Carrie Kagawa (Class of '07) had the good fortune of being a student at the time the Asian American Cultural Center set up shop, in 2005.
It “had an enormous impact on me as an undergrad student at University of Illinois," says the chief of staff/consultant for the National Veterans Intermediary, who's pursuing a master's in international public policy at Johns Hopkins.
"It was through the AACC that I learned the importance of student organizing, activism, broader social justice issues and the impact I could have in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community and beyond," she says.
"The AACC was a hub for many meetings, dialogues and conferences, and afforded me an opportunity to develop and sharpen leadership skills that I still use today. After a decade of government service, I find myself back in school at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and frequently look to my experiences at the AACC and U of I as a north star.”