Jake / Jae Won Sim
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.