Leadership Training 2013
Melinda Quach is a 2nd generation Asian American who is currently studying Business Administration at De Anza College. She is mixed of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Caucasian. Growing up, she learned the native language of Vietnamese from her parents and continues to teach her younger family members, as well as her friends, about the history and traditions of Vietnam. She takes part in community service, especially with children. She currently teaches students from K-12 English and Math. After taking APALI last year, she is inspired to help to fill the cultural gap that the new generations of API’s have.
Sabrina is a second-generation Thai-Chinese American. She is a second year student at De Anza College and will be transferring to UC Berkeley in the fall. She plans on majoring in Asian American Studies and Ethnic Studies and hopes to pursue a career in Social Work and Education. She served as the Vice President of Internal Affairs for Asian Pacific American Students for Leadership (APASL) and as a Senator in the De Anza Associated Student Body Senate. She was also a member of the Honors Program, an APALI YLA 2012 graduate and does freelance Graphic Design around campus.
Esteban is a highly motivated and bright student, and an innovative and thoughtful leader. He is an asset to any group that works with him. He worked with our other student leaders to support Latina/o Heritage events on our campus, participated in the Occupy for Education events on campus, worked to support a boycott against the Hyatt for their mistreatment of workers, and served as an officer in our club. This year, Esteban is a mentor in our classes. He is entrusted with this responsibility because he is highly organized, imaginative, and someone who works well with allies from a variety of backgrounds and interests. This Spring, he has advocated for a research project to analyze De Anza’s online learning classes to make them more accessible for all students, with an emphasis on community building is an exceptionally good choice for creating online classes.
Born in the Philippines but raised in San Jose, Joe-Vincent Estioko is currently attending San Jose State University with a major in Sociology. In San Jose State, Joe has been a part of the filipino club Akbayan and served as an student ambassador for the CSU Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative. He is also a transfer student from De Anza College with an associates degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. At De Anza, he is an alumni of the APALI YLA Class of 2011 and participated in the club APASL. Outside of school, Joe spends his time playing basketball.
Sahil is a fourth year at UC San Diego and very involved with the international community on campus: living in the international residence, teaching English, and working with UCSD's International House. He recently came back from Ecuador, where he studied abroad and lived for over a year. He returned to UCSD in April and continued indulging in his hobby of teaching Indian dancing. He will graduate in December with degrees in Human Development and International Studies.
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Hye Young is a 1.5-generation Korean American studying Biological Sciences at De Anza. She is a 2012 APALI YLA alumna, a student representative on the AANAPISI Grant steering committee, the 2013-2014 president of APASL, and an administrative volunteer at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. She plans to transfer to a four-year university to study Public Health or Education. She enjoys playing with her cat, hanging out with friends and family, and reading during her spare time. Her favorite books are The Power of One and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Thai food is the way to her heart.