Dr. Jacob Chacko, Director

Contact: Jacob.chacko@rutgers.edu

PhD in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership with a focus on Global Studies in Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.S. in Teaching & Learning, Illinois State University
B.A. in Secondary Education & Spanish, Northeastern Illinois University.

Dr. Jacob Chacko (he/him/his) joins Rutgers as the Director for the Asian American Cultural Center. Previously, he served as the Inaugural Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Santos Manuel Student Union at California State University, San Bernardino and Coordinator for the Asian Pacific American Resource Center at Cal State Fullerton. After undergraduate studies, he lived in South Korea for several years teaching English and traveling South/Southeast Asia. He speaks Malayalam, English, Spanish, and a bit of Korean. Jacob was born in Kerala, India and raised in Skokie, Illinois; he is a 1.5 generation Indian American. He is also a member of Alpha Psi Lambda, ΑΨΛ, a Latino interest fraternity. During his doctoral studies, he worked as the graduate assistant of the Asian American Cultural Center and was immersed into the field of student affairs.

Naima Chowdhury, Assistant Director

Contact: naimach@echo.rutgers.edu

B.A Women and Gender Studies and Visual Arts, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
M.A. Ethics and Society, Fordham University

I am a proud EOF graduate and McNair scholar of Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Prior to joining, I worked in residential life for Stockton University, where I co-created and oversaw the Residential Oasis for Intercultural Engagement. My dedication to create inclusive safe spaces for students of color stems from my experience of growing up as a first-generation college student in a predominately white community. The need for equal access and opportunities in the Asian Pacific Islander and Desi American (APIDA) community led me to serve Rutgers students.

My work for intercultural engagement and social justice impacted many students of color learn to advocate for themselves and for their marginalized communities. I chose to serve the Asian American Cultural Center because I want to continue develop and guide students to become ethical leaders, who will decrease the social inequities in the world. At AACC, I use my expertise in programming and student development to create more inclusive and safe spaces where we promote equality and respect human dignity and life as the most valuable foundation of our community.

Senior Program Coordinator (Vacancy)

LaToshia Wells, Administrative Assistant

Contact: latoshia@echo.rutgers.edu