Activism

social justice activism

I've been a grassroots social justice activist and a community organizer since 2003. My core activism work has been around empowering the LGBTQ and women's community, though I care deeply about all social justice and human rights issues. I believe in community / coalition building, grassroots organizing, intergenerational / intersectional approach, and making incremental change. 

I am always open to hearing about activism work and organizations, and connecting with other passionate change agents. Please contact me if you want to work on an initiative together, or need a sounding board.

michelle@visionawaken.com

I am currently open to board membership opportunities as well as select pro-bono work. 

 SF Human Rights Commission LGBT Advisory Committee '13-'14

SF Human Rights Commission LGBT Advisory Committee '13-'14

Past Organizing / Activism Work Sample

  • Board Member, LYRIC LGBTQ Youth Nonprofit
  • Group Chair, SF Human Rights Commission LGBT Advisory Committee
  • Communications Lead, Deloitte National Diversity & Inclusion Council
  • Regional Programs, Deloitte GLOBE LGBT Employee Resource Group
  • Co-Founder, Queer Student Union - UC Berkeley '07
  • Co-Founder, Queer Youth Leadership Camp
  • Co-Chair, UC System-wide LGBTQ Association
  • Founder, Women @ Moovweb initiative 
  • Youth Council Member, Gay Straight Alliance Network
  • Undergrad Representative, UCB Chancellor's Advisory Committee
  • Team Lead, AIDS Walk (10 consecutive years)
 Queer Student Union (previously Queer Straight Alliance) Day of Silence March '09

Queer Student Union (previously Queer Straight Alliance) Day of Silence March '09

Honors & Recognitions Sample

  • San Francisco Pride Grand Marshall Nominee ('13)
  • Cal Alumni Association Leadership Award ('08, '09, '10, '11)
  • Cal Alumni Association Pride Gay and Lesbian Leaders Scholarship 
  • National Korean-American Honors Scholarship
  • UC Berkeley Outstanding Queer Organization Award ('10)
  • UC Berkeley Most Inclusive Queer Organization Award ('10)
  • UC Berkeley Emerging Student Organization Oski Award ('09)
  • UC Berkeley Inclusive Student Organization Oski Award Nominee ('09)
 
When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
— Audre Lorde