Faces of APIE
asian pacific islander employees of boston college
Warren Yi-Jeng Chang
Office of AHANA Student Programs
I began working at Boston College with the Office of AHANA Student Programs staff in the spring of 2005. Before coming to Boston College, I worked as the Associate Director of Student Financial Services at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. My educational background includes graduating with a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and obtaining a MEd in Educational Administration from Harvard's Graduate School of Education.
Here at BC, my daily work is focused on helping all students fulfill their God-given potential (particularly AHANA Freshman and Sophomore undergraduates) — and being a part of APIE is, for me, a reflection of that same desire. I've become a part of APIE because I want to see the Asian community at Boston College thrive and grow as employees, co-workers, supervisors, and as people — but, more than that, I long to see the issues, stories, and histories that pertain to the Asian Pacific Islander family to be shared, understood, and celebrated by the wider community.
Office for Institutional Diversity
I returned to BC in 2004 after a seven-year hiatus, during which I consulted for an EEO/AA firm while being a stay-at-home mom. My background is primarily in compliance, having spent a decade in the IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor.
As Associate Director at the Office for Institutional Diversity, I prepare the University’s Affirmative Active Program, conduct workforce and labor force analyses, support faculty and nonfaculty diversity recruitment and searches, conduct training for University constituencies, and report on workforce data. I also do research on regulatory requirements, compliance issues and diversity trends.
I am very excited to be a part of APIE because our organization gives Asian Pacific Islander American employees at BC a voice. My special interests are: (a) to create a network of Asian Pacific Islander American employees across the University, (b) to promote the understanding of and appreciation for Asian Pacific Islander American culture as a strength in the workplace, and (c) to build bridges with other BC affinity groups (and with the majority workforce) so as to help the University become a more welcoming place for all people of color.
My hobbies are baking, cake decorating, and playing tennis. If you are an intermediate (3.0-3.5) tennis player, call me!
Professor, Psychology Department
Ramsay Liem received his PhD in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of Rochester in 1970. He is a professor of psychology at Boston College and co-coordinator of the Asian American Studies concentration. His current interests include the intergenerational transmission of sociohistorical trauma, human rights and mental health, cultural psychology, and Asian American Studies. He has interests in U.S./Korean relations and is president of the Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation that fosters public support for peace and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula.
Professor Liem is currently the project director for Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the “Forgotten War,” a multimedia exhibit embodying oral histories he has conducted with Korean Americans about their legacies of the Korean War. For more information, see StillPresentPasts.org. He has also co-produced and directed a documentary film, Memory of Forgotten War.
Min Hyoung Song
Associate Professor, Department of English
Co-coordinator, Asian American Studies Program
I am currently an Associate Professor of English at Boston College, specializing in Asian-American studies. I have taught at BC since 1998, starting as a visiting assistant professor before becoming an assistant professor. During this time, I worked closely with the Asian-American Studies program and the American Studies program to encourage the study of race within a multidisciplinary context that would also be sensitive to its larger importance to other areas of study.
APIE is an important organization, because there continues to be a small number of Asian Pacific Islander American employees at Boston College, and our contributions to the overall community can as a result be too easily overlooked. By meeting regularly and helping organize public events, we not only increase our visibility, but we also get to have some say about how that visibility is shaped.
Ricco Villanueva Siasoco
Department of English & Learning to Learn
Ricco Villanueva Siasoco has taught in the English Department since 2001. He teaches creative writing, first-year writing, and literature courses.
Ricco joined the Learning to Learn Program in 2003 as the faculty consultant. Learning to Learn offers academic, financial, and personal advising to undergraduates who are the first in their families to attend college. He is also the faculty advisor for several student groups, including the Philippine Society of Boston College, Naked Singularity, Synergy, and the Philippine Service and Immersion Program. He received his B.S. in Film from Boston University, and his M.F.A. in Writing from Bennington College.
Ricco's writing has been published in The Boston Globe; the Boston Phoenix; The North American Review; and numerous anthologies including Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffeehouse Press, 2004) and Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America (Asian Am Writers' Workshop, 2004). He is completing his first novel. His website is www.riccosiasoco.com.
Jeanne Villarena Po
Instructional Design and eTeaching Services
Jeanne holds a BA in English literature and history from Saint Edward's University, as well as a MA in English literature from Boston College. She is currently pursuing a PhD in the English department with a focus on Composition and Rhetoric. She has extensive experience integrating technology in academic settings, working as an instructional designer, a graduate web assistant, a graduate technology consultant, and as a freelance web designer. She has also taught in the English Department and for the Office of AHANA Student Programs. Jeanne’s current role as associate director is focused on managing instructional design staff and offering support to faculty in the evaluation, selection, implementation, and use of instructional technology in the classroom.
Health Services Aide
Health Services Department
I was born in Canton, China, and grew up in Hong Kong. I finished ninth grade in Hong Kong before I rejoined my family in the States in 1966. Upon graduating from the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester, I enrolled in a pre-college program at Brandeis University. Then I got married. I have three children. Jackie is 27 years old; he graduated from UMass-Amherst and now is a teacher. Roy is 24 and graduated from Boston College. Ronald is 21, and he is a student at Woods College of Advancing Studies.
I just finished my degree in Corporate System from Woods College of Advancing Studies after ten years. I am very excited about APIE, which provides an opportunity for me to meet other Asian American employees and support each other.
Information Technology Services
I joined Boston College in 2001 after my graduate studies in computer science and has been working in Information Technology Services since then. The university core system I currently support is Millennium, which manages alumni information and fund raising.
APIE means a lot to me, as it does to many other Asian Pacific Islander American employees at Boston College. It provides me with a great platform to meet with other API employees, share our experiences, get our voices heard, and contribute more to the BC community!
I am a Staff Psychologist at University Counseling Services. I have been at Boston College since 2003 and have greatly enjoyed my experience at BC. I love working with students, and it’s been wonderful to be part of the Jesuit tradition of helping students develop mentally, physically, and spiritually, which fits with my own views of caring for people. In addition to my clinical work as a psychologist, I also have a strong commitment to diversity issues, particularly those related to race and socioeconomic status, and participate in a number of activities to increase diversity awareness.
One such activity is APIE, for which I serve as co-coordinator. My Asian-American heritage is of great importance to me, and I believe that APIE can contribute positively not only to the lives of employees and students of Asian descent at BC but to the lives of all employees and students at BC, including those who are of non-Asian descent. I believe that APIE can play an important role in helping BC achieve its goal of becoming a more inclusive, diverse, pluralistic, and international community. I am very excited to be a part of APIE!