Students and Staff

UC Berkeley CYWC Students

Monisha Ashok
MonishaAshokMonisha is a third year Public Health and Economics double major at UC Berkeley. She is originally from Tustin in Southern California. Monisha is part of UC Berkeley Model UN and is interested in international relations and hopes to work in the international public health in the future. She is also part of the Berkeley Group and does consulting for nonprofit organizations. She loves reading, going on adventures and trying new restaurants and finding the perfect cup of chai or hot chocolate, and especially loves traveling.

Anne Chiang
Anne ChiangAnne is a graduating senior from UC Berkeley, majoring in Public Health and minoring in Asian American Studies. She is an Oakland native, born and raised in the city where she went to school in the Oakland Unified School District. It was because of this experience and coming from Oakland that threw her in the arena of social justice, activism and advocacy. Coming in to Cal, she heavily participated in REACH! (the Asian Pacific Islander Recruitment and Retention Center) and SASC (Southeast Asian Student Coalition) and continued to be a similar spaces that dialogued and fostered community activism and advocacy. Anne was also the Executive Director for REACH! in ’07-’08. In particular, Anne is passionate about public health in the AAPI community, especially with reproductive justice. Currently, she is interning with APASD (Asian Pacific American Student Development). Anne loves the color purple and hates boiled carrots.

Iris Huang
IrisHuangI graduated from UC Berkeley May 2008 and received a B.A. in Molecular Cell Biology. I am currently working as a Senior Research Associate at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland. Working on the CYWC project shaped my current interests in women’s health as well as my future goals. I am interested in working in public health research and at the intersection between research and community outreach. Even though I graduated, I am still living in Berkeley because I am still very much in love with the city and university that played a huge role in shaping who I am today (and the diverse selection of great, affordable food can’t be found anywhere else!).

Susan Kim
SusanKimHey all~ hope this bio finds you well! I’m a third year, and I’m hanging in there for my Chemical Biology Studies. I’m still debating whether I should minor in Asian American studies or not… but regardless, I am interested in working with the Asian American population or maybe even more specifically the Korean American population once I graduate. I was pre-med when I had originally signed up for this project, and wasn’t knowledgeable about women’s health or the issues revolving around women’s health. And this was probably why I was even more interested in participating in this research, because it was about a health topic I wasn’t familiar with, that affected a population I myself was part of. And so I’m excited to continue learning and spreading information about women’s health issues, particularly Asian American women’s issues, to my fellow women so that they may do the same for others.

Melody Liao
Melody LiaoMelody Liao is currently a sophomore at UC Berkeley majoring in Public Health with an emphasis on health policy and management. She is a part of CYWC because she believes in liberating Asian American women from restrictive barriers stemming from stereotypes, lack of access to health programs, and underrepresentation in health care policies. Her favorite quotes include gem of gems Tennessee Williams': “Don’t look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you’ll know you’re dead,” and Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s: “A dinner which ends without cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye.” Both are magical in their own respective ways and stimulate philosophical agitation of the mind. She enjoys spending time with God, family, friends, pianos, books, oil paints, and dogs.

Rosalyn Neranartkomol

RosalynNeranartkomolRosalyn graduated from Berkeley in May 2008 with a Molecular and Cell Biology degree. She was born in San Diego, California but spent most of her childhood in Thailand. She feels very blessed to be a part of CYWC and had a chance to contemplate issues that she was never exposed to before, and had the opportunity to make a difference.

Currently, she is interning at the Berkeley senior center, which she enjoys and hope to be able to encourage others to join her.

Holly Nishimura
HollyNishimuraHolly is a fourth year undergraduate at UC Berkeley majoring in Integrative Biology. She is a native of the Bay Area and also attended high school in Canada for two years. Upon graduation from high school, Holly completed two years of community college which enabled her to achieve her dream of attending UC Berkeley.

Her interest in Public Health began while volunteering at Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice where she assisted in community outreach projects concerning California’s Proposition 85. In order to further pursue her interests in public health and women’s rights, Holly joined the CYWC in 2007. In her spare time, Holly likes to sing, dance, and play sports.

Divya Shenoy
DivyaShenoyDivya is a third-year undergraduate at UC Berkeley majoring in integrative biology and minoring in music, with plans of attending medical school. A California native, Divya was born in the Bay Area, but spent most of her life in southern California. Divya has always been interested in issues surrounding women’s health and empowerment. Currently, she mentors middle school girls on sex ed and other pertinent topics through an organization known as WYSE, or Women and Youth Supporting Each Other, for which she is the budget director. She is excited about raising awareness about API women’ concerns through the CYWC research project. In her spare time, Divya enjoys tennis, playing the piano, trying new foods and taking part in a Javanese Gamelan ensemble. She also likes dogs. And shopping.

UC Berkeley CYWC Staff

Amy G. Lam, Ph.D.
Research Consultant
AmyLamAmy received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from UC Davis and postdoctoral training in Health Psychology from UCSF. She was born in Canada to parents from Hong Kong, but grew up in New York and strongly identifies with her New York upbringing, calling herself a chinariqueña. Having a multicultural upbringing, Amy has always had a passion and commitment to serving and promoting health within communities of color.