Staff & Contact Information
Louie Lainez, a native Chicagoan, is Director for Asian/Asian American Student Affairs. He has been a member of the Northwestern University community since 2006, overseeing the Gateway Science Workshop (GSW) program for Searle Center for Teaching Excellence. Prior to joining Northwestern, Louie served as a coordinator within the Office of Racial Ethnic Student Affairs at Michigan State University. He has experience working with various student organizations and has researched the impact of peer facilitated learning programs on undergraduate student learning. His academic interests include intercultural group communication and student leadership development. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Communication at Michigan State University, and his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University Chicago. Outside of his work at the University, Louie enjoys spending time with his family, weight-training, and bowling.
Graduate Student Staff
Graduate Student Intern
Joy Fernandez is the graduate assistant for Asian/Asian American Student Affairs. She graduated from Lawrence University as a Gender Studies and Psychology major and History minor and is a second year within Northwestern's Higher Education Administration and Policy master's program. While at Northwestern, she has worked in different capacities, including the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Health Promotion and Wellness, and the Department of Campus Community and Inclusion. She has also served on the executive board of Northwestern's Queer Pride Graduate Student Association (QPGSA). She is excited to explore a different area of student affairs, especially since it is one that combines her interests in advising, consciousness raising, and creating spaces that provoke thoughtful dialogues around diversity. In her spare time, Joy can be found mentoring college-bound seniors through Chicago Scholars, feeding her sartorial appetite, abusing glitter glue, and backpack traveling to various pockets of the world.
Undergraduate Student Staff
Yuchi Chiu is a senior at Northwestern University pursuing a double major in Communication Studies and Commercial Music as well as a Certificate in Leadership. An active member of the student body, Yuchi currently serves as a Community Assistant for University Residential Life, the Operations Manager for Treblemakers, Northwestern’s only East Asian a cappella group, and a small group leader for the multiethnic chapter of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. In 2011, Yuchi was appointed co-Director for Global Compassion Project, a non-profit organization that sends students on summer projects to teach English throughout China. In his free time, Yuchi enjoys playing the piano, cello, and guitar, dancing with ReFresH Dance Crew, and swimming, biking, and playing volleyball with friends.
Arshad Haque is a senior from Chicago, IL. He has worked with MSA in his first two years as an Evening Assistant and now serves as an intern for A/AASA. He started at Northwestern as an Economics major and has added Middle East Studies along the way. As a lifelong sports fan and intense Chicago loyalist, it's hard to have a conversation with him without one or both of those things coming up. On campus, Arshad has held an executive role with the Muslim Cultural Students Association. After graduation, Arshad wants to, at some point, attend business school and also develop a mastery of the Arabic language. Through his involvement in the MSA, he hopes to bring together the many communities that frequent the MCC and Black House into one cohesive MSA family.
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