UNC alumna Krupal Amin is back at the University after more than a decade — now as the associate director for the Asian American Center.
Amin began the position in July.
“The ability to sort of help build a center that is very close to home, for me at least, is very important for me on campus,” Amin said. “I was thrilled to be able to transfer over at the right time in the right place.”
Amin received her undergraduate degree in English and comparative literature from UNC-CH and went on to receive her master's degree in English literature from UNC-Charlotte. While she was at UNC-CH, Amin co-founded Tar Heel Raas, one of the University's South Asian dance teams.
Amin then completed her doctorate in English literature at Ohio State University. Before returning to UNC-CH, she taught American studies, critical race theory and women and gender studies at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.
“It's really awesome to be able to come back after this long and kind of look around and say, 'Oh, wow, there's a space on campus that is dedicated to doing this kind of work,'" Amin said.
The AAC was founded in 2020. The center operates under a mission to "cultivate a critical understanding of Asian American peoples, cultures, and histories," according to its website.
Heidi Kim, director of the AAC, said Amin's programming work includes planning academic talks, community workshops, community conversations and partnership programs around the University.
Kim said she felt lucky to have found someone who graduated from UNC-CH, has a degree in Asian American studies and helped found an Asian American-interest student organization.