Anteater Cultural Awareness Program (ACAP)

Albert Huang

ACAP Commissioner

My name is Albert Huang (he/him/his), and I will be serving as one of the co-commissioners for ACAP in the 2021-2022 academic year. I am a third-year Psychological Sciences major double minoring in Management & Digital Information Systems. When I am not working, you can see me spending quality time with friends & family, skateboarding, photographing, creating & editing designs, trying new culinary cuisines, and learning something new!

I was fortunate enough to be born and raised in Brazil by my Chinese parents, and it has helped me broaden my views and beliefs of two diverse cultures growing up. Language, traveling, and learning have been part of my identity since then. Language helps us express our feelings and be aware of them in the world around us. Traveling opens our eyes to different cultures and realities. And learning helps us cultivate and appreciate each of these feelings and cultures in a closer depth.

The most beautiful part of it all is the profound impact language, traveling, and learning can have on one’s life, helping us recognize and appreciate other cultures.

Although ACAP is a new commission, I look forward to creating a meaningful journey during your time in this space, with long-lasting memories both in friendships and cultural knowledge into your life.

Office Hours: Monday 2-3 pm

Pauline Bao

ACAP Commissioner

Hello everyone!

My name is Pauline Bao (pronouns: she, her, hers), and I am a third year Psychological Sciences and Business Economics double major. I was born and raised in the 626, and I am excited to be serving as 1/2 of your ACAP Commissioners for the 2021-2022 school year! I love learning about the traditions of different cultures and seeing how day-to-day life varies for people around the world. I am looking forward to spreading resources that will increase cultural awareness throughout UCI and help others appreciate our culturally diverse community.

As for a little bit about me, I love spending time with my friends and family, trying new food and boba places, obsessing over reality tv shows and dramas, going to the beach, and playing Genshin Impact. Traveling is also something I would love to do more of, and I’d love to study abroad in the future!

I’ve been in ASUCI for two years now (shout out to Art Lab and RAR!), so I would say I know my way around. Please feel free to reach out to me for whatever reason, and I’m excited to work with the UCI community this year!

Office Hours: Thursday 3-4 pm (In-Person)

Commission Description:

The Anteater Cultural Awareness Program is a course created under the 2020-2021 Visions Leadership Program with the purpose of promoting a safe and engaging environment for students to learn about diverse cultures. When interacting in cross-cultural situations and spaces, a lack of awareness can lead to inaccurate conclusions. Every student and culture within the UCI community deserves to be acknowledged and treated with respect, and ACAP hopes to extend the resources and means for students to gain necessary intercultural and interpersonal skills.

The ACAP course aims to equip students with awareness and knowledge of diverse cultures that are presented throughout the quarter. Specifically, the course will feature dynamic and engaging discussions and activities through collaborative efforts exploring topics including but not limited to a culture’s: food and cuisine, fashion, and social practices. By educating students about these topics, the program will promote inclusivity and cultural competency.

Commission Goals:

  1. Teach students about stereotypes, injustices, and false narratives that occur towards different cultures and learn to address and identify cultural appropriation.

  2. Collaborate and gain intercultural and interpersonal skills by conversing with international students in a safe and inclusive environment.

  3. Engage in interactive discussion and activities around learning about cultural heritages, while incorporating elements of language and tradition.

  4. Organize events to increase cultural awareness amongst the general student population.

  5. Foster an inclusive atmosphere within the UCI community.

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