I’ve been an educator for 20 years after previously working in journalism, arts administration, and tech. Serving on a diversity think tank through the National Association of Independent Schools led to co-authoring Diversity Work in Independent Schools: The Practice and The Practitioner. I’m also a founding member of the San Francisco Equity Leaders diversity consulting group. To sum it up, I’ve spent a lifetime noticing people, identity, and experience, what can help build authentic relationships – and what doesn’t.
I grew up in Sherman Oaks when students were being bussed to different schools as an experiment with racial integration. Without context and cultural awareness, students mostly kept to themselves, and few developed lasting relationships. As a multiracial person with Chinese, European, and Jewish heritages, there was little mention of people like me, so I kept my head down and tried to fit in. I left Los Angeles feeling invisible and realized years later that “going along to get along” can help you survive, but rarely prosper.
Feeling unequipped to claim my heritage, I spent a year studying Chinese culture and language at Beijing University during my studies at U.C. Berkeley, and another post-graduation working in TV news in Taipei. Later, I received a master’s in equity and social justice from San Francisco State University and realized I wanted to explore and help people understand how our identities and experience intersect and shape how we move through the world and impact each other.
Co-Author, Diversity Work in Independent Schools: The Practice and the Practitioner
Call to Action, diversity think tank, Nat’l Association of Independent Schools
People of Color Conference — presenter, affinity group facilitator
Children’s Day School — Director of Inclusion, 2014-2021
Head Royce School — Mandarin teacher, diversity council co-chair