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 as a Vietnamese American woman of color shapes my everyday experiences. My parents fled as immigrants and refugees from the Vietnam War after the Fall of Saigon in 1975. They started a family in 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 my work is incredibly significant. 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 employee diversity groups at Google. Pursuing community advocacy, I am also a full scholarship recipient to the Southeast Asian Equity Summit in Washington D.C. with the Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC). My passion for diversity and inclusion remains fervent and passionate!


The SUA Office of Diversity & Inclusion focuses on organizing initiatives addressing issues of diversity and inclusion while collaborating with resource centers, retention services, 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!

 

Fun Facts About Me:

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