MOVE: AAPI Community Organizing Fellowship

AHSYP

Coordinators

Jake/Jae Won Sim

Jake / Jae Won Sim

MOVE Coordinator

Re-entry 4th year, Ethnic Studies Major, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies minor

Hi, my name is Jake or Jae Won Sim (he/ they) and I am one of MOVE coordinators this year and am so grateful and excited for this opportunity to help facilitate the much needed community based work, learning, and partnerships that complement the learning in classes surrounding organizing, equity, and social justice. Last year, I was an intern at EBALDC (East Bay Asian Local Development Center/ Corporation) in the department of Neighborhood and Economic Development, helping to provide social and economic services for those who are often underserved and marginalized, working to create neighborhoods that are affordable, safe, healthy, diverse, and just. For a while, I had been looking outside of our university campus academic institution for learning and growth in my development as a student, an activist, and an organizer to uplift the marginalized in a society of dangerous racial capitalism. Finding a space and community in which students come together in activism and organizing with API cultural spaces has been such a blessing for me. While many like to think of the university as the centralized authority for all knowledge and “higher” knowledge, I believe that true wisdom, knowledge, and experience comes not from the books and titles, but from the community and lived experiences of regular real life people. I hope that MOVE can continue far into the future to help provide a pipeline and access to learn from the elders, the organizers, and the youth in our local communities as well as from the amazing student Fellows. 

Jilly Choi

Jilly Choi

MOVE Coordinator

4th year, Political Science major, Global Poverty & Practice minor 

Hi everyone! My name is Jilly (she/her/hers) and I’m one of the MOVE coordinators for this year. I’ve been a part of MOVE for three years now, my first year I was a fellow at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network and the year after I transitioned into my current role as coordinator. Being a part of MOVE has transformed my perspective on community activism and organizing by compelling me to critically reflect on the theories and methodologies we learn inside the classroom with the reality of social change work. It’s been a very powerful experience having the opportunity to build relationships with grassroots leaders, elders, and youth who are actively involved in engaging and empowering the AAPI community. I continue to support MOVE because of its mission to provide a campus to community pipeline in which students are able to grow persxnally, politically, and professionally through experiential learning and project-based work. I hope to offer this same opportunity to a greater number of student activists at Berkeley as well as continue to expand our partnership with other community organizations in the Bay Area. 

Fellows

Parneet Behniwal

Parneet Behniwal

Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)

2nd year, Psychology major

Hi! I’m Parneet. I’m a second-year intended Psychology major. I use the she series, and I’m working with the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (or APEN for short) as a MOVE fellow this year. The organization prides itself on fighting for a more equitable and worthy environment for underserved communities, not just in terms of climate change and pollution, but in terms of inequalities brought about by income disparity, tax law, community de-centered corporate interests, and so much more. As this was an election year, my time with APEN has been spent doing direct voter outreach for Prop 15, advocating for reinvestment in our schools and communities. Post-election, we’ve started doing some data analyses on API voter priorities and hope to form a more concrete narrative about what matters to API voters. As the year comes to a close, I hope to start doing more work for the Green New Deal and its investment in our environment, not just in terms of the Earth but the people living on it. It’s the grassroots efforts that make the most change in the issues that truly matter to people, and that’s exactly what’s happening here. I’m proud to be working with such an organization, and I’m excited to see where this work will lead me in terms of my leadership, problem-solving, and of course my worldview.

Flora Huynh

Flora Huynh

AYPAL: Building API Community Power

2nd year, Media Studies major, Journalism minor 

Hi y'all! I'm Flora (she/they) and I'll be working with AYPAL this year! I'll be working on using visual arts to communicate AYPAL's vision/mission statement while incorporating youth into the art. I hope to give back to the API community by providing resources through educational visual arts on topics such as gentrification and gender justice. I look forward to learning more about the rich hxstory of Oakland and how to better support the community there!

Kathy Moua

 

Kathy Moua

AYPAL: Building API Community Power

2nd year, Public Health major

My name is Kathy, and I am a second-year intending to major in Public Health. My pronouns are She/Her/Hers. This year, I am working with AYPAL as a MOVE Fellow. Given the current circumstances, we have transitioned to online programming. One of AYPAL's biggest projects is the arts and cultural show called Fresh off the Block or FOB. This takes place during December, so we've been trying to navigate the direction of this program to accommodate these new changes. Working with AYPAL allows me to work with the community outside of the school campus and more specifically, the youth. From this, I value how AYPAL's mission is to amplify the voices of the youth and the issues involved in the community. The transition to online programming makes me look forward to the challenges that we might face as a team. This will help develop my problem-solving skills and help me grow in different ways.

Michelle Yiu

Michelle Yiu

Chinese Progressive Association (CPA)

3rd year, Public Health & Integrative Biology major, Asian American studies minor 

Hello! My name is Michelle Yiu (she/her), and I am a third year undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, majoring in Public Health and Integrative Biology with a minor in Asian American Studies. Hoping to eventually go into the health care field, I am interested in social activism, community health, and holistic health advocacy and education. My primary goal as a MOVE fellow at CPA this year is to fully experience and contribute to community grassroots organizing work in the SF Bay Area Chinese American community. I will be working mostly with youth members in Youth MOJO and College Corner, as well as engaging with the Civic Engagement team as much as I can. 

Andy Huynh

Andy Huynh

Asian Health Services Youth Program

2nd year, Psychology major, Creative Writing minor

Hey y'all! My name is Andy Huynh (he/him/his) and I am a 2020-2021 MOVE fellow for Asian Health Services Youth Program (@ahs.yp). AHSYP focuses on working with youth to facilitate their growth through health education, professional development, and community service by providing resources such as workshops and curriculums. The projects I am working on include facilitating sex education, creating mental health resources, and creating a curriculum for the spring that utilizes storytelling for persxnal healing and growth. I feel strongly about working with youth as that is the time where they are exploring their identity, creativity, and values and I want to be a source of guidance for them. What I am most excited about is being able to be a part of a community based organization that is outside of the Berkeley campus and engage in work that benefits communities in need of extra support and resources.

Shuge Luo

Shuge Luo

Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)

3rd year, Interdisciplinary Studies major

Hello, my name is Shuge (she/her/hers), and I'm currently a MOVE fellow at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network. In the past six weeks, we've been working on the Schools and Community First campaign by hosting civic engagement events, such as texting banking and phone banking. Our campaign is also part of the efforts of AAPI force, as well as the Million Voters project. As a MOVE fellow, I facilitated a phone banking event, as well as an art event where we discussed and envisioned how our schools and communities could benefit from additional resources.

Through this fellowship, I'm learning what it means to be a community organizer and how to build relationships with other people. I'm very grateful for the mentorship and support that APEN has afforded me. I'm looking forward to continuing my learning about community building and creating enduring systemic change. In Spring, I plan to work on data visualizations and storytelling projects. 

Isabelle Osorio

Isabelle Osorio

Banteay Srei

3rd year, Business Administration & Economics major, Global Poverty & Practice minor 

This is Isabelle (she/hers)! She is a fellow with Banteay Srei (@banteaysrei.510), and she is currently working on building a workshop about online safety and digital resilience for young women. "I'm excited to collaborate with the youth to create resources that not only inform but also resonate with them." During her time with Banteay Srei, Isabelle hopes to learn more about the issue of CSEC in the Bay Area, build sistahood, and be a resource for the youth.