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Viraj Patel is a social justice advocate, educator, and dialogue facilitator as well as an active blogger, consultant, and engaged community member. Born and raised in Downers Grove, IL,
She then earned her Master of Education at the University of Vermont, where her comprehensive exam thesis focused on the intersections of horizontal oppression and allyship around race and went on to work in student affairs at Georgetown and The George Washington University. Viraj has also served on a Board for the DC Chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum as well as the Board of Directors for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership. She is an organizer with the Philadelphia South Asian Collective and Radical Asian American Women's Collective, and has also organized with East Coast Solidarity Summer, a grassroots organization that works with South Asian youth. Professionally, Viraj has worked with the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP), whose mission it is to advance minoritized communities in higher education administration as a faculty member at the Dungy Leadership Institute and as a member of the organizing team for the NASPA Undergraduate Student Conference. In her free time, Viraj is probably watching the latest Bollywood movie, cooking a fun new recipe, dancing, running, checking out an exhibit at a museum, or reading at a coffee shop.
Office Coordinator | email@example.comKusum was born in India and is the oldest child in her family. She graduated from a three-year architecture college in 1972 and then worked as an interior designer and architectural assistant for fifteen years. From 1980 to 1990 she lived in Kuwait and then came to the United States with her husband and two daughters. Her husband, Devinder S. Soin, is a landscape architect. They experienced life during the Iraq-Kuwait War in the early 90s. Her family moved to the United States because her husband decided to go to graduate school at Penn after pondering over the decision for 18 years. He completed his Master's degree in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. Kusum's eldest daughter, Komal Soin, and youngest daughter, Ketki Soin, completed their undergraduate from Penn and medical school at Jefferson. Komal is currently working as a family doctor in Honolulu. Ketki is doing her fellowship in cornea surgery in Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. Her son Gaugin Soin is now attending law school at Villanova University. Kusum enjoys cooking exotic food. Kusum's entire family loves to travel. They have visited over seventeen countries. One day they would like to add China and Indonesia to their list. Kusum is excited to continue her passion in supporting students and the PAACH community at large.
Counseling Practicum Student
firstname.lastname@example.orgDanielle is a first year graduate student majoring in Counseling and Mental Health Services. With a B.S. in International Business from Pepperdine University, she hopes to work in career development and education counseling with young adults and adults. Outside of PAACH, Danielle enjoys great foods, theatre plays, and wishes to get a pilot's license in the future.
Graphic Design & Marketing Assistant
Olivia is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is born and raised in the suburbs near Dallas, Texas. Olivia is currently in the process of applying to clubs, but she is interested in international relations and business-related organizations! In her free time, she enjoys painting and meeting new people. Olivia also loves watching kdramas and cdramas, drinking milk, karaoking with friends, and traveling to foreign countries.
Graphic Design & Marketing Assistant
Ann is a freshman in Wharton from Buffalo, New York. Since she enjoys making connections both between various ideas and with people, she's planning to concentrate in Marketing and Business Analytics. When she's not drawing, listening to music, or writing, you can find her having meaningful conversations, staying organizaed, golfing, playing 8ball on iMessage, and working out.
Campus Relations and Programming Assistant
Jashee (pronounced Josh-ee) is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences from the Bay Area in California. She's undecided, but is currently planning on majoring in International Relations and minoring in East Asian Area Studies or Asian American Studies. Outside of PAACH, she's also involved in CSA and ALPS. She loves (needs) to do lists, boba and food in general, and listens to a lot of kpop. She also loves getting to know people, so please talk to her!
Mohammad ('Mo') is a sophomore from Elmont, NY in the College on the pre med track studying Health and Societies and South Asia Studies. When it comes to the Asian-American community, he is passionate about a wide range of issues including income inequality, mental health, and anti-blackness along with creating a welcoming space for Asian-Americans here at Penn through PAACH. Outside of PAACH, he is involved with Moelis Access Science and Global Brigades. In his free time, you can usually find him watching hockey highlights, binging Netflix, and/or scrolling through Twitter. Mohammad is incredibly excited to be a part of the PAACH family this year and is looking forward to making an impact. Don't be afraid to stop by and say hi!