ASPIRE Board and Facilitators

ASPIRE Board and Facilitators

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Martina Liu | Chair

Martina Liu is a junior from Jackson, New Jersey (a suburban town with Six Flags as its defining feature) studying Sociology in the College of Arts of Sciences. Along with ASPIRE, they are involved with the Philadelphia Education Fund and APALI. In their spare time, they enjoy watching films, playing various instruments, doing cross-stitch embroidery, and reading about social movements.

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Asfandyar Cheema | Curriculum Chair

Asfandyar is a Sophomore in Wharton, concentrating in Marketing and Communications along with a minor in Fine Arts (Photography). He is from Pakistan and has changed cities, schools and in some cases, countries, over 9 times. He loves traveling, eating and having deep one-on-one conversations. He’s super passionate about the color turquoise and waffles and also has a pet Labrador named Waffles (who is objectively the cutest pup ever). He is one of the Co-Chairs of Curriculum for ASPIRE, Vice President of Marketing for Wharton Business and Law Association, House Resource Assistant at Rodin College House and part of the Official Photography team for the Law school.

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Mohammad Samroz | Curriculum Chair

Mo is a sophomore in the College studying Health and Societies. Originally born in Pakistan, he grew up on the border of Queens and Long Island and calls Elmont, NY home. At Penn, he is involved with various Asian American spaces including the Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) and the Asian Pacific Student Coalition (APSC). In his free time, you can find Mo watching hockey highlights (Let’s Go Islanders!!) or binge-watching TV shows and scrolling through Twitter.

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Baktiar Choudhury | Communications Chair

Baktiar is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Philosophy, Politics, Economics. He is a graduate of Central High School, and has worked in Asian American Studies and Asian American activism for the longest time. He took a year-long independent seminar on Asian American Studies in his third year at Central. Baktiar loves taking peoples ankles when playing basketball and Kobe is his favorite hero/mentor. He conducts research at the Graduate School of Education on the children of incarcerated parents. He plans on going to law school after the end of his undergraduate career, but is also interested in Government and Policy consulting.

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Ivy Liu | Communications Chair

Ivy Liu is a sophomore studying BBB in the College of Arts and Sciences. She hails from the exhilarating suburbia that is Ellicott City, Maryland. Besides ASPIRE, she is involved in Penn Women’s Biomedical Society, Penn Music Mentoring, Penn KDSAP, and VA Life Stories. In her free time, she loves to play piano, read quasi-intellectual books, travel, and explore Philly with her roommates.

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Ryan Le | Facilitator

Ryan Le is a freshman in the College of Arts & Sciences studying Chemistry. He is a Philly local who enjoys his days out and about in nature, though mosquitos do not enjoy him. He is always up for eating spicy food and looking for higher levels of spice. Korean fire noodles on 2x is just not doing it for him anymore. His hobbies include biking, swimming, binge-watching tv shows and/or movies. He is currently involved in VSA and PEER. But honestly… he likes being involved in anything cultural related.

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Nancy Lu | Facilitator

Nancy Lu is a sophomore studying Health & Societies with a concentration in Public Health. She grew up in New York City, where she learned to appreciate thin crust pizza and public transportation. (She can’t drive.) Nancy is also a fan of iced coffee and dogs. Outside of ASPIRE, Nancy is involved in the Spice Collective and the Penn Women’s Biomedical Society.

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Baotram Nguyen | Facilitator

Baotram Nguyen is a sophomore from Reading, Pennsylvania (home to the Reading Railroad on your Monopoly boards!) studying Biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences. On campus, Baotram is a member of the Vietnamese Students’ Association, a volunteer at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, and a tutor for the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project. In her free time, she can be found playing volleyball, playing the piano, or deafening her friends with her singing 🙂

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Peter Nguyen | Facilitator

Peter Nguyen is a freshman and studying Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences. He hails from Northern California near the San Francisco Bay Area. Along with ASPIRE, Peter is a part of PEER, the Vietnamese Student Association, as well as Penn Pre-Medical Association. As an avid gamer, he is usually seen with eyes glued onto a computer screen. In his spare time, he takes on the role of a boba enthusiast frolicking about the city of Philadelphia.


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Victoria Sansone | Facilitator

Victoria Sansone is a freshman from St. Louis, MO studying Social Impact and Marketing in Wharton. Along with ASPIRE, she is a member of the Daily Pennsylvanian, Wharton Asia Exchange, and the After School Arts Mentorship Program. Her hobbies include choreographing contemporary dances, attending folk and alternative music concerts, and exploring Philly’s vivid food and entertainment scenes.

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Brittany Xiao | Facilitator

Brittany Xiao is a junior from Sugar Land, Texas (near Houston!). She is majoring in Urban Studies. Besides ASPIRE, Brittany enjoys playing violin in the Penn Symphony Orchestra and in her Penn Chamber quartet. Her hobbies also include listening to music, walking around Center City, and cooking with friends.

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Lark Yan | Facilitator

Lark is a freshmen from Toledo, Ohio (where there are cornfields as far as the eye can see) and is potentially studying either Health & Societies or PPE in the College. Asides from ASPIRE, Lark is involved with the Chinese Student Association and the Wharton Undergraduate Healthcare Club. In her free time you can catch her in Chinatown finding the best dessert/boba places, crying over the latest C-drama, and attempting to bake with friends.