The Amplify series was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Erica Turley-De Villa and Tanya Zabalegui, two of our board members for A&PW envisioned a form of storytelling that would provide a space for womxn of UCI to be heard. As Erica and Tanya began sharing their idea with individuals across campus, the support was immediate and generous. There are well over 15+ departments throughout campus that are either collaborating, supporting, or consulting on this initiative, and we are so grateful.
– Panelist discussion
– Q&A with the audience
Professor Judy Tzu-Chun Wu
Director, UCI Humanities Center; Professor, Asian American Studies; Chancellor’s Fellow
Wu emigrated from Taiwan at six years old and grew up in Spokane, WA. Her research and teaching focus on analyzing intersecting social hierarchies, such as those based on race, gender, sexuality, and citizenship. She explores how individuals form identities and navigate/protest social inequalities. Wu arrived at UCI in 2015 and became the first Director of the Humanities Center in 2019.
Elizabeth Yi, MPH, MBA
Division Administrator, Hematology/Oncology, UCI School of Medicine
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Yi immigrated with her parents and two siblings to Orange County in 1982. She spent her college years serving the Berkeley community as a coordinator and trainer for the Suitcase Clinic. She then joined the Peace Corps in Bénin, West Africa as a Rural Community Development and Health Education volunteer, working in maternal child healthcare, education in nutrition, family planning, and HIV. She joined UCI in 2012.
Dr. Thuy Vo Dang
Curator, Southeast Asian Archive; Research Librarian, Asian American Studies, UCI Libraries
Dr. Thuy Vo Dang is committed to advancing the practice of community-centered archives and foregrounding histories of marginalized communities. She has a Ph.D. in ethnic studies from UC San Diego and is co-author of the books, Vietnamese in Orange County and the forthcoming A People’s Guide to Orange County, a book about the lesser known places and people whose lives were shaped by struggles for power and belonging in this region.
Erica Turley-De Villa, Education Chair, A&PW
Research & Development Senior Analyst, UCI School of Biological Sciences
Tanya Zabalegui, Co-Chair, A&PW
Liaison for Corporate Engagement & Partnerships, UCI Division of Continuing Education
The series, called “Amplify Womxn of UCI: Hearing Our Stories,” features 5-minute video interviews of womxn of UCI. Each guest shares their personal experience with discrimination and/or profiling based on race, gender, disability and other pieces of their identity. The video series will be instrumental in documenting these thought-provoking stories. In order to preserve them for future generations, they will be archived in the UCI Libraries Special Collections & Archives.