Our endless, heartfelt thanks to HPG's 2020-2021 advisory board for your thoughtful and inspiring work this year. We'll be learning from your designs for years to come, and we're so excited to continue working with some of you next semester.

With the close of another year, the HPG team will be saying goodbye to graduate assistant Dominic Dongilli and postdoctoral fellow Ashley Cheyemi McNeil as they transition off of the team. We’ve been so grateful for Dominic’s guiding presence in our weekly meetings and the pizzazz and vision he has brought to every newsletter and wish him all the best with his HPG internship this summer and his progress toward a PhD in American Studies next year. 

During her two years with us, Ashley has been a transformative force not only in the work of HPG but also across campus. Ashley models our hopes for HPG. She takes her deep and abiding commitment to Asian American literature and culture, critical race theory, and antiracism to all facets of her work—whether she’s acting as project manager for a working group, organizing a major campus event, or orchestrating online workshops. We look so forward to following her in her future plans. 

We’re also welcoming Luke Borland as our 2021-2022 graduate assistant! A graduate student in UI’s History department, Luke is taking on a new role as graduate assistant after two years serving on the HPG advisory board. Ashley, Dom, and Luke are all brilliant members of the HPG community and we feel so lucky to call them our collaborators.