The Asian American Center is a division of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs at Northeastern. In addition to having three professional staff members, the Asian American Center has a Board of Advisors who help to provide feedback and direction for the Asian American Center.
Delia Cheung Hom
Delia Cheung Hom joined Northeastern in June 2006 to serve as the Assistant Director for the Asian American Center. She is currently serving as the Center’s second director. Before joining the staff of the AAC, Delia worked in student affairs at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). She served as the Graduate Intern for Student Organizations for one year, and served as a Program Coordinator in Asian Pacific Student Programs for four years.
Delia’s passion for working with Asian American students stems from her experiences as an undergraduate at Vassar College. A firm supporter of a liberal arts education, Delia graduated with a BA in Cognitive Science, and is currently doing something completely unrelated to her major. Delia also earned an MA in Cognitive Science from Johns Hopkins University, and an MA in Education from Claremont Graduate University. A lifelong learner, Delia is currently pursuing an Ed.D. with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. Her dissertation focuses on the experiences of Asian American college students and their sense of belonging on campus.
After spending time on the west coast, Delia has come back to her home state of Massachusetts. Delia is a supporter of Boston Progress Arts Collective, a local Asian American arts organization and is also a co-founder of the Asian Amerian Women’s Political Initiative State House Fellowship Program. When she’s not at work, Delia enjoys being a feminist, reading, writing and doing number puzzles in her head.
Kristine A. Din
Senior Assistant Director
Prior to joining Northeastern in September 2014, Kristine served as a Residence Hall Director at the University of Connecticut (UConn) for two years. UConn is also where Kristine received her B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology with a minor in Sociology. Kristine’s dedication to serving Asian American students and striving for social justice began when she became involved with the Asian American Cultural Center (AsACC) at UConn.
Before attending graduate school at the University of Vermont (UVM) to pursue and earn an M.Ed in Higher Education and Student Affairs, she spent one year working as an AmeriCorps Public Ally in New Haven, CT. As an Ally, Kristine coordinated an afterschool program for K-8 students while working with a cohort of Allies to implement programs to support local communities and families.
Kristine loves spontaneous adventures, especially if they involve food and coffee shops, so she looks forward to many excursions in and around Boston. She also really enjoys travelling and is always plotting the next quest. Contrary to popular belief, she is an introvert and likes to read books any chance she gets.
Aaron J. Parayno
Aaron Parayno joined Northeastern in August 2012 to serve as the Graduate Assistant for the Asian American Center. He is currently serves as the Assistant Director. Prior to working at Northeastern, Aaron was a graduate student at Boston College where he also worked as a graduate assistant for the Office of Student Involvement.
Aaron’s drive for serving the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American community derives from his involvement as a student leader in Boston College’s AHANA (African, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American) community. Aaron received his bachelor’s degree in history, and psychology from Boston College in 2012, and his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration in 2014.
Though he has been a Bostonian for quite sometime Queens, NY will always be home. When not working at the center Aaron involves himself with other initiatives furthering support for the Asian American community. Aaron considers him self as a “chef wannabe” often experimenting with new recipes and can often be found cooking or baking. When he’s not at work he enjoys playing tennis, learning new languages, dancing, watching foreign films, and dramas.