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Teaching is complex work, but teaching for equity can sometimes also be lonely work. Collaborating with other like-minded, equity-focused educators can revitalize and validate all you do. It's also a great way to not only gain new perspectives and strategies, but also an effective way to be innovative.

Through this work, I've forged professional relationships, sisterhoods, and partnerships that have been instrumental in my journey. 


Below is a selection of presentations I've offered to local and national audiences, sharing about the power of interdisciplinary collaborations to empower learners to be sense-makers and change agents. 

Mathing for Social Justice 

In collaboration with Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, I consulted a national team of local cohorts of teachers on how mathematical investigations can deepen their projects of addressing local social issues. 

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Solidarity in Antiracism

This cross-country collaboration brought together some of my professional inspirations to create this inspring message to use the Hope Wheel to engage students to tap deeply into our humanity and respond to injustices in solidarity with each other. 


AACPI Curricular Resources for 
K12 Math Classrooms

In a collaboration with education researchers from across the country, I shared the impact of using mathematics and an AAPI Framework to developing a critical lens towards what we are teaching and what our children are learning about identity, power, oppression, and themselves. 


Mathematizing Children's Literature

This presentation was a part of my collection of collaborations with UCLA Math Project that uses mathematics to comprehend the cultural references and relevance of children's books. This particular one discusses the nuances of oversimplifying data and how it can exclude marginalized communities. 


Mapping Standardized Test Scores

In an ongoing collaboration with CA Mathematics Project, we guided groups of high school students  in this multi-day lesson to make sense of real data and relationships between socio-economic status and standardized test scores. Lessons like this position students as mathematical sense-makers and change agents in their own communities. 


Cultural Stewardship

This presentation was an earlier part of my collection of collaboration projects that uses mathematics to comprehend the cultural references and relevance of children's books. This particular one, in collaboration with UCI Science Project, discusses the stewardship of deep-sea divers to preserve traditional customs in S.Korea. We created a self-guided activity packet for students to explore patterns and buoyancy.

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Navigating as a Queer Teacher/Student

I co-created this affinity space with Ph.D student Socorro Cambero, as a response to the needs of our community. Since it's inaugural launch in 2022, I've supported student (name removed for privacy) as they fully embrace their whole identity and source it for strength to support others. 

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History of the Land We Reside On

Through the context of the Japanese/American incarceration, we use mathematics to not only understand the reparations they received, but learn about the history of the land that sits below our feet. This presentation was offered during the inaugural Teaching for Justice conference, to kickstart our spotlight on bringing AAPI curriculum into k12 classrooms. 


Authentic Identities in Math Classrooms

I was told this session was the first folks have ever attended where their own identities were the topic of conversation, and how these identities shape how we teach and interact with children. Together, with Theodore Chao from Ohio State University, we discussed how implicit biases and internalized racism inform the way we teach and uphold educational systems. 


Youth Participatory Action Research

In partnership with UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, and EastYard Communities, we collaborated to merge statistical reasoning and data analysis and GIS mapping to investigate environmental justice issues and community activist organization to support Ethnic Studies students through their YPAR projects. 


Understanding Climate Change Data

In collaboration with UCI Science Project, we examined climate change data through a mathematical lens. We urged participants at the statewide science educators' conference to foster data literacy in our students in order to develop a critical lens of "fake news" about our environment and learn to take action in measurable ways. 


Everyday Hidden Statistics Series

Part of the Hidden Statistics series, this was a collaboration with UCLA Math Project that develops a critical examination of the increasing wealth gap and inequalities dominating our country. 


Navigating as a Female Teacher of Color

I co-created this affinity space with Ph.D student Socorro Cambero as a response to the needs of our community. Now in it's 3rd year, I uplift early career teachers as leaders of the space. Creating opportunities as such is an intended outcome of this community. 

At the end of the inaugural year, we shared our experience with the UTEACH community at large, urging program leaders to create similar spaces for their prospective programs. 

Two participating members exercised their leadership by traveling to Texas and co-presenting to this national audience. 


Social Justice in a Virtual Environment

As a high school teacher, I co-taught a unit on using mathematical models to understand the case for reparations for descendants of enslaved African Americans. I collaborated with a history teacher to merge lessons about slavery and Japanese American incarceration. I spoke about this lesson at conferences across the state and country to the NCTM president, professors, teachers, and leaders, urging them to  foster honest conversations about antiracism in the math classroom. 



Looking forward to connecting with you. 
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