Esther is a community organizer with the CARE Research Center at Mass General. Esther studied psychology, linguistics, and Asian-American studies at Stony Brook University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Psychology at Brandeis University. While at Stony Brook, they were trained in the AIDS Peer Education program which addressed issues of HIV/AIDS transmission and risk reduction strategies in diverse populations, identifying signs of behavioral risk, and working with individuals to support and facilitate the process of behavior change. They also worked with LGBTQ* Services to develop resources and initiatives for the LGBTQ community, foster community building and advocacy, and host events to engage and educate the campus community.
Currently, Esther is involved with the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU), an organization that aims to raise awareness and action around issues facing Asian/Pacific Islander (API) students and other students of color, as a Digital Advocacy Coordinator. In this role, they work to facilitate public facing conversations on API issues and lead the development of advocacy curriculums and workshops for the ECAASU intern program. In their studies at Brandeis, they are working towards a thesis on identity formation and hope to one day work as a counselor with API, low-income, and queer communities as well as other populations that have been historically marginalized, underrepresented, and underserved.