About Us

Sophie Sidhu

Associate Dean of Students & Director, Asian & Asian American Center
(607) 255-3869

Sophie Sidhu is the Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Asian & Asian American Center at Cornell. Sophie has worked on diversity and community-building initiatives at Cornell University, Columbia University, Hampshire College and the University of Hawaii. At Cornell, she previously served as Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity Education and Outreach, where she was a premiere advisor for the Asian & Asian American Forum and a member of the A3C Planning Committee.

Sophie holds an M.A. in International Educational Development/Peace Education from Columbia University and a B.A. in International Studies from Hampshire College. She has been published by UNICEF for her research on gender equality and human rights education in India.

Vigor Lam

Assistant Director

Vigor is the Assistant Director of the Asian & Asian American Center at Cornell University. He is a first-generation, transfer, TRIO, college graduate and a proud product of the public-school system in Ohio. Vigor has worked for departments including academic affairs, campus activities and life, multicultural affairs, and residential life. His involvement with the APIA community in the Midwest led him to work for Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIA Vote) and for the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) in Washington, DC before graduate school. In addition to the ACPA: College Student Educators International, Vigor is/has been an active member of the Association of Fraternity & Sorority Advisors (AFA), the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Vigor is currently the principal investigator on a research team, examining the experiences of members in Asian American Greek Letter Organizations (AAGLOs). He also serves as the Vice Chair of the National APIA Panhellenic Association (NAPA), an association representing eighteen fraternities & sororities; and the Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific American Network (APAN) within ACPA, an organization dedicated to educating student affairs professionals on the issues and concerns of students, faculty, and staff of color in the higher education community.

Vigor holds a Masters of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University.


Graduate Assistants 2016-2017


Abhinav Choudhry ‘18

Master of Public Administration


Beining Niu ‘18

Master of Health Administration

Student Intern Team (Spring 2017)

Ana Bordallo ‘18

Policy Analysis and Management

Kaddie Chen ‘20

Biological Sciences

Katie Chow ‘19


China and Asia Pacific Studies

Scott Ho ‘18

Biology and Society

Minor: Inequality Studies

Sophie He ‘20

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Michael Huang ‘20

Computer Science

Anni Li ‘18

Indisciplinary Studies

Derek Li ‘17

Classics and Religion Studies

Minor: Asian American Studies

Alice Li ‘18

Operations Research and Information Engineering

Shivani Parikh ‘19

Development Sociology

Minors: South Asia Studies, Inequality Studies, Law & Society and Business

Meera Shah ‘20


Vegen Soopramanien ‘20

Statistical Science

Minor: Economics

Piragash Swargaloganathan ‘20

Human Biology, Health, & Society

Minor: Southeast Asian Studies

Grace Zhao ‘18

Applied Economics and Management