Director, Asian American Student Services
Soyon Bueno serves as the Director of Asian American Student Services at the University of Colorado Denver. She has over 14 years of experience in higher education specializing on recruitment, retention, advising, and student support services. She enjoys her role in helping students get engaged on campus, and providing cultural programming that raise awareness about the diversity and richness of the AAPI community.
My name is Kimberly Xiong, and I am currently a first-year student enrolled at the University of Colorado Denver. I went in as an accounting major but decided to switch to digital design to pursue my true passions. I’m also working as a graphic designer, for the Center of Identity and Inclusion at UCD. I also take up the roles as their photographer or writer at times. My parents are both of Hmong ethnicity and were from Laos. My dad also lived in France for a time, so he can speak French fluently. Then there's my eight-year-old brother, London, who is a big motivator in my life to always do good. I spend most of my time either drawing, doing my photography, reading poetry, or writing books.
My name is Rose Vang! I'm currently a first-year Hmong-American student attending UCD. I decided to pursue a Biology major because of my passion to become a Pediatrician. My love for working with kids and interests in human biology has become the inspiration to pursue these goals. My career at the moment, though, consists of being an office assistant for Soyon Bueno at the CII office. Some of my responsibilities include creating the newsletters, recording Soyon's budgets, and anything she may need help with. As for some of my interests, I like to watch movies, play the guitar, and sing. Finally, my all-time favorite food is sushi!
Luis Hernandez Guerrero is a third year student studying Digital Design at the University of Colorado Denver. He is currently a graphic designer for the Asian American Student Services at the Center of Identity and Inclusion. Luis grew up in Mexico and then moved to the United States when he was a teenager. Luis is a creative person who understands the power of images and visuals. This is why he is interested in videography, photography, and designing for social justice by creating impactful social campaigns. Luis passionately likes to give back to the diverse student community. Luis plans to continue his college education and seek to pursue a graduate degree after his bachelors.
Pajterja (Blossom) Lee
Office Assistant / Event Planner
Hello! My name is Pajterja but I go by Blossom. I am a Hmonng American
student attending CU Denver. Both of my parents are Hmong refugees from
Laos. They both came to America at different ages but met in Fresno,
California. My major is Biology. With this degree, I decided to go into
research or working in the laboratory. I find everything very
interesting, but with biology, I love learning about the human body and
the amazing things it does. As a fourth-year student, I am still open to
a different career which could be a good or bad thing. I will be
working as an office assistant and helping with event planning for Soyon
Bueno in the CII office. I am also involved in the Hmong Student
Association (HSA). Some things that I like to do is read, dance, sew,
exercise and be creative in my spare time.17
Office Assistant / Event Planner
My name is Daniel Tran, I'm currently a first-year Vietnamese-American
student enrolled in the University of Colorado Denver. I graduated from
Denver Abraham Lincoln High School and enjoyed theater and music. I
decided to major in Music Performance in singing because I want to
improve my voice and become a better performer. I enjoy dancing and
acting too. I work for the Asian American Student Services program in
the Center for Identity and Inclusion. My primary role is office
assistant and some event planning. I am glad to be a part of CII because
I enjoy socializing with a variety of different people and I am excited
to make great memories of college life.
Judy Tran is a pre-medical student studying Biology and Psychology at the University of Colorado Denver. She is the Program Assistant for Asian American Student Services at the Center for Identity and Inclusion. She believes there are infinite amounts of materials to gain knowledge and learn experiences in the medical field. There is always more to learn the application of critical ways about how we live in a world around us, how we take care of ourselves, and how we recognize social interactions with one and another.
However, this does not stop her to passionately help out with the diverse community. She continues to be involved, volunteer, and to do community service outside of campus. She has a valuable passion to advocate diverse students and run the Council of Asian Student Leaders and Asian Student Association throughout her educational path. As an Asian American, it is very important to respect an individual's identity and understand how race and ethnicity have shaped her perspective about society. In the future, she envisions to make a change in an individual's life, endorse for people, and make a positive impact on others to ultimately climb up to the top together.