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Sat, Oct 28


UCSD-address to follow after registering

Beyond the Classroom: Practical Skills for APIMEDA Career Success

Are you a college student eager to jumpstart your career? Elevate your career prospects by sharpening your interpersonal and professional networking skills. This workshop is open to all college and university students in San Diego. Registration Deadline: Wed 10/25/23

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Beyond the Classroom: Practical Skills for APIMEDA Career Success
Beyond the Classroom: Practical Skills for APIMEDA Career Success

Time & Location

Oct 28, 2023, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

UCSD-address to follow after registering, la jolla


About the event


Our panel features Asian American professionals who will share their insights and experiences as they navigate their careers (bios below). Following the panel discussion, our hands-on workshop will provide opportunities for students to apply these interpersonal skills in real-world scenarios.

There will be refreshments and raffle prizes. Student attendees will also be invited to a subsequent networking event at the end of this year. This workshop is made possible by the generous support of the SDAPI Coalition.

Registration Deadline: Wed 10/25/23

Questions? Email

Meet Our Panelists:

  • Yu-Wen Chio is a first generation Taiwanese-American currently working as an engineer in the aerospace industry, after graduating from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. As an immigrant and queer woman, she saw the importance of community and its impact on providing a safe space for marginalized people. In her spare time, you’ll find her with her family, at the beach, playing with her dogs, or buried under a pile of books.
  • Katlin Choi (she/her) is an immigrant settler, living and working on the ancestral homeland of the Kumeyaay People, otherwise known as San Diego. She is a first-generation college student and a child of parents who labored in sweatshops and elderly homes as a homecare aide. They imbued her with a fighting spirit to live in accordance with her values and to uplift her community. As Associate Professor and Work Based Learning Coordinator at San Diego Mesa College, Katlin supports faculty to integrate career exploration and career preparation into their curriculum with an emphasis on equity and service learning/civic engagement. She also serves as the National Lead for STEM Counselor Trainings in NSF Alliance’s STEM Core Program and a Senior Faculty for Project SCOPE on a NSF iUSE HSI STEM grant. Katlin is also currently conducting research on the effects of culturally sustaining work-based learning activities on AAPI community college students as a doctoral student at Arizona State University.
  • Walter Chung is City Attorney of the City of Vista. Walter has extensive experience in trial and appellate litigation. His litigation successes resulted in The Los Angeles San Francisco Daily Journal naming him one of the top twenty-five municipal attorneys in the State of California. Prior to government practice, Walter worked at private law firms and as in-house counsel in the financial and tech industries. Walter earned a B.S. in Management Science from Case Western Reserve University, a J.D. from California Western School of Law, and a LL.M. in Banking, Corporate and Finance Law from Fordham University School of Law.
  • Brian Crie is a first generation college graduate and an alum from UCSD, where he received his BS in Chemical Engineering. He received his MA in Education with a specialization in College Counseling and Student Development from Point Loma Nazarene University, where he researched the impact of critical reflection on student sense of belonging.  Brian is passionate about working with students to develop leadership skills and finding the best avenues for success in a personalized way.
  • Narayan Gopinathan is a fourth year PhD student in the UCLA Institute of Environmental Sustainability. He completed his master’s degree at the Institute of Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver; and completed his BA in environmental economics and policy in Berkeley. His research explores the politics and policies, and technologies related to deep decarbonization, and he is doing his doctoral research on transportation decarbonization.

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