Meet the Staff

The staff of APIMEDA Programs and Services is available to help you find ways to be successful and thrive at UC San Diego. Please consider the staff below and the staff and faculty listed in the APIMEDA Lifebook as resources and mentors to you. Reach out to any of us at any time. We are glad that you are part of our UC San Diego APIMEDA family!

  • Windi Sasaki

    Windi Sasaki

    Associate Director, APIMEDA Programs and Services 

    Pronouns: she, her, hers, they, them, theirs

    Email address: wsasaki@ucsd.edu

    Windi Sasaki is a first-generation college graduate and an alumna of UC San Diego, where she received her BA in Psychology and minors in Biology and Classical & Medieval Europe. She received her MA in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she completed research on Asian American college student development. She has twenty years of experience working on college campuses with students. Windi is particularly excited for this role as it allows her to reach out to students who are looking for community around their racial and ethnic identity and help them join her as a proud UC San Diego alum.

  • Fran Bautista

    Fran Bautista

    APIMEDA Community Assistant

    Pronouns: they, them, theirs, she, her, hers

    Major: Global Health, Critical Gender Studies

    Minor: Human Rights and Migration Studies, Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies

    Year: Fourth Year, Class of 2021

    I am a queer Filipin@-American from the San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles County). I started to become more aware of my cultural identity in high school and am now using this time in university to become more connected to my cultural roots. Throughout my high school and now three university years, I have been passionate about growing and facilitating spaces for others looking for their sense of community. I hope to learn more about myself and grow with you all!

  • Dephny Duan

    Dephny Duan

    APIMEDA Community Assistant

    Pronouns: she, her, hers

    Major: International Studies - Political Science

    Minor: Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies, Human Rights and Migration Studies

    Year: Second Year, Class of 2023

    I am a first-generation, Chinese-American gal born and raised in San Francisco, CA. Growing up, I sought to discover the many, oftentimes hidden, stories of Asian American communities in trying to understand my identity and navigate the complex world. That curiosity naturally expanded to wanting to learn about communities beyond and understanding systems of power. Now in college, I center my interdisciplinary studies in Political Science, Ethnic Studies, and History while also exploring humanity and the world with the amazing communities and people here. I am excited to continue supporting, empowering, and growing with one another in communities and spaces like this together!

  • Vanessa Na

    Vanessa Na

    APIMEDA Graduate Community and Climate Intern

    Pronouns: she, her, hers

    Program: PhD student, Education Studies

    Vanessa S. Na (Vanessa Teck) is a Khmer American doctoral student in the Education Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego. Her research aims to understand the experiences of Asian American college students (specifically Southeast Asian American) and how communities of color build solidarities and coalitions in an effort to create alternate possibilities of existing, being, and doing in higher education.  Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked within equity and inclusion units, multicultural affairs, student affairs, and public relations. Vanessa received both her M.A. in Higher Education and B.A. in Intercultural Communications and Digital Media Studies from the University of Denver.