Our History


Cornell Administration charged a task force to confront issues confronting the Asian and Asian American student community: January 2003 Cornell News


The Asian and Asian-American Campus Climate Task Force Report (if interested in reviewing the full report, please contact the center at aaac@cornell.edu) was released by the Cornell Administration. Salient findings included: over-representation of suicides from students of Asian descent, high dissatisfaction of Cornell experience compared to other ethnic groups, feelings of belonging to Cornell community commonly absent. Two of the main recommendations addressed by this task force were:

  1. Hiring of a paid staff position to serve the Asian/Asian-American student community
  2. Implementation of an Asian/Asian American center to unify the AAA population


Members of Asian Pacific Americans for Action (APAA) strove for an Asian American program house on campus. Nota bene: There is a current moratorium on constructing new program houses at Cornell University (i.e. no new ones are allowed)


Spring - a group of passionate student leaders met with the Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs, Susan Murphy, to lobby for an Assistant Dean for Asian and Asian American students

September - Vice President Murphy announced the creation of an Assistant Dean for Asian and Asian American students

November - Resolution 8 was passed with an overwhelming majority in the Student Assembly. It called for the creation of an Asian and Asian American community center.


Spring - Asian & Asian American Center(A3C) was formed under the Office of Student Support and Diversity Education, Dean of Students, and members of APAA started meeting to lobby for the center

February - At the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU 2008) Conference, held at Cornell that year, Remarks made by administration upset the 1500+ attendees. Administration's remarks, were posted on numerous blogs, including nationally renowned www.angryasianman.com, and lead many to start campaigns pushing Cornell to support Asian and Asian American students from across college campuses.

March - The ECAASU co-directors and other student leaders met with President Skorton and Vice President Murphy about ECAASU 2008 and Resolution 8. Skorton verbally agreed to a space designated for Asian and Asian American students on campus. Vice President Murphy started assembling a committee to figure out the details of the center.

March 31 - An Asian and Asian American Community Forum was held and Skorton publicly announces his support for an Asian and Asian American center and announces the committee.

October - The A3C Committee held a series of information sessions in order to update and inform students of A3C’s progress.


February - Patricia Châu Nguyễn was hired to fill the position of both Assistant Dean of Students for Asian & Asian American Outreach and Director of Asian & Asian American Center.


May - Sophie Sidhu was hired as the new Director of the Asian and Asian American Center and an Associate Dean of Students.


August - Vigor Lam was hired in the newly created role of Assistant Director of the Asian and Asian American Center.


June - Daniel Hoddinott was hired as the new Assistant Director of the Asian and Asian American Center.


February - Nancy Martinsen was hired as the new Director of the Asian and Asian American Center.