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  • Peer Advisor

Hey everyone, I’m Navpreet. I am a fourth year majoring in Asian American Studies and Environmental Studies while pursuing a certificate in the Technology Management Program. During my time at UCSB, I was extensively involved in our student government through Associated Students and residential life. Since I have an interest in social entrepreneurship and community organizing, I interned at local community organizations and start-ups.  While I am still exploring my career options, I want to work to help underserved communities and provide more resources for those who need it. In my free time, I highly enjoy watching anime, spending time with family, exploring local cultural sites, and taking strolls in the wonderful outdoors.


As an Asian American American Studies major, I found my niche on campus in the department through our wonderful students, faculty, and staff. Everyone is welcoming inside and outside the classroom. The intellectually engaging content of the Asian American courses have carried over to various aspects of my life. I have gained critical thinking skills which I utilize on a daily basis. The conversation never ends in the classroom for any student taking an Asian American studies course.  Students grapple and develop new perspectives within courses ranging from arts, public policy, history, writing, and much more. Many Asian American majors and minors including myself  have come from our courses but these courses would benefit any student.


You are always welcome to come into my office hours to talk about anything from getting involved on campus, navigating academic challenges, or deciding to major or minor in Asian American Studies.



  • Student Staff

I am a second year student minoring in Asian American Studies. I look forward to a year of learning, building friendships, and experiencing and trying out new things. I am currently undeclared, but I am looking into majoring into psychology or sociology. In my spare time, I enjoy playing soccer and hanging out with friends at the beach.

  • Peer Advisor

Hi! I am a third year Asian American Studies major double with Financial Math and Statistics. I spend my free time learning to cook and trying out new things. My hobbies include photography, learning classical instruments like the violin and piano, and painting. Normally you will see me in Asian American Studies classes so if you see me, come say hi! Of course, you are always welcome to come to my office hours.

I adore Asian American Studies courses because they are highly applicable in daily life. In our classes, we examine multiple intercultural perspectives in literature and history. I learned many useful things that aren’t available in STEM classes. In Asian American Studies courses, you get the chance to work closely with the professors to develop your communication, writing, and analytical skills. In these classes, students are given the chance to express themselves and grow as individuals. I started off as a minor and became a major because I realize each of the interdisciplinary topics gives me invaluable knowledge, background, and experience. Regardless of becoming a major/minor, taking an AsAm class will change your outlook on mechanisms of the world and yourself.

If you have questions and can’t come to my office hours, email me at and I’ll respond to you as soon as possible. 

  • Mondays 12:30 – 3:30 in the main office (HSSB 5044) or if you can’t find me there I’ll be in the Reading Room (HSSB 5026) or by Appointment
  • Peer Advisor
Hello there,
My name is Michelle Rose Jocson-Macrohon and I am a 3rd year Asian American Studies Major and Technology Management Program. I was born in Pomona but grew up in Fontana, California in the Inland Empire. I am a Filipino/Chinese American First-Generation student. I was apart of Residential Housing Association which is the student government that oversees Residential Living and Kapatirang Pilipino. I came in as an Economics and Accounting Major, then thought of Communications and Sociology. But then I found the Asian American Department and fell in love with my overall experience taking the classes. 
There is a trend within these Asian American classes that I have taken that keep me coming back for me. Where possible, courses rely on historical and comparative methodologies, a combination of epistemological/theoretical concerns with an analysis of “real-life” problems, and a critical approach to the processes of knowledge construction, all of which allow a student to develop a contextual understanding of the issues they are studying. Although, called the "Asian American Studies Department, the content of the class is not only about Asian Americans. These classes encompass multiple factors that involve and are relevant to groups not only pertaining to Asian American History, covering a broad range of issues, from the historically constructed and contested nature of individual identities to issues of cultural and historical representation, social justice, and struggles for racial redress. Its overall objective is to encourage, allow, and facilitate a study of the self in relation to the other. Because the department is a bit smaller than some of the other department here, I have had the greatest opportunities to interact with on an intimate level, as the less student, they have the more time they have to meet with you 1 on 1.
Please feel free to ask me any questions about my experience in the Department. I have office hours Thursdays 12:30 - 3:30 on the 5th floor of HSSB in the Asian American Studies Department. My email is also: