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Community-Engaged Research in Critical Diaspora Studies (part 1)

October 13, 2023 @ 12:00 pm 1:30 pm

Location: Mergenthaler 366
Pizza will be served.

Please join the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship for a conversation about community-engaged learning, research, and internships for undergraduate students. This event will feature brief presentations by Dr. Erin Aeran Chung, Dr. Shawntay Stocks, and Vanessa Han (’26), Angela Tracy (’25), and Ethan Tan (’25), moderated by Kobi Khong (’24). Speakers will emphasize their own experiences with community-engaged learning, how it has shaped their intellectual development, and why it has been crucial to their educational experience.

This is the first of two events planned for the fall ’23 semester concerning community-engaged learning in the Baltimore-DC region as part of the launch of the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship’s new undergraduate major, Critical Diaspora Studies (CDS).

The CDS major is the result of an undergraduate student movement that began in 2021 and advocated for an activism-oriented academic program that enables students to study the connections, solidarities, and dissonances between geographical and cultural areas of study—from Asian American Studies and the African diaspora to Indigenous and Latinx Studies—that are usually considered separately from one another, but are in fact connected through entangled histories of migration, colonialism, and social movements. The major will include a required community-engaged learning and research that focuses on these entangled histories and contemporary social movements.

The second event will take place at the new 555 Penn building on Saturday, Nov. 4. Students who are interested in attending should pre-register by e-mailing [email protected]. Travel costs and lunch will be provided.


  • Dr. Erin Aeran Chung is the Charles D. Miller Professor of East Asian Politics and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. She previously served as the director of the East Asian Studies Program and a founding co-director of the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship. Professor Chung specializes in East Asian political economy, comparative citizenship and migration politics, civil society, and comparative racial politics.
  • Dr. Shawntay Stocks is Associate Director, Fellowships and Community Engagement, Inheritance Baltimore. An expert on community-engaged research and learning, Dr. Stocks was previously the Assistant Director of Engaged Scholarship at the JHU Center for Social Concern.
  • Ethan Tan is a junior majoring in History and Medicine, Science and the Humanities with a research focus on the experience of Chinese-American immigrant life especially in the context of Chinese restaurants, which has led him to partner with members of the Chinese community in Baltimore.
  • Vanessa Han is a second-year undergraduate double-majoring in Sociology and International Studies and minoring in History. She has a particular interest in topics relating to race and social movements. Outside of academics, she enjoys participating in Inter-Asian Council and spending time with friends and family.
  • Angela Tracy is a third-year undergraduate majoring in Political Science and Psychology, and was part of an undergraduate team that conducted elite interviews and focus groups with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Baltimore.
  • Kobi Khong is a fourth-year undergraduate majoring in Public Health Studies at JHU and serving as the Advocacy Director of the Inter-Asian Council, dedicated to advancing diversity in education through the formation of the Critical Diaspora Studies major.

This event is open to JHU undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff.

Funding for this event provided by a JHU Nexus Award and the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship. Co-sponsored by Critical Responses to Anti-Asian Violence (CRAAV).

Photo of Baltimore Chinatown streetscape with rowhouses
Streetview of Baltimore’s Historic “Chinatown” on 300 Park Ave, taken on October 22, 2022 by Ethan Tan