9186995c
Nguyen, B. M. C., Mac, J., Lee, N. W. K. S., Lee, Y., & Nguyen, T-H. (2019, January 22). A convening of minds: Scholarly collaboration toward a national AANAPISI research agenda. Ann Arbor, MI: National Center for Institutional Diversity. Retrieved from https://medium.com/national-center-for-institutional-diversity/a-convening-of-minds-scholarly-collaboration-toward-a-national-aanapisi-research-agenda-6baf6d6d0c3c.
Museus, S. D., Wright-Mair, R., & Mac. J. (2018). How Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) are creating the conditions for students to thrive. Philadelphia, PA: Penn Center for Minority Serving Institution. Retrieved from https://www.indiana.edu/~cece/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Research-Brief-How-AANAPISI-Thrive.pdf
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