Meet the Staff
Pamela K. Sari, Ph.D.
Email: email@example.comPamela K. Sari is an American Studies scholar specializes in the intersection of religion and transnational Asian/immigrant communities. She earned her Ph.D. in American Studies and graduate minors in Anthropology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Purdue University. As a graduate student, she was involved in Asian Pacific American Caucus and Student Steering Committee to propose the AAARCC. She was a 2019 Summer Research Associate at The Pluralism Project, Harvard University. Her favorite parts of working at the AAARCC are the faculty/staff-facing and student-facing opportunities to weave Asian American and Asian experiences into Purdue's campus through research and programming. Her other favorite parts are late afternoons at the AAARCC when students gather with their communities: listening to music, doing homework, talking with each other. The cultivation of community that takes place is real, contagious, and energizing!
Manabu Taketani, M.A.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Manabu’s journey of working in higher education began in the state of Washington as a Hall Director and it eventually led him back to the region at Purdue! Manabu is passionate about creating opportunities for the local and campus community to engage with the Asian and Asian American experiences. His favorite aspect of working at the AAARCC is meeting many students, faculty, and staff members throughout the year at various experiences. One of his favorite memories of working at the AAARCC was hosting Wong Fu Products in Spring of 2019 and seeing the mounting excitement before and during the event as well as the great conversations that continue to take place afterwards.
Kathleen Wagner is the administrative assistant at the AAARCC. She has been with the AAARCC since September 2019. She majored in Psychology in undergrad and hopes to pursue a master's degree sometime in the future. Her favorite part of working at the AAARCC is getting meet and work with various faculty, students, and staff throughout the semester. One of her favorite memories from her time at the AAARCC was the DDI lunch panel featuring Dr. Gandhi, Sarah Hurwitz, and Ron Reagan.
Denny is an international student from Indonesia and currently studying Counseling Psychology at Purdue College of Education. Prior to entering the Counseling Psychology program, he served as a lecturer at Krida Wacana Christian University in Jakarta Indonesia and worked primarily with college students in an academic setting. Denny also has experience working in culture-based community capacity building and cultural education for the youth through his involvement in Sacred Bridge Foundation (a culture based not-for-profit organization) in Indonesia. Some of his favorite things working at the AAARCC are meeting diverse people and students, having the opportunity to attend diversity and inclusion events, promoting events and getting involved in AAARCC development. What he likes about AAARCC is the family, homely, and cozy type of working environment.
Undergraduate Student Ambassador
Renz Buenavista is a Junior majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology. He was born in Iloilo City, Philippines, and moved to Indiana when he was 7. He is one of the two Undergraduate Student Ambassadors and has been part of the AAARCC since early 2019. One of the things he loves the most about working at the AAARCC is the impact it has to Purdue. Having AAARCC on campus shows that Asian and Asian Americans cultures are respected and seen as a vital part of the Purdue experience. His fondest memory of the AAARCC was having discussions with one of the former directors and learning about the history and significance of the AAARCC. He hopes to inspire the same amount of curiosity and joy that AAARCC has given him.
Undergraduate Student Ambassador
Gwynelle Condino is from Herndon, VA and a Junior in Electrical Engineering. She is one of the AAARCC's Undergraduate Student Ambassadors and has been working here since October 2018. Her favorite part about working at the AAARCC is being able to meet several students from several walks of life. Everyone has a story to tell and it's interesting to hear about where everyone comes from and how they came to be here today. Her fondest memory of the AAARCC takes place in one of our open houses. She was able to share my story and provide insight and advice to future Purdue students on what college life is really like and what they could do to be successful throughout their college careers.