Each year, a committee of students and staff are appointed by the Chancellor to serve on the Asian American Cultural Center Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to review, evaluate, and make recommendations regarding the policies, programs, and services of the Asian American Cultural Center. The committee also provides advice and recommendations regarding resources related to the support for the cultural center, including budget, personnel, and facilities.


Faculty & Staff


  • Pankaj Desai (Chair)
    The Career Center, Senior Assistant Director
  • Sarah Park Dahlen
    School of Information Sciences, Associate Professor
  • Joy Das
    Illinois Leadership Center, Assistant Director
  • Minsun (MK) Kim
    School of Information Sciences, Associate Professor
  • Asako Kinase-Leggett
    Illini Union, Program Coordinator
  • Mary Long
    Intercollegiate Athletics, DEIB Fellow
  • David Chih (ex officio)
    AACC Director


  • Summer Xiy Yu Chen
    Social Work, Graduate Student
  • Praveen Chhikara
    Education, Graduate Student
  • Yangyang Liu
    iSchool, Graduate Student
  • Emma Eunbyul Park
    Education, Graduate Student