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May Diversity Month

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Event

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Join the university community as a panel of UMGC faculty and staff members—representing multiple cultures from across the Pacific Ocean—focuses on the traditions and cultural pride they bring to the American melting pot. They will discuss their connection to their heritage, what they are most proud of in relation to it, how they uphold family customs, and how their backgrounds have influenced their work here at UMGC.

Panelists will also address misconceptions and current issues that affect their lives in this country. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in the discussion with questions and their own cultural insights.

About the Panelists

Dharma Selvanayagam is the assistant vice president for development in the Office of Institutional Advancement. He was born in Malaysia, where his family of Tamil heritage from Sri Lanka had emigrated after World War II. He came to the United States in 1993. He earned a bachelor's degree from University of Wyoming in 1996, then earned a Master of International Management and an MBA from UMGC in 2002 and 2004 respectively. Dharma has worked at UMGC for more than 23 years.

C.J. Ochoco comes from a Filipino heritage and grew up on the Pacific island of Guam. She began her journey with UMGC in 2017 as a program and National Test Center coordinator with UMGC in Guam and joined UMGC Stateside in 2020 as a success coach on the Chat team, helping students achieve their educational goals. Currently based in Nashville, C.J. also serves on the board of API (Asian Pacific Islander) Middle Tennessee, a nonprofit working toward racial justice within the API community.

Katherine Im is a second-generation Korean American, the daughter of immigrants who came to the United States in the 1960s. Her first encounter with UMGC was while earning a second bachelor's degree in Computer Studies in 2002, and she joined the university faculty in 2005, where she is currently the program director of Behavioral Science and Gerontology. Before coming to UMGC, Katherine worked in the fields of mental health and neuropsychological research.

Please join us for this special online event.


Friday, May 13, 2022
Noon–1 p.m. ET


Online via Zoom


You must preregister to attend. Login information will be emailed to you.

Presented by the Office of Diversity and Equity