Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion

👤  Officer

Katherine Le (Katherine Mỹ-Duyên Lê)

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

📧  Email suavpd@ucsc.edu
🗓  Office Hours

Fall Quarter 2017

Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 3:30-5:00pm

Location: 2nd Floor, Student Union Building

📚  Education

Double Major in Politics and Legal Studies

Minor in Global Information and Social Enterprise

📍  College College Nine, International and Global Perspectives

Hi everyone, my name is Katherine Le (Katherine Mỹ-Duyên Lê) and I am the 2017-2018 Student Union Assembly Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion! I am currently a third year undergraduate student double majoring in Politics & Legal Studies while pursuing a minor in Global Information and Social Enterprise. During my first two years at UC Santa Cruz, I served as one of College Nine’s SUA representatives and received the opportunity to intern with the SUA. 


My identity and history as a Vietnamese American woman of color shapes my everyday experiences. My parents fled as refugees from the Vietnam War after the Fall of Saigon. My mother's family lived in a refugee camp in Guam until they were sponsored by a church in California for resettlement. My father also lived in a refugee camp in Thailand before fleeing to the United States. My parents started a family in East Side San Jose, California where I was born and raised as the second eldest sibling of four children. Their perseverance and undying sacrifices give me immense purpose in life.


At UCSC, I have learned more about my own identity and experiences in addition to being immersed in other folks’ perspectives and narratives. From serving on the UCSC Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center Heritage Month committee, to engaging in student advocacy on issues such as rising tuition and mental health, I have discovered that the intersection of problems affecting diverse students are incredibly important to recognize. This fundamentally instilled a commitment in me to serve underrepresented communities on campus and beyond. In 2017, I was accepted into the Stanford Future Leaders Program cohort under the Stanford Graduate School of Business, immersing in the importance of leadership diversity and connecting with diversity groups at Google. Pursuing community advocacy, I was also a full scholarship recipient to the Southeast Asian American Equity Summit in Washington D.C. with the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC). I currently serve on the Chancellor's Diversity Advisory CouncilCommittee on Affirmative Action and Diversity, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation Committee. 


The SUA Office of Diversity & Inclusion focuses on outreach, collaboration, and creating initiatives addressing issues of diversity and inclusion on campus. We connect with resource centers, retention services, campus units, and student organizations. In today’s political climate, the importance of uplifting underrepresented and marginalized communities is dire.


Please feel free to contact me and swing by my office hours if you’d like to chat or set up a meeting! If you'd like to stay updated on what I'm up to, check out my detailed monthly reports.

 

Fun Facts About Me:

  • I play many musical instruments 🎹
  • I love to hunt for new tunes on SoundCloud 🎵 
  • I enjoy petting cats 🐈