A4 Recognizes the Class of 2012 at Commencement
The A4 board joined the new A4 graduates from the class 2012 for an afternoon of music, dance, and celebration. The festivities opened with the joyous Lion Dance and Gendo Taido. A4 board member Tho Phan ’11 was on hand to recognize Jennie Yoo ’12 and Amit Jain ’12 for their community contributions to the Brown community during their 4 years at Brown. Everyone feasted on spring rolls, pizza and popcorn chicken. The event culminated in a spoken word performances by Archipelag-a, a Brown group who has performed on and outside the Brown campus. A4 hopes that these new graduates will continue their connection with Brown as alums, wherever they may be. Congratulations to the class of 2012
Award Recipient: Jennie Yoo ’12
Jennie Yoo has served in a number of progressive leadership positions within and beyond the Asian/Asian American community at Brown, including: Pan-Asian Council Co-Chair, Asian American Students Association Chair, Asian American History Month Programmer, and Meiklejohn Peer Advisor. In these various roles, she demonstrated her ability to delegate tasks efficiently, motivate peers, and bring to light pressing issues affecting the Asian American community.
Jennie is also an accomplished scholar. She is a research assistant in Engineering, undergraduate technician in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and former UCSF Amgen Scholar. She has published and presented her biomedical research and participated in an international honors program in Switzerland, India, and China (to engage in field work and comparative analyses)focused on global health systems.
Her recommenders for the award have characterized her as reliable, dedicated, and a “joy to work with”. Her contributions to the Asian/Asian American community are overwhelming and her colleagues have “full confidence that she will employ her knowledge, skills, and abilities to empower and advance Asian/Asian American communities beyond her time at Brown.”
Honorable Mention: Amit Jain ’12
Amit Jain has participated in several student groups and organizations at Brown including The Third World Center, The John Hope Mentoring Program, Badmaash Dance Company, and The Learning Exchange. He was a Minority Peer Counselor and Minority Peer Counselor Coordinator at The Third World Center. While he was coordinating the MPC program during his Junior year, he was able to raise the salaries of Minority Peer Counselors, which led to an increase in student participation by relieving the financial burden of students wanting to serve in the program. Amit has the ability to “both lead and follow”. He does not just participate, but looks to “affect institutional change by examining the systems within which he works”. He co-founded The Learning Exchange, which aimed to bring Brown students closer to the Providence community in order to teach children math through creating their own digital music, or computer science through animation.
Amit had various nominations from Brown for the Rhodes and Marshall scholarships, and his qualifications led him to be a finalist for the Truman Scholarship for leadership in public service. He also continues to utilize his skills and passion for the broader community in a field organizer position for the Obama campaign in Florida.