About Us

Nancy Martinsen

Nancy Martinsen

Associate Dean of Students & Director, Asian & Asian American Center
607-255-7708

Nancy Martinsen is an Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Asian & Asian American Center at Cornell. She received her B.A. in Human Communication with an emphasis in Journalism and Media Studies from California State University, Monterey Bay. She earned her M.A. in Education with a concentration in Counseling and Student Personnel at San Jose State University. In Fall 2017 she completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at San Francisco State University, her dissertation was titled “Supporting Pacific Islander Student Success in Higher Education through Culturally Sustaining Leadership.” She has prior student affairs experience in Admissions and Outreach and Student Equity and Success. Nancy utilizes the strengths of her Filipina culture to guide her leadership and she strives to create a sense of belonging for students. Outside of work, Nancy enjoys running, cooking, eating, and exploring new places.


Daniel Hoddinott

Daniel Hoddinott

Assistant Director
(607) 255-9438

Daniel Hoddinott is the Assistant Director of the Asian & Asian American Center at Cornell. He received his B.A. in Human Resource Management and Labor and Employment Relations from Rutgers University and his M.S. in Higher Education from Syracuse University. Daniel most recently served as a Complex Coordinator at the University of Texas at Austin. He has prior student affairs experience in Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, and Residence Life. As a student affairs professional, Daniel enjoys being able to create experiences that explore the passions of students while developing their leadership and identity. Outside of work, he enjoys running around Ithaca, spending time with family and friends, and attending student programs.


Group shot of A3C interns and staff

Graduate Interns

Ashley Bacalso '20

Bio and photo are coming soon!

Mint Damrongpiwat '21

Bio and photo are coming soon!

Undergraduate Interns

A3C Undergraduate Intern Abbie Zhu '21

Abbie Zhu '21
Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major(s): Applied Economics and Management
Hometown: Lexington, MA
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? A3C is an important and impactful organization that brings awareness to Asian and Asian-American issues and creates a supportive and collaborative community for Asians on campus. I wanted to become more involved in the Asian community in a meaningful way and joining A3C was a great way to help make a difference.
Favorite place: Shanghai, China
Favorite artist: Ed Sheeran
Involvement & hobbies: A3C is an important and impactful organization that brings awareness to Asian and Asian-American issues and creates a supportive and collaborative community for Asians on campus. I wanted to become more involved in the Asian community in a meaningful way and joining A3C was a great way to help make a difference.

A3C Undergraduate Intern Averill Wong '21

Averill Wong '21
Program Manager Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major(s): Policy Management and Analysis
Hometown: Nutley, NJ
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? Growing up in America, I have always struggled with my identity.  The label “Asian American” is a label that I hold close to my heart and can proudly say I identify with it.  As an A3C intern, have the opportunity to explore more of my identity, learn of others' experiences, and create a tight-knit community that welcomes all AAPI identities on campus. 
Favorite place: Wherever family and friends are
Favorite class: Oceanography
Involvement & hobbies: On campus, I am also involved as an associate for Cornell Consulting, co-Outreach Chair for CUABS, and a CAPSU Mentor. In my free time, you can find me lying on the slope, discovering beats on Soundcloud, drinking lattes, or reading a book.

A3C Undergraduate Intern Kaddie Chen '21

Kaddie Chen '21
Mental Health Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major(s): Biological Sciences
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I am able to bring awareness to Asian and Asian American issues, learn about different Asian identities, and participate in initiatives that address those issues.
Favorite class: Medicine & Healing in Ancient China
Involvement & hobbies: I am involved in the College of Arts & Sciences Pre-Health Association (CASPHA), Translator-Interpreter Program, and Petient Care Advocacy Team at the Cayuga Medical Center. I also enjoy traveling, taking nature walks, and trying out new foods. 

A3C Undergraduate Intern Meera Shah '20

Meera Shah '20
Cultural Event Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major(s): Chemistry and Biological Sciences
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? The A3C is a place where I can learn about different Asian identities, social issues faced by A3 communities, how to celebrate cultures correctly, and ways to navigate being a third and fourth culture kid in the US.
Favorite class: Fieldwork in Archaeology
Favorite artist: Shreya Ghoshal
Involvement & hobbies: In my free time, I enjoy watching comedy shows, listening to and singing Hindustani classical music, exploring Ithaca's natural areas, and doing yoga.

A3C Undergraduate Intern Laura Nguyen '21

Laura Nguyen '21
Program Manager Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major(s): Applied Economics and Management
Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I love interning A3C because I get to take initiatives on cultural projects that actually make some impacts on the community around me. I also enjoy working with the A3C staffs and other interns as they have always been so nice and supportive.
Favorite place: Any exotic island
Favorite artist: Ed Sheeran
Involvement & hobbies: On campus, I am also involved as an associate for Cornell Consulting, co-Outreach Chair for CUABS, and a CAPSU Mentor. In my free time, you can find me lying on the slope, discovering beats on Soundcloud, drinking lattes, or reading a book.

Madeline Parga '22
CLIMB Facilitator Intern

Bio and photo are coming soon!

Tamara Sato '22
CLIMB Facilitator Intern

Bio and photo are coming soon!

Wendy Lau '22
Peer Lead Intern

Bio and photo are coming soon!

A3C Undergraduate Intern Yuan Chen '22

Yuan Chen '22
Campus Engagement Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major(s): Industrial Labor Relations
Minor(s): Business 
Hometown: New York, New York
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? A3C is my avenue for Asian American advocacy. Rather than trying to prove my authenticity as an Asian or American, I hope to fight for the acknowledgement of the diaspora of Asian American experiences at Cornell.
Favorite class: Introduction to Yoga
Favorite artist: 88rising
Involvement & hobbies: social impact business, spilling (thai iced) tea with friends, embroidering, and thrifting