The classes of 2015 and 2016 could not be more excited to induct our fifth annual honorary member, Dr. Meeta Kumar. Currently serving as Associate Director/Director of Outreach and Prevention Services at CAPS (Counseling & Psychological Services), Dr. Kumar has been a very strong ally for the Asian and Asian American communities, especially regarding the recent discussions over mental health on Penn’s campus. She has also served as interim director for PAACH and has instructed different offerings for the Asian American Studies Program, forming close relationships with many Asian and Asian American students throughout the student body.
It is with great pleasure to announce our fourth annual honorary member: Karu Kozuma. First as Executive Director of the Office of Student Affairs and now as Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Karu has been a tireless advocate for the Asian and Asian American communities on campus. Moreover, he has been a role model and mentor to many students since arriving at Penn in 2010. We are incredibly excited to invite Karu into the Oracle family.
On behalf of the 2013 and 2014 classes, we would like to recognize and thank Dr. Fariha Khan, the Associate Director of the Asian American Studies, for her contributions to the ASAM program as well as to other organizations and events at Penn. As an individual who pushes forward Asian American rights and positive attitudes, we are delighted to invite Dr. Khan into the Oracle family as a mentor and adviser for Penn’s APA community.
The 2012 and 2013 Oracle classes inducted Kusum Soin as an honorary member of the Oracle Senior Honor Society for being an anchor to the Pan-Asian American Community House and for helping so many students over the years. Kusum currently serves as the Office Coordinator for PAACH and has been a part of the Penn community for over 12 years.
The 2011 and 2012 Oracle classes inducted their inaugural honorary member, Dr. Ajay Nair, for his outstanding contributions to the Asian Pacific community at the University of Pennsylvania. As one of the most senior Asian American administrators at Penn, Dr. Nair is an active advocate for Asian American students’ interests. In his position he oversaw student life, performing arts, Greek life, and more. Dr. Nair was formerly Director of the Pan-Asian American Community House and the Associate Director of Asian American Studies, He has also taught writing seminars, fieldwork courses, and most recently a course titled Asian American Activism.
Dr. Nair served as the Penn’s Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs from 2008 to 2012. He has also held positions at Columbia University, Penn State University, and the University of Virginia. The Society congratulates Ajay’s recent appointment as Emory University’s Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life.